10:36am PT by Lindsay Powers
Royal Wedding Sets a Web Streaming Record
Livestream reported a record 330,000 simultaneous streams of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding, according to GigaOm.com.
2.4 million people watched live streams during the wedding, according to stats by Akamai, a server company that supported the royal wedding streaming video on CNN.com, Fox News and E! Online, among thousands of other sites. An additional 500,000 people streamed on-demand video. (A rep for Akamai points out that not everyone could have been watching the ceremony, "but you can make pretty good correlations given the time of day.")
That's nearly double the streams seen during the World Cup, which hit a peak at 1.6 million.
Traffic tracker Sandvine reports Web traffic was up 20 percent overall during the hourlong wedding ceremony according to preliminary numbers.
Page views were down across the Web during the ceremony. Akamai reports a peak of 5.4 million page global page views per minute, compared to the current record of 10.4 million a minute set on June 24, 2010, when multiple World Cup games and the longest-ever Wimbledon match took place.
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Once ratings are calculated, the wedding is expected to become the most-watched TV event of all time. More than 750,000 million tuned in to watch Prince Charles wed Princess Diana in 1981.