how not to do streaming: ABC screws up the Oscars

Unbelievable. From Variety:

ABC’s Live Oscar Internet Stream Suffers Nationwide Outage

Unexpected demand for ABC’s live stream of the Oscars telecast over the Internet resulted in the video going down for users across the U.S., the network said Sunday.

The live video through the Watch ABC app was “down nationwide due to a traffic overload/greater than expected,” a network rep said in an email. As of 10:45 p.m. Eastern, the feeds were back up, according to the rep, declining to provide additional info.

“Unexpected demand”? Unexpected? It’s the Oscars. The Oscars. No amount of demand can be unexpected.


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