Will the Royals Break the Internet?

Streaming wedding will test YouTube

The much-anticipated Royal Wedding is almost upon us, and the tech world is watching closely to see just how much live streaming Will and Kate the Internet can handle. YouTube's dedicated streaming feed is expected to be the lens through which 400 million people watch the proceedings at Westminster Abbey tomorrow, placing additional stress on the Google-owned website.

Internet architects are not worried. Chris Sharp, the general manager of content and digital media at the massive internet traffic website Equinix, says online viewership of the Royal Wedding will be a drop in the bucket in relation to overall Internet traffic on a normal day. YouTube uploads enough video daily to fill six years.

However, not all devices are created equal. Sharp says watching the event on smartphones and tablets over the cell network could possibly jam a network not yet robust enough to handle such demand.

Unlike any royal event in the past, Buckingham Palace has made the pending nuptials particularly Internet friendly, assigning royal household staff to post updates to Twitter and Facebook, and add photos to Flickr. Despite the cyber revolution, experiencing the seven-hour event will be an old-school experience for most. Two billion wedding watchers will tune in from televisions around the world.