Space Jump Stream Blows Curiosity Landing Out of the Stratosphere With 16x More Concurrent Views

Over 8 million people were tuned in simultaneously to watch as Felix Baumgartner jumped from space, breaking records for the most concurrent livestream views ever on YouTube. To put this number in perspective, the previous record for concurrent views of a YouTube livestream stood at 500,000 during the summer Olympics. Felix’s jump even blew the Ustream livestream of the Curiosity Mars landing out of the stratosphere. Ustream’s livestream of the Mars landing had a total of 3.2 million viewers, but only 500,000 concurrently—that’s 16 times more concurrent views!

If you tuned into YouTube yesterday afternoon to watch Felix Baumgartner jump out of a balloon from frickin’ space to break 50-year old records for the highest jump from a platform, the longest distance freefall, and maximum vertical velocity, you weren’t alone.  Over 8 million people were tuned in to watch the jump at the same time, breaking records for the most concurrent livestream views ever on YouTube.

To put this number in perspective, the previous record for concurrent views of a YouTube livestream stood at 500,000 during the summer Olympics.  Felix’s jump even blew the Ustream livestream of the Curiosity Mars landing out of the stratosphere.  Ustream’s livestream of the Mars landing had a total of 3.2 million viewers, but only 500,000 concurrently—that’s 16 times more concurrent views for yesterday’s jump!