Google and Youtube seems to have miscalculated the needs of Indian cricket fans. The IPL channel at YouTube failed the viewers. It might have failed to service the viewers duo technical problems.
When I tried to watch the game, all I could see was a blue screen which talks about technical problems. May be I was one among the 8 lakh viewers expected to watch the game over the Internet and got the bluescreen of youtube death
Even now what I see is the bluescreen and not the highlights or the match videos.
The problem seems to have been one of sheer scale. It takes months for highly popular videos to get a million hits in youtube. IPL, on the other hand, was at 0.9 million simultaneous viewers, leading to ‘break off’ problems for a large number of users. Some, however, continued to watch the transmission uninterrupted.
An update through Google Buzz by Varun Singh indicates that Youtube is serving the videos from a single IP Address. We might need to see how the Google is going to scale up the infrastructure and systems to support the user needs in the coming days. [Read more…]