Yesterday Felix Baumgartner performed a skydive from the edge of space in a record breaking stunt. The Red Bul Stratos event was streamed live on Youtube and reached eight million concurrent views, making it the highest-ever concurrent viewing figure on the video network.
The jump was the highest altitude skydive in history where Felix reached a top speed of 833.9 mph, a feat which made him the first skydiver to break the speed of sound. It was shown on Red Bull’s YouTube channel and at its peak there were more than 8 million concurrent livestreams.
According to AllThingsD, the previous record was 500,000 which was reached during the London Olympics. Barack’s Obama inauguration in 2009 set a different Web video streaming record: Web video utility Akamai reported that it served a peak of seven million streams to different Web video outlets, though not all of them were live video.
Yesterday, Red Bull uploaded a photo to their Facebook page of Felix landing which received over 500,000 likes, 14,000 comments and 66,000 shares.
Below is a 90 second highlights video of the incredible jump (which at the time of writing also has over 700,000 views).