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Old January 21st, 2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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Inauguration sets Akamai Network Records

Nothing to do with the political side but Adobe Flash and Akamai set some big mile stones during the broadcast and streaming of the live Inauguration.

Some tidbits for the bandwidth inclined:

"Total traffic on the Akamai network surpassed a rate of more than 2 terabits per second at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET. Akamai also delivered over 12,000,000 requests per second at the same time."

"Today also represented a single-day peak on the Akamai EdgePlatform for concurrent live streams utilizing Adobe Flash technology, serving over 800 Gbps of Flash streaming."

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Old January 21st, 2009, 11:59 AM   #2
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I watched the Inaugurations yesterday. It could have also broken the largest big screen rental in one day.

http://www.digitalsignageweekly.com/article/24330.aspx

Now, anyone else noticed that whenever they switched cameras ( Main/back audience), the audio was switching as well ( mixer to ambiance).
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Old January 21st, 2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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Yes, the audio was excellent. I'm wondering how Maryland Sound's feed was used (they did the podium miking and distribution to the live audience). Did the TV networks take the MSI feed and mix ambient sound?

I'm local to DC but they managed to find some shots that I never would have thought of, making the monuments and buildings look even more impressive than the usual "beauty" shots you see on TV.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 05:34 PM   #4
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I didn't think much of CNN's coverage. During the speech they'd cut away to people yawning in the crowd, UNframed close ups (backs of people's heads). Generally not too dramatic.
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Old January 21st, 2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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Bounced between CSPAN and NBC most of the day and noticed that the majority of their angles came from a pool feed, with the main difference between the two being the audio commentary. A remarkably well-executed event, camera-wise, considering the logistics...
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