Obama Victory Creates Historic Global Demand for Web Content

By on 11/05/2008 7:11 AM @beet_tv

Akamai_2_5

As the world watched the U.S. campaign coverage and the Obama victory speech on computers seven hours ago, demand for news content hit a historic record, according to data from Akamai, the Cambridge, Massachusetts provider of global web content distribution for CNN, NBC, the BBC, Reuters and many others others.

Akamai registered a
record 8.5 million "global visitors per minute" at 11:00 P.M EST last night.  The previous record
of 7.2 million was set in June 2006 for the World Cup, company data shows.  8:30 a.m. update: Here’s statement provided to Beet.TV by an Akamai spokesperson:

"We believe the information that is
communicated by this Net Usage Index for News is an important
measurement tool for showing the Internet’s pervasive role in our day-to-day
lives.  Yesterday’s Election Night coverage generated the highest peak in
global Web traffic — to a collective set of leading online news sites
– that we have seen since launching the index in August of 2005.  We
expect Web traffic levels to also be high today as people continue to follow
this historic event."

Meanwhile at CNN.com, traffic broke records too.  Here’s a statement
from a CNN spokesperson emailed to Beet.TV earlier this morning:

"On Election Day,
CNN.com attracted more than 27 million unique visitors – the highest in the
site’s history. Further, CNN.com Live – the Internet’s only live, multi-stream
video news service – broke all previous records serving an impressive 4.9
million live streams, nearly tripling its previous traffic record. CNN.com also
generated more than 276 million page views and served an additional 6.7 million
on-demand video streams on Nov. 4."

Yesterday afternoon, I interviewed CNN.com’s Susan Grant about the record traffic. While I was in the CNN newsroom, I interviewed special correspondent Soledad O’Brien

2:36 p.m. update: Msnbc.com received over 20 million unique visitors, nearly 250 million page views, and served 9 million video streams on election day, shattering site records, the company just announced.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

More Beet.TV Election Coverage:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Talks About Exit Polls and This Digital Election

Major Media Networks Provide Mobile Election Video, Services

NBC Has Giant Viewing Party at Rockefeller Center Tonight

Exclusive: Traffic Spikes 400% on Election Day for CNN.com

NBC News Digital Chief: This Is Our First "Two Screen" Election Night

Active Media Streams Soar on Election Day

Recent Videos
image
AOL Tops comScore Rankings of Video Advertising Properties

In comScore’s monthly ranking of video advertising properties, AOL reached the top spot for the time. It  ranked #1 in video ad reach, serving ads to 53.8 percent of the total U.S. population in October. BrightRoll Platform came in second with 52.3 percent reach, followed by LiveRail with 52.1 ...

image
Direct-To-Consumer Video Offerings Slated to Grow, thePlatform’s Roberts

Expect a rash of direct-to-consumer over-the-top offerings from networks and broadcasters in the next year or so, says Marty Roberts, co-CEO of thePlatform in an interview with Beet.TV. “Networks and broadcasters need to establish a direct relationship with the audience,” he says, and ...

image
Tribune Picks Taboola For TV Sites’ Content Marketing: Report

Big media companies are increasingly keen on locking in long-term native advertising commitments, if the latest of two big announcements this week is anything to go by. Tribune Media’s broadcast subsidiary Tribune Broadcasting, whose TV stations include KTLA of Los Angeles and WGN-TV of Chicago, is ...

image
Mediaocean Extends Digital Video Ads With Videology

Mediaocean, which currently helps ad buyers plan, execute and analyze advertising on TV using software, is about to get greater traction in the online video world, through a partnership with Videology. The integration will make online video ad inventory amassed by Videology buyable by Mediaocean‘s ...

image
TV Everywhere Authentication Rates Improving, Marty Roberts of thePlatform

In-home, improved authentication protocols can dramatically improve the consumer experience for TV Everywhere, says Marty Roberts, co-CEO of thePlatform in an interview with Beet.TV. In some cases, log-in failure rates are north of 40% and that’s too high to be sustainable. However, when multichannel ...

image
Video Ad Customization Platform Eyeview Raises $15 Million in New Venture Round

Eyeview, the New York-based company that provides marketers with the technology to personalize digital video ads to specific consumers, has raised an additional $15 million, the company announced on Monday. More on the raise and other developments reported here on Re/code by Peter Kafka. Last month, we spoke ...

image
AOL Presents iJustine In Chicago: the Beet Video Summit w/ McDonald’s,Target, Digitas, Havas and...

iJustine, a pioneering  innovator  in the Web originals space will headlining a two hour video summit on the emerging medium of digital video. Also participating will be  brand marketers  from McDonald’s and Target and media agency execs from Digitas, Havas and Starcom MediaVest Justine will speak ...

image
Digital Means ‘World Of Opportunity’: DigitasLBi’s Shlachter

NAPA, CA — As much as it poses challenges, the ongoing explosion in digital media is also opening up a wealth of new opportunities for marketers to reach consumers, says DigitasLBi North America’s chief investment officer Adam Shlachter. “The numbers are there now – if you look at ...

image
NBC Launches Programmatic Division Across Properties

NAPA , CA — NBC Universal recently launched a programmatic initiative called NBCUx as part of an effort to enable data-centric buying across its properties. As programmatic buying spreads in usage, the key is to view all inventory in this potential light, says Aaron Radin, SVP Partnerships and Portfolio ...

image
thePlatform’s mpxReplay Enters VOD Encoding Fray

Comcast-owned video management outfit thePlatform is launching a new product with aims of helping content owners encode broadcast material for VOD quicker. So-called mpxReplay can be used to help viewers watch recently-aired shows as catch-up VOD or to start over watching currently-airing shows. “We ...

image
Web Star iJustine Joins Brands and Ad Execs in Chicago for Video Summit with AOL and Beet.TV

Video star iJustine, whose series on AOL about wearable tech has gotten some 20 million views in its first season and is now in season two, will be among the speakers at a video summit in Chicago on November 19 at the Soho House.   The program will take a look at how Web creators, brands and their agencies ...

image
FreeWheel Aims To Empower And Protect Advertisers, Publishers

NAPA, CA — Comcast-owned video ad server FreeWheel cut its recent partnership with TubeMogul to protect but empower both sides of the advertising chain, says FreeWheel business solutions GM James Rooke. The partnership sees advertisers use their own audience data to buy video ads via TubeMogul, ...

loader