Michael Jackson Memorial Service reaches global
audiences with the Octoshape Infinite Edge
Octoshape and Highwinds CDN delivered high quality uninterrupted coverage from
the Michael Jackson Memorial Service to a global audience in 203 Countries.
Atlanta, Georgia – July 8, 2009 – The emotional and widely attended Jackson
memorial service was successfully streamed live via the Octoshape Infinite Edge
technology to millions of viewers in over 200 countries. Through global news
coverage and social networking sites, the memorial service reached well beyond the
walls of the Staples Center and ranks among the most-streamed live events in the
history of the Internet, perhaps second only to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
The Octoshape / Highwinds solution delivered the streams directed from the official
online epicenter for the event, http://www.michaeljackson.com/. As these world
impacting, large scale events occur, Octoshape and Highwinds have consistently
ensured that users around the world can access a high quality, stable stream over
On the Octoshape / Highwinds solution over 1 Million unique users watched 2.7
million live streams of the memorial service, and cumulative successful stream time
exceeded 94 million minutes throughout the day. Exceptional user experiences were
delivered through the Octoshape platform over the Highwinds CDN, as evidenced
by reliable, high-quality streams that averaged 90 minutes in viewing time per user.
This data was collected through precision reporting tools and real-time analytics
from Octoshape and Highwinds.
Highwinds and Octoshape have previously partnered on other high-profile events,
including the Inauguration of President Obama, the Presidential Election, the US
Airways crash landing in the Hudson River, and the bombings in Mumbai, to name a
few, which also resulted in massive scalability and long viewing times. The industry is
clearly trusting the Octoshape Infinite Edge technology for these events making it
the defacto standard for streaming high quality, large scale live events to a global
“The successful streaming of yesterday’s event was yet further proof that Highwinds
and Octoshape together deliver streams of the largest events on the planet to
massive audiences, and through streams that are simultaneously high in quality and
quantity,” said Scott Brown, CEO of Octoshape in the United States “It is because
of this successful track record with these types of events that customers who
require scale and quality at a sustainable cost rely on Highwinds with the
Octoshape Infinite Edge. We are very proud of the numbers we achieved yesterday
for our mutual customer, and pleased to support their massive global viewership on
a daily basis.”
“It seems only fitting that Jackson’s lifelong command of pop culture and the world
stage would culminate with an event that reached viewers in seemingly every corner
of the earth,” said Steve Miller, president and CEO of Highwinds “We were pleased
to play a key role in delivering this history-making event to global audiences who
enjoyed long, reliable streams of the tribute.”
Nearly 40% of the viewers watched high quality, no buffering streams from outside
the United States, a clear testament to the resiliency, scale and global reach of the
Octoshape Infinite Edge technology.
Due to its global reach, Octoshape has been recently nominated for the European
Readers Choice Awards in four categories:
- Best Streaming Innovation
- Delivery Network
- Reporting, Analytics
- Streaming Services Provider
Users can vote for Octoshape at the Streaming Media website:
Octoshape is a leading provider of fully hosted, high-quality streaming solutions.
Octoshape Infinite Edge technology provides High Quality Video, Scalable
Infrastructure and Resilient Signal Acquisition. Working with partners like Adobe,
Highwinds, and Keynote the Octoshape technology is powering large scale high-
quality streaming worldwide.