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Why Apple’s iPhone 6 Livestream Failed Yesterday

by Todd Haselton | September 10, 2014September 10, 2014 9:00 am PST

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If you were trying to tune in to Apple’s iPhone 6 and iWatch livestream event yesterday, you may have noticed it was frequently interrupted with a message showing the “TV Truck Schedule” for the day’s events. Or, you might have lost the stream completely, been knocked back to the start of the event and more. It was certainly tough to follow along no matter what device you were using, and now one media expert suggests why it may have happened.

“The bottom line with this event is that the encoding, translation, JavaScript code, the video player, the call to S3 single storage location and the millisecond refreshes all didn’t work properly together and was the root cause of Apple’s failed attempt to make the live stream work without any problems,” StreamingMediaBlog‘s Dan Rayburn explained in a report cited by 9to5Mac on Wednesday. “So while it would be easy to say it was a CDN capacity issue, which was my initial thought considering how many events are taking place today and this week, it does not appear that a lack of capacity played any part in the event not working properly. Apple simply didn’t provision and plan for the event properly.”

So, while people around the world were downloading Destiny, trying to watch Apple, streaming Monday Night Football games, downloading betas for EA Sports FIFA 15, EA Sports NHL 15, watching President Obama’s ISIS speech, all events that Rayburn predicted might slow the Internet down this week, it appears Apple has itself to blame. Thankfully we were in the audience to cover the event real-time and, and thankfully, Apple had its own live blog.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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