Rafael Nadal's unprecedented eighth French Open championship wasn't the only record set at Roland Garros last week. France Télévisions' live webcast of number one-seeded Nadal's semifinal victory over second-seed Novak Djokovic on Friday, June 8th, set new peak concurrent viewer and traffic records for the event on the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
More than 126,000 viewers were simultaneously watching the four-hour match at one point, driving traffic to peak at 155 Gbps. Both figures mark new highs for France Télévisions and its delivery of the live online video broadcast of the French Open over Akamai.
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France Télévisions used Akamai's Sola Media Solutions to live stream every match from Roland Garros to viewers in France and French territories watching on the website and through tablet and smartphone apps. Through a "multi-court" feature, viewers could choose to watch any match of their choice either live or on-demand.
Supported by the Akamai Intelligent Platform, Sola Media Solutions enable the economic online distribution of content to the broadest possible array of devices, delivering rich, high-definition quality video to any device at broadcast-size audiences.
Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai.