ABC’s Live Oscar Internet Stream Suffers Nationwide Outage

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Demand for ABC’s live Internet stream of the Oscars telecast Sunday evidently caught the network off guard, and the video feed went down for users across the U.S.

The live video through the Watch ABC app was “down nationwide due to a traffic overload/greater than expected,” a network rep said in an email. As of 10:45 p.m. Eastern, the feeds were back up, according to the rep, declining to provide additional info.

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ABC was restricting the live feed of the 86th Academy Awards telecast over the Internet only to subscribers of eight pay-TV operators, the biggest of which is Comcast, and only in ABC’s eight owned-station markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif. Watch ABC is available on web browsers, for iOS and Android devices and Apple TV.

However, through the Watch ABC service, the Alphabet net also was delivering live backstage content — free to anyone — comprising three channels pulled from 15 live cameras on the red carpet and throughout the backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre. This year ABC did not offer a standalone Oscars app, instead pushing the content through Watch ABC.

The outage was met with dozens of user complaints on Twitter that the video feed was either working poorly — or not at all.

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  1. Patty Weber says:

    My smart phone with the ABC ap and my connection online were both tied to my Charter TV service and both connections failed during the 2014 Oscars. Perhaps a different network next year would be better equipped to handle a larger load with a more reliable IT department planning for the largest possible streaming audience, and investing in proper equipment to handle it. Perhaps the 2015 Live Oscar show with Internet streaming should be at Fox or NBC. This is the digital age, and people responsible to handle the overwhelming amount of internet streamers should have been prepared. What a big flop with the ABC technology folks failing to meet the demand.

  2. voiceswriter says:

    Reblogged this on Voiceswriter and commented:
    How do you spell “FAIL” again? Oh! Right. =/

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