Michael Jackson Memorial Service Sets New Ustream Record

Attention from all over the globe focused today, July 7, on the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the memorial service for Michael Jackson was held.  Thousands today said goodbye to Jackson within the Staples Center, and what’s more, millions were able to be part of it from afar on Ustream.

It was the biggest traffic event in Ustream’s history. We hosted nearly 4.6 million total streams and 1.6 million total uniques from fans around the world, including the breaking news feed from our partner CBSNews.com. It was truly an interactive event, with more than 12,000 messages sent per minute in our chat rooms from viewers throughout the world. More than 3,000 Tweets were sent mentioning @cbsnews – the vast majority came from people watching on Ustream.

Ustream was also the only place to watch the service on the iPhone, via the Ustream Viewing Application.

Check out our homepage with highlights from notable moments of the service, including the Jackson family’s remarks, performances by Usher, Stevie Wonder, and speeches from Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson.

Here’s a screenshot of the interactive experience on Ustream, with viewers explaining where they were watching from:

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