Rugby World Cup Final breaks streaming record in Africa


The 2019 Rugby World Cup final between The Springboks of South Africa and The Lions of England broke an all time streaming record, Multichoice has said.

With many Africans rallying behing the Boks and with DSTV in many African countries it’s not a surprise that the match was streamed acrtoss the continent.

”It’s fair to assume that the load during the Final was the largest ever seen in Africa with three times more peak concurrent viewers than in the first game and double the number who watched the 2018 football World Cup Finals,” said Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of Connected Video at MultiChoice.

The data carried by content delivery network partners during the Final peaked at more than 500 Gbps (more than 4 000 GB of data per minute), another record for DStv Now in Africa.

MultiChoice has also revealed that during the firsts match they received complaints from some viewers as the congestion gave other viewers especially the ones streaming problems making them miss parts of the games.

But their engineering department had to work on the connectivity issues and when they got to the final, despite the volumes the viewers managed to stream the game.

They had to re-work systems architecture and also work with partners who deliever the stream to customers to sort out bottlenecks which were affecting image quality.

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