The ugliest moment of this years Olympics became one of the most viewed video for the Beijing Olympics. Janos Baranyai, the hungarian weightlifter ended his run for the medal when he dislocated his right elbow. This video alone has got over 5 million views and is still getting about 50k views a day today, down from about 100k views it was getting a week earlier. A picture is worth a thousand words, see for yourself.
First, both the ceremonies were just amazing and was a feast for the eyes. Its hard to compares such events but we have some data from our Scope Video platform to put them against each other. We decided to compare the online video viewership of both the events. Almost a week after the games are over, the aggregate videos are still getting about 130k views per day across close to 70 video sites. Below is the breakdown of the total videos uploaded for these events in the Olympics.
The traffic stats for both these ceremonies are very similar as of today. On the 25th, after the Olympics concluded, the closing ceremony edged out the opening ceremony by 200k views but soon the viewership leveled off and are receiving approximately 130k views per day.
The top 5 countries consuming these videos were located in United States, Great Britain, China, Australia & Canada. Though the closing ceremony was more popular in Australia than Canada. Below is the country breakdown of both the events as observed in the Scope video platform.
Beijing Olympics came to an spectacular end in China today. China did not disappoint and the closing ceremony was as lavish and impressive as the opening ceremony and it gave the world an extravaganza to remember. People will be talking for a while about these events and will continue to look for any content possible for the Olympics online.
We were tracking every video and every user interaction from even before the games begun in Scope. The video uploads peaked right on the day one of the events with a significant number of videos coming in for the opening ceremony itself. The ceremonies remain the most watched “event” of the games and the most searched and watched videos online. YouTube received the gold medal as the lion share of those videos were being uploaded to the worlds most popular video sharing destination. YouTube alone has driven over 100m views so far with both live and deleted videos combined and no other site even comes close. The videos spread to over 70 video sharing sites from around the world with most views for those videos coming from United States, Canada, Great Britain and China. Thanks to the timings of the games in China, NBC could not show most of the events live leading to several people uploading full length HDTV quality games on peer-to-peer sites. Over 500 individual torrents were uploaded for the opening ceremony itself getting over 1m downloads so far.