Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened

Dan Rayburn, Streaming Media:

Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first I assumed it must be a capacity issue pertaining to Akamai, a deeper look at the code on Apple’s page and some other elements from the event shows that decisions made by Apple pertaining to their website, and problems with how they setup storage on Amazon’s S3 service, contributed the biggest problems to the event.

Apple’s live stream of iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event started, then I heard a foreign language being dubbed over, then it stopped. I couldn’t get it to stream again and kept on receiving a message stating I didn’t have access permission. I gave up trying after a while; I wasn’t expecting that. So I went to The Verge and read the live blog of the event. I eventually watched the “live stream”, late last night, after Apple posted on its website: