Record numbers watch YouTube Symphony Orchestra Grand Finale stream
The Grand Finale of Google's YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 was streamed 33 million times in 189 countries, making it one of YouTube's most watched streaming events to date.
The three-and-a-half hour concert was held in Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House on March 20 and was streamed live and re-broadcast around the globe for a Google-run project that aimed to "make classical music accessible."
"[T]he event was streamed to nearly one-and-a-half times the entire population of Australia, where the event took place," and included 2.8 million mobile live-streams, said Google in a March 28 blog post, "making it one of our biggest ever streaming events to date, on mobile and desktop."
The top 10 countries viewing the performance online were:
Highlights of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 event can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/symphony
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