Hotstar set a new global benchmark during the India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final, registering an unprecedented 25.3 million concurrent viewers, shattering its own previous world record of 18.6 million set during the VIVO IPL 2019 final. Hotstar also witnessed upwards of 15 million concurrent viewers across multiple matches, through the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Commenting on the development, Varun Narang, chief product officer, Hotstar, said, “We are thrilled about, once again, re-writing the global record for the highest concurrent video viewership anywhere in the world. Using technology in creating a delightful consumer experience is at the core of what we do. From building scalable services that enable massive concurrency to managing complexities of live streaming from video acquisition to authentication to delivery, we prepare for failure in the system.”
In addition to India, Hotstar brought the ICC Cricket World Cup to consumers in the US and Canada as well, who tuned in to the platform via the app, web, Google play store, app store, as well as on living room devices like Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Android TV, and Samsung Smart TV.