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February 19, 2010

Obama, MJ, 'Twilight' top Tiger's Ustream audience

Posted: 02:52 PM ET

Ahead of today's apology from Tiger Woods, some people speculated that the event would break the Web's record for most people watching a live video stream at the same time.

Obama's inauguration in January 2009 set that record, with 7.7 million simultaneous video streams across the Internet as a whole, according to Akamai Technologies Inc.

Tiger's "I'm so sorry" speech didn't even come close to that - at least not on Ustream.

According to numbers sent to CNN by Ustream spokeswoman Shari Foldes, Woods' audience for his 15-minute talk fell short of viewership for Obama's inauguration, Michael Jackson's funeral and last fall's "Twilight: New Moon" red carpet premiere.

But it's difficult to compare these numbers, Foldes said, because the events varied so greatly in length. Plus, Woods' apology was carried live on a number of Web sites aside from Ustream - including, YouTube and Hulu.

But here are Ustream's numbers, nonetheless.

What do you think they say about us as a society - or as the Internet audience? Feel free to chime in with comments.

Michael Jackson's memorial service: 4.6 million total streams
"Twilight: New Moon" red carpet premiere: 4.1 million total streams
Obama's inauguration: 3.8 million total streams
American Music Awards red carpet pre-show: 3.4 million total streams
Golden Globes red carpet pre-show: 1.7 million total streams

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Aly   February 19th, 2010 5:28 pm ET

We, as an individual, are boring people. We lead boring lives, so we are starved for watching things that have nothing to do with us. I, for one, don't watch TV or much on hulu. I refuse to watch anything on youtube when I can get the song I want to play off of or something, without a video. People are always wanting to watch drama enfold, or are curious about what drama is going on now. Same with chatrooms. "who slept with who" "who is dating who" standard gossip/drama. People love it.

Without Wax,
Aly from OKLAHOMA!

Sam Strelitz   February 20th, 2010 12:23 am ET

Why would anyone watch something "live" on the internet? It's a television concept, and one that isn't really appropriate for the medium of the internet in a lot of ways. People on the internet aren't used to adjusting their schedule to when the film is playing – they're used to playing the film when they want to, which is usually shortly (or not so shortly) after the live recording date.

Dolores   February 20th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

I know what Tiger did was a terrible thing, however; what about the women that participated in these affairs? They know he was married and of the one that said she did not know, she had to be hiding under a rock someplace! His marriage was all over the news!

They (the women) have to take some responsibility in this situation as well, instead of acting like they are the victims. They were looking to live that lifestyle and to get whatever they could from the relationship. They are not victims, they were opportunists.

I am happy Tiger apologized and I hope he continues with his treatment. I also hope Elin will work on her marriage with him, but I would understand if she decides to get a divorce. I know and have seen how women throw themselves at athletes. It is for the money, fame and status they receive for just being with that person. In fact, one of the women admitted just that this past week in an interview on T.V.

I wish Tiger and his family all the best and hope he finishes his treatment and returns to playing golf, the one thing he is go at. I hope he has learned a valued lesson as a husband. I know it must be tough with all the temptations for someone in his position, but he has to think about what is important to him; his family or someone who is just interested in what they can get out of the relationship. And who runs to the press when things go wrong, so they can get paid.

He is not the first sports star to have affairs and he certainly will not be the last. Do you remember Wilt Chamberlain and his women?

gg   February 20th, 2010 8:31 pm ET

PEOPLE! Leave Tiger alone. Why do you think he must explain anything to you. He does not owe you a thing. He is paying dearly for what ever he did or didn't do. If you feel you must do something than pray for him and his family.

vic   February 22nd, 2010 2:59 pm ET

so what?

Tom H   February 23rd, 2010 2:08 pm ET

You actually seem to think a lot of people REALLY care about these numbers, etc. Only you media types. Tiger will be back, but it will not have a thing to do with Face Book, Twitter, or CNN. On the golf course, only talent and winning count for much.

shaun conner   March 26th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Tiger can I get autograph for my uncle JW conner do you think I can get one for him if so call me at 3097941733 and may god be with you and family stay strong and don't let this get you down and be real to her and your self and don't let the golf world play your game you made it what it is today and they know it god is good all the time just don't forget what your father said and use it

shaun conner   August 24th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Some body please tell tiger woods to call shaun conner before everything go down hill for him i just want to talk to him 3094289763 my cell number (anytime)

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