Apple’s live stream of its iPhone event last night was hit with a series of errors that left many viewers unable to watch the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.
The first 30 minutes of the stream were the worst affected, with most users seeing a test card instead of Tim Cook introducing the new devices.
But the errors didn’t stop there. When the stream did work, the Mandarin translation was accidentally included over the top of the English audio, and the stream was often incredibly pixelated.
So why was Apple’s stream so bad? Cult of Mac is reporting that the stream failed due to the official live blog that Apple included on the same page as the streaming video.
This was the first Apple event with its official live blog, and it seems that the updating page may have caused the live stream to fail. Dan Rayburn of Streaming Media explained why the errors occurred:
This chart from cloud provider Cedecix shows a sudden dip in the availability of the Akamai platform in Eastern Europe during the first section of Apple’s troubled live stream. Akamai was the company that Apple used to stream its live video during yesterday’s event.