Viewership of 24-hour live camera in Akihabara, Japan increases tenfold during the last weekend of March


The number of viewers of the Akihabara Live Camera, a 24-hour-a-day live stream of the Chuo-dori intersection in Akihabara, Japan, increased tenfold on the weekend beginning March 28th, 2020 (JST).

Akihabara live camera YouTube Live version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEdekqkoW6g

Through the cooperation of Aisan Electric Co., Ltd., the Akihabara Live Camera streams live footage of Akihabara’s Chuo-dori intersection in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The stream airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year using LiveShell X, a live streaming device developed by Cerevo. It can be viewed for free by anyone on YouTube.

Normally, the stream receives 1,000 to 5,000 views a day. On March 28th, it received over 67,000 views.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, citizens of Tokyo were asked to refrain from leaving their home during the weekend. Additionally, out-of-season snowfall was observed. It appears that these factors increased people’s interest in what was happening outside, leading to a tenfold increase in viewership.

Excerpt from the YouTube Analytics page

LiveShell X

LiveShell X enables you to stream live video and audio without a PC. Supporting H.265/H.264 live encoding at up to 1080/60p, realtime recording via microSD and multicasting with up to 3 simultaneous streams, LiveShell X is designed for professional quality broadcasting.

https://liveshell.cerevo.com/en/


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