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

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.

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