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Victoria’s Secret Webcasts Show

February 4, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Victoria’s Secret broadcast its annual Spring Fashion Show over the Internet on Wednesday, but it wasn’t prepared for the number of people who tuned in to watch.

The computers failed as millions of Web surfers tried to log on. The Web site was sluggish, the video of the 14-minute show was often jagged and the sound cut out.

``That says to me the technology is not up to snuff,″ said Wendy Hargle, a computer technician in Berkeley, Calif., who tried to view the show. ``Someone did not anticipate the level of interest.″

She thought many people might be grabbing the good seats early, so to speak, by logging onto the Web site and keeping their connections open, thus preventing others from logging on.

The fashion show was a milestone for the Internet. It was one of the first large-scale live video events in which a corporation invested money and prestige.

The show was Webcast using ``streaming video″ technolology. Streaming video allows people to view live video without downloading large files. The quality of the video depends on the number of people watching, how powerful the computers are and how congested Internet traffic is.

Before the show, Anne Marie Blaire, senior manager of Internet brand development for Victoria’s Secret, said the computers _ run by Broadcast.com _ were configured to handle between 250,000 and 500,000 simultaneous viewers.

The total number of people viewing the Web site during the show would not be available until Thursday.

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