Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Update: Skyfire app pulled due to huge demand

This is a first: a developer has pulled its app from the iTunes store because it could not cope with the demand. The developer involved is Skyfire Labs, which I wrote about this afternoon.

Writing on its own company blog, Robert Oberhofer wrote that its new Flash conversion browser app for the iPhone was pulled early this evening (word was that the app would launch tomorrow -- guess not). You can read the original post with the demo video here.

"Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections," Oberhofer wrote. "The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade."

The problem, of course, is that the system they have designed re-encodes Flash video to HTML5 -- essentially, they will be encoding video on the fly. In order to continue to do this they apparently must have a limited number of users. Oops, flaw in the business plan.

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