Users downloaded Ustream’s free video viewing app for the iPhone more than 113,000 times in the first 24 hours it was available, according to the live video broadcasting company. In only two days the app has vaulted to the top spot in the AppStore’s Entertainment category and is already the number six most popular free app.
As might be expected with such huge demand over such a short period of time, there have been reports of complaints about the app crashing and users who are unhappy that it works only over WiFi (no support for 3G or EDGE viewing), but the intense interest only serves to underscore pent-up demand for video on the iPhone – even for video of purely user generated content such as that available on ustream.tv.
The company has submitted for approval by Apple a second application that will permit broadcast of live video from the iPhone, though it remains awaiting clearance to the AppStore.
That one is likely to take off even faster than the viewing app.