Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto backstage during the Oscars held at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  - 

Last night, ABC televison promised to stream the Oscars live online for the first time. But it failed.

Overloaded computer networks kept the Oscars largely out-of-view for more than two hours of the broadcast.

In the end, a television streaming service called Aereo — a competitor the TV networks hope to kill -- won the night, just by being down for less of the time.

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