Oscars streaming #fail: how it went down.

 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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