The popularity of the latest Star Wars trailer may cause network administrators problems because of the size of the email file that needs to be downloaded.
The notoriety of the trailer dubbed Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menance, has led to more than 3.5 million downloads in five days after first premiering on the www.starwars.com Web site.
Jim Ward, director of marketing for Lucasfilm, said: "We're thrilled with the fan's response. Apple's Quicktime software provided us with the highest quality and enabled us to push Internet video to its limits."
According to Apple?s Web site, which was permitted to carry the trailers, more than six million copies have been downloaded - and fans have even taken the liberty of designing their own mirror sites.
But because the email attachments weigh in at between 11-25Mb and run for two and a half minutes, network administrators feared it may cause problems in terms of additional bandwidth and disk space requirements.
As a result, some have powered up their networks, although none have so far complained of Star Wars related service disruptions.
Julian Smith, vice president of information services at Thompson & Company, a Tennessee advertising agency, said: "I'm a Star Wars junkie, and I know the number of science fiction fans we have here. I knew this would be a problem, just like I knew everyone would try to download Internet Explorer 5.0 when it was released."
As a result, he posted a copy of the trailer on his company's intranet and let the employees know where they could get their fix. "Which is how I eliminated a waste of precious bandwidth," he said.
A US university also indicated that many Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers now enable users to limit the size of inbound messages, while some, such as Novell's Groupwise, enable them to limit it for certain users or groups of users.
The trailer was based on George Lucas' vision and takes movie goers on a wild ride through the many worlds visited in the upcoming Star Wars movie in anticipation of the US premier on 21 May.
Lucasfilm?s Ward said: "This is the last trailer before the release of Episode 1. We wanted something that would both blow the fans away and sustain them during the last stretch before the movie opens."
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