Amazon Prime Video execs mentioned this week they had been “very hopeful” that Thursday Night Football streaming issues had been “going to be much less and fewer a factor.” Appears like we’ll all have to offer it one other go for Week 4.
The September 22 recreation between AFC North rivals Pittsburgh and Cleveland was peppered with continued streaming points, the place the decision would drop out and pixelate — look dangerous, in different phrases — earlier than returning again to regular. Then it could be high quality for some time earlier than dropping out once more. And the issue wasn’t simply restricted to the sport broadcast — advertisements would look dangerous, too, which was no less than a bit ironic given the sheer variety of spots for Amazon Internet Companies.
It’s the kind of factor that’s robust to troubleshoot, and generally robust to inform if it’s actually a factor, as there are numerous variables that go into it. There’s the video stream on the supply, in fact, after which the way it’s being distributed regionally earlier than it lastly will get to your own home community. After which there’s the matter of what gadget you’re watching on. It’s as a lot anecdote as it’s science.
My setup, for instance, had me watching through the Prime Video app on an Apple TV, which was related through Ethernet to an Eero Professional 6, all fed by a gigabit fiber connection from AT&T. (And that fiber velocity is constantly within the 800 Mb/s-plus vary.) And my decision was high quality — proper up till the purpose the place it wasn’t. It’d come and go, and the inconsistency maybe was the worst half.
I wasn’t alone.
— Gabriel del Rio (@gdelrio) September 23, 2022
Completely unwatchable. For a couple of minutes within the first quarter it was nearly okay however nonetheless too many body fee points. How is that this not an even bigger nationwide information story? Who’s having fun with watching this recreation?! Tried FireStick and RokuUltra.
— B (@diplodink) September 23, 2022
The Steelers-Browns recreation was the second that was produced and streamed end-to-end by Amazon. In 2021 it streamed the video games however wasn’t answerable for the manufacturing in any respect, as an alternative piggybacking Fox. The video games additionally had been out there on NFL Community. This yr, it’s all Amazon, on a regular basis. (The video games are also streaming on NFL+.)
It’s apparent given the response from the Thursday Night time Soccer execs on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast that Amazon was conscious of the Week 2 struggles.
Let’s hope they get fastened in time for the Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals on September 29.