Last night wasn’t Amazon’s first NFL rodeo. However, it was the biggest Bezos bull ride ever. away from
A three-letter network could muster, by slashing $1 billion per year for Thursday night games previously watched by much larger audiences, Amazon secured exclusive dibs on games. On the one hand, it was part of a historical pivot for streaming. On the other hand, and as Chris “Mad Dog” Russo so amusingly put it on his SiriusXM show, it was a money grab,
Amazon began simulating 10 Thursday night games per year in 2017. In 2020, there was a special Saturday game between the 49ers and the Cardinals. Last night on his new contract with the NFL had its first special Thursday game. (Initially, Amazon was set to take over the games by 2023. Amazon started a year earlier, replacing Fox’s $660 million annual payout.)
so how did it go? Not from the perspective of broadcast quality (as I’ve learned the hard way over the years, this is for people employed by one network’s NFL game coverage to comment on another network’s NFL game coverage), but from the perspective of the streaming experience. .
My family left DirecTV a few years ago and moved to streaming to adopt YouTube TV. I was nervous about it at the time, but our dedicated, high-speed fiber line and routers up and/out of our Wazoo made the transition smooth. The picture is clear and clear and is nothing more than a flash of the buffer.
Plus, it’s very easy to pause, rewind and fast forward on YouTube TV. This is something that can be taken for granted.
I learned last night. I stopped playing at one point in the first trimester because I have a 57-year-old’s prostate in my 57-year-old’s body. The plan was to catch up after returning. But there was no way to fast forward to the spot from where the game had resumed. So I overshot. Then I had to retreat. I’ve gone too far. Meanwhile, the game is getting higher. So I just used the phrase li coro catch and saw the damn commercials. To say the least, it was disappointing.
But at least the image was clear, and there were no problems with video mismatching audio. Aside from the inability to quickly navigate through fast forward and rewind (and the obvious inability to change channels and pull up YouTube TV without exiting the app), it was great.
Then came the second half. I stopped during halftime (popcorn, whiskey, prostate, cigar), and then I fast-forward a game of Pin the Tale on the ass mixed with whack-a-mole. Trying to catch up, I was somehow taken back to the beginning of the pregame show.
I don’t know how it happened. Maybe I did something on my remote. I don’t think I did. Even if I did, the interface should be designed to prevent idiots like me from doing silly things.
And so I had to fast forward through 75 minutes of pregame chatter, two quarters of football, and halftime before I got to the third quarter. It took time. And the game went on, with me not knowing what was going on – and knowing that I’d have to see stuff I missed and then dare to try to catch up by forwarding through commercials.
In the end, I found the right place in the broadcast. And that’s when the buffering started. Three seconds off, two seconds on. throughout. Nonstop. I wondered if every Thursday night would be like this. I actually considered exiting the app and watching the rest of the game on NFL+ afterward. (I forgot that the game is also available to watch live on NFL+.)
It was definitely not a problem with my internet. I’ve never had a problem like this with YouTube TV, or any other streaming service.
ground level? Whatever the reason for the constant buffering, it should be removed. And the ability to fast forward and rewind should be improved, providing an easy and reliable way to stop in the right place.
It’s almost as if they engineered the controls to discourage people from trying not to see the ads. Unless and until they make appropriate changes to the ability to quickly get through commercials and back into the game, that’s probably what makes it so hard to do.