Three weeks of Thursday Night time Soccer on Amazon Prime Video, and a 3rd week of streaming issues, apparently. The September 29 sport, which had the Miami Dolphins on the Cincinnati Bengals, was the third straight to expertise any variety of issues with the stream itself, in accordance with quite a few experiences on-line.
This season is the primary during which Amazon is producing the Thursday night time broadcast from begin to end, and never simply distributing it. And identical to in Weeks 2 and three of the NFL season, the distribution is what had points. The Prime Video stream would go from a wonderful high quality to one thing we are able to solely name “substandard-definition.” Every part dropped to a decrease decision, from the sport itself to the on-screen graphics, and even a number of the promoting. And identical to in earlier weeks, the problems would come and go.
When does @NFLonPrime determine the standard points? It was by no means like this previously. Embarrassing #TNFonPrime
— BeerBaron (@BeerBaron2020) September 30, 2022
Anyone else getting a pixelated display screen on @AmazonPrime? I’ve fairly strong web. #TNFonPrime
— William Varner (@LilMan1017) September 30, 2022
This kind of factor is frustrating for everybody concerned. Viewers hate it, in fact. However it’s additionally a nightmare to troubleshoot since there are such a lot of variables concerned. There’s the supply of the feed itself — Amazon. Then there are the assorted CDNs (content material distribution networks) that share it all through the web. There’s additionally your web service supplier, each regionally and regionally, in addition to your property community, after which precise system on which you’re watching.
Making issues even worse is that Amazon has been conscious of the problems from the beginning (the primary Thursday Night time Soccer sport of the season got here in Week 2, on September 15), and execs rapidly mentioned they anticipated the streaming points “to be much less and fewer of a factor.” Besides per week later, they have been nonetheless a factor for the Steelers and Browns. They usually have been a factor once more in Week 4 for the Dolphins and Bengals.
And complicating issues even additional is that Prime Video has the unique on Thursday Night time video games, insofar because it involves what you’d contemplate regular TV distribution. The one different choice is to fireplace up NFL+, which begins at $5 a month.