Amazon NFL exclusive first game review Thursday

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Last night wasn’t Amazon’s first rodeo. However, this was Bezos’ biggest bull run to date. Until now.

By spending $1 billion a year on Thursday night games that have already been seen by a much larger audience that a three-character network can muster, Amazon has secured the game’s exclusivity dibs. On the one hand, it was part of a historical hub for broadcasting. On the other hand, as Chris “Mad Dog” Russo so delightfully put it on his SiriusXM show, It was grab money.

Amazon began simultaneous broadcasting of 10 Thursday night games each year in 2017. In 2020, it had an exclusive Saturday match between the 49ers and Cardinals. Last night was her first exclusive Thursday game on her new contract with the NFL. (Initially, Amazon was scheduled to take the games from 2023. Amazon started a year earlier, replacing Fox’s $660 million annual payment.)

So, how dare it? Not from a broadcast quality point of view (it’s upsetting, as I’ve learned the hard way over the years, for people working on NFL game coverage for one network to comment on NFL game coverage for another network), but from a streaming experience perspective.

My family moved to streaming a few years ago, gave up DirecTV and used YouTube TV. I was nervous about it at the time, but the high-speed fiber line, our custom routers, and on/off wazoo made the transition seamless. The image is crisp and clean and there is rarely anything more than flashing a buffer.

Also, it is very easy to pause, rewind and fast forward on YouTube TV. This is something that can be taken for granted.

I learned that last night. I stopped the match sometime in the first quarter because my 57 year old body has a 57 year old prostate. The plan was to catch up after coming back. But there was no way to quickly advance to the exact place where the game started again. So I overstepped. Then I had to turn back. I went too far. In the meantime, more game is happening. So I just used a file The phrase catch me corso And watch the damned commercials. It was, to say the least, frustrating.

But at least the image was clear, and there was no problem with the audio mismatching the video. Other than not being able to quickly navigate through fast forward and backward (and the apparent inability to change channels without exiting the app and pulling out YouTube TV), it was great.

Then came the second half. I paused during the first half (popcorn, whiskey, prostate, and cigars), then played a fast-paced Pin the Tail on the Donkey with a Whack-A-Mole. While trying to catch up, I was somehow carried over to the start of the pre-game show.

I don’t know how it happened. Maybe you did something on the remote. I don’t think I did. Even if I did, the interface should be designed to make idiots like me do foolish things.

And so I had to run fast through the 75 minutes of pre-game chatter, two quarters of football, and one-half before getting to the third quarter. It took time. And the game went on, not knowing what was going on—and knowing I’d have to watch the things I missed and then dare try to catch up with forwarding commercials.

Finally, you’ve found the right place in broadcasting. That’s when caching started. Three seconds off, two seconds on. continuously. non stop. I wondered if every Thursday night would be like this. I’ve already thought about quitting the app and watching the rest of the game later on NFL+. (I forgot that the game is also available to watch live on NFL+.)

It certainly wasn’t a problem with my internet. I’ve never had such issues with YouTube TV or any other streaming service.

minimum? It must be settled whatever the cause of the continuous spooling. And the ability to fast forward and rewind should be improved, allowing an easy and reliable way to stop at the right spot.

It’s as if they designed the controls to discourage people from trying not to watch commercials. Unless they quickly make the appropriate changes to being able to go through the commercials and get back into the game, that’s probably exactly why it’s so difficult to do.