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CAD703X
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so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
oh it was GLORIOUS.

had the TV on from about noon on running superbowl pre-game stuff and while i was working around the house the quality was FANTASTIC.

then the superbowl started.

when i say it dropped to shitty quality it dropped to S-H-I-T-T-Y quality. worse than 360p. it would occasionally jump to HD for a few seconds then back to shite quality. exiting and even rebooting the fireTV box didn't help.

this is on a 1/gb ethernet line.

ITS NOT LIKE frickING NBC OWNS COMCAST. ITS NOT LIKE THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DELIVER STREAMING HD.

frick NBC

they did this on purpose. don't give me the "they were caught by surprise" because THEY frickING OWN COMCAST. i think they know how to deliver HD.

they suckered me in all day long with HD pre-game and commercials then when the game came on, it all went to hell.


1999
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
used the app last night no problems.


CAD703X
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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used the app last night no problems.


what device?

and what ISP?


1999
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
fire tv.

My city has its own fiber network.


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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
It worked fine for me on Fire TV and on iPad as well.


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CAD703X
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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fire tv.

My city has its own fiber network.


i think this pretty well confirms my suspicions about comcast.


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TigerinATL
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
Yeah, I had no problem with using the NBC Sports app on Fire TV.

Remember when Cox/Comcast were shaking down NetFlix before the Net Neutrality rules became law a few years ago? Technically the problem was that Cox/Comcast refused to upgrade their connection with Level 3, the ISP NetFlix was using, to handle the peak traffic loads it's customers were demanding.

Maybe the problem is your ISP? I'm not saying they're shaking down NBC, but this was a one time event, so maybe they weren't expecting the kind of peak load they got between them and Comcast or whoever streams NBC Sports? I'm assuming your ISP isn't Comcast. If it is that's just even more terrible than you expect with already lowered expectations.


CAD703X
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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I'm assuming your ISP isn't Comcast. If it is that's just even more terrible than you expect with already lowered expectations.


oh no, its comcast and i get 120mbit down/12 up and speedtest was confirming everything 'appeared' to be working fine.

hard to say its my fault when speedtest was showing no issue and the tv was etherneted directly into the router.

i will point out i've never had a problem with 4K netflix ever. in fact netflix quality is often TOO GOOD because i burn through my 1TB cap too fast eveyr month.
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momentoftruth87
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
I watched multiple YouTube streams to find out I could've went on their website. Caught the last 5 mins on NBC sports .com


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t00f
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
Watched NBC on Directv Now without issue


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corndawg85
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
Don't understand why, if the game is being broadcast on a local channel, just find an antenna and point it in the direction of the towers. Boom! Free HD quality TV with no internet involved.
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TigerinATL
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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i will point out i've never had a problem with 4K netflix ever. in fact netflix quality is often TOO GOOD because i burn through my 1TB cap too fast eveyr month.


I just ran a traceroute on nbcsports.com and it looks like that points to Amazon servers. I would assume the NBC Sports App also uses Amazon. So that gets back to suggesting that the problem might be like NetFlix/Cox/Comcast and the connection between AWS and Comcast isn't big enough to handle SuperBowl level traffic. I also want to say I remember part of the solution in the NetFlix shakedown was NetFlix paying for colocation of cached/streaming servers in the Cox/Comcast data centers. I don't know if that kind of caching solution is as helpful for a live event.


CAD703X
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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Don't understand why, if the game is being broadcast on a local channel, just find an antenna and point it in the direction of the towers. Boom! Free HD quality TV with no internet involved.


you dont understand the geography involved with hills and nashville tv OTA signals.

if i could do OTA i would have.


DoubleDown
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
I watched on YouTube TV all night and had 0 issues. I checked twitter a lot and saw that people with Hulu Live TV having issues.


colorchangintiger
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
NBC Sports app worked great on my Apple TV. Well, the halftime show and the last 10 minutes of the game did at least. That's all we watched.

The UI is garbage though.
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HubbaBubba
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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if i could do OTA i would have.
Let me guess... you're one of those guys who tries an attic antenna instead of installing a rooftop antenna 12 feet above the roofline. Amiright?


1999
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
hulu live tv is the suck. i intended to go with it during football season but it was so awful i had to crawl back to directv now.


DoubleDown
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
I liked it but I found it was a solid 30-60 seconds behind live tv feeds. YouTube TV is about 5-15 seconds behind live tv. This makes a HUGE difference when it comes to live sports, for me, at least.

Also, YouTube TVs menu is clean and crisp. At times Hulu Live TV has too many tab columns and becomes annoying.
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TigerinATL
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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hulu live tv is the suck.


That's disappointing to hear. With the content monopoly Disney has I figure Hulu Live TV might be the most compelling streamer in another year or 2.


Korkstand
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re: so NBC Sports offered "free" pre-game and superbowl on fireTV
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I don't know if that kind of caching solution is as helpful for a live event.
It should be helpful. Instead of 10s of thousands of the same content entering the ISP network, it could just traverse that pipe once then get redistributed to subscribers. Of course, the content owner and each ISP would have to set this up ahead of time, and I'm not sure it's worth it for what would probably be just a once a year heavy traffic event.


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