It’s well-established that streaming services often run into some problems with the highest-profile events thanks to the numbers of people trying to watch that way, from the Super Bowl to the World Cup. Well, Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game saw some of those same issues, this time with ESPN’s streaming options.
Anyone else having issues streaming the game on the ESPN app?
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 14, 2020
Why can’t @espn figure out how to keep their streaming working on big games? Every time it’s the same thing.
— Chris (@smitty1789) January 14, 2020
Hey @espn , any way I could get the biggest game of the year to work on your app that you promoted would be streaming? If you could that would be great…thanks
— Erick Weinreich (@Erickson757) January 14, 2020
— Cory Dippold (@cdipp) January 14, 2020
How can a business this big not have its app/streaming figured out…. it’s really unbelievable!
— Kevin Williams (@kaydub03) January 14, 2020
— Austin Bracci (@A_Braccoli) January 14, 2020
— Drew W (@WalkerTN15) January 14, 2020
Streaming failure on the biggest night in college football. Not a good look @espn
— Sam Haymon (@samhaymon) January 14, 2020
Lol their app crashed right at kickoff. No streaming. No mobile. No app. Half American can't watch the game right now.
— jon.bonomo (@thefootgeneral) January 14, 2020
ESPN app is terrible. Biggest game of the year and the whole streaming service is down.
— Trey Ferguson (@TFergusonPDX) January 14, 2020
— Whitney Bowers (@whitneyebowers) January 14, 2020
Those are just a few of the many, many tweets complaining about ESPN streaming here. And AA staff were able to verify that there were issues with the ESPN app with both Verizon FiOS and Charter as providers. It did work on a Roku in California with authentication through AT&T, and it’s working for some other people, so this isn’t a universal outage, but it’s definitely a significant one nonetheless. And it’s one at a very unfortunate time for those hoping to watch this vital game.
[Photo via Cory Dippold on Twitter]