Tom Brady Watched Last Year's Super Bowl Via Illegal Stream... And Probably Had A Better Experience Than Anyone Watching NBC's Official Stream

from the so-it-goes dept

With ICE seizing a bunch of websites that were planning to stream this year's Super Bowl, plenty of people had their ears perk up when Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady admitted that he watched last year's Super Bowl via an unauthorized streaming site online. While his view this year was a bit more up close and personal, lots of people were talking about how NBC Universal finally decided to offer up an official stream of the game -- about a decade later than it should have done so. Of course, reports from users were that -- in typical NBC Universal fashion -- the experience was dreadful. Even more ridiculous? The livestream didn't show most of the commercials because apparently NBC Universal wanted them to pay extra to do so. So, instead, those who watched online "received a heavy dose of the same ads over and over again." In other words, the online experience was worse. Of course, since they have less competition (thank you US government!), NBC has little incentive to improve the product, so expect it to suck for a few more years now that they've finally decided to show the game online.

Filed Under: competition, copyright, ice, innovation, seizures, streaming, super bowl, takedown, tom brady
Companies: nbc universal


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    MattP, 7 Feb 2012 @ 6:40am

    Re: Re: Yeah, it kind of sucked

    You can provide a better experience with Silverlight video than you can with HTML5 and Flash.

    With smooth streaming you encode several different bit rates and the client grabs each 2 second frame at the rate it can handle at that moment.

    You talk about not wanting to install a plugin yet in your extensive list of alternatives you list a non ratified standard which would could involve a browser upgrade for users out there or another plugin that users may have to download.

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