Football fans who planned to use YouTube TV to enjoy the NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market package this upcoming season may have cause for concern after Wednesday’s catastrophe.
Subscribers were disappointed after they missed the final minutes of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics because of technical issues.
Technical Issues Anger YouTube TV Subscribers
Some viewers who tried to stream the game faced an error message, while others saw advertisements for ‘The Little Mermaid’ in place of the final seconds of Miami’s 123-116 triumph in Boston.
Long after the game had ended, YouTubeTV acknowledged the issue on Twitter and declared that it had been rectified.
It’s understandable that the latter update didn’t do much to appease users who had trouble using the service on Wednesday night or who intend to use YouTube TV for NFL-related activities starting in September.
NFL fans from all over the nation went to Twitter over several weeks last year to affirm they had trouble streaming games using the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. In the end, DirecTV issued an apology and paid back subscribers.
YouTube Unskippable 30-Second Ads on Smart TVs
Meanwhile, the video-sharing website has announced that 30-second unskippable adverts are coming to its Smart TV app, so if you frequently watch YouTube on your TV, get ready for a terrible experience.
A 30-second unskippable ad will take the place of the existing norm of two 15-second (sometimes skippable) adverts on some of the most popular content, as announced at the recent YouTube Brandcast event.