Yesterday was the first Sunday of the 2023-2024 NFL season and many wondered if YouTube TV would be able to handle the demand for its new NFL Sunday Ticket service. Maybe people should have been wondering if cable TV companies as Comcast’s Xfinity streaming service, crashed during the early NFL games. This left Comcast customers unable to watch the NFL games if they were not near their cable TV boxes.
According to Downdetector the outage started around 1 pm Eastern and ran until around 4 pm Eastern, affecting most of the early games. This outage was confirmed by Comcast, according to a report from MarketWatch.The outage only affected the streaming app for Comcast customers the cable TV service was unaffected by the outage.
YouTube TV was able to handle the demand without any major issues yesterday. With other sports leagues watching NFL Sunday Ticket streaming as a potential example for them to launch a similar streaming partnership, this was an important day for Google. Now Google will be able to point to the success of NFL Sunday Ticket as an example of why the NBA for example, should partner with them. The NBA’s TV negotiations will start next year, and multiple streaming services are reportedly interested in getting some of the NBA’s TV rights.
The only complaint with NFL Sunday Ticket was the fact that you couldn’t pick what games are included with the multiview. Instead, YouTube and YouTube TV offered over 40 premade multiview feeds. Many fans wished they could have picked what games were included, but overall, the service worked without issues.
Increasingly streaming issues on services like YouTube TV are becoming a rare issue. WIth that said outages still happen and can still happen again in the future.