Michigan vs. Florida game did a 5.0 with 182K streams

Submitted by Mr. Yost on September 4th, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Per D1Ticker.

The Florida State vs. Alabama game did a 7.3 overnight rating and had a streaming audience of 273K, while the Michigan vs. Florida game did a 5.0 with 182K streams. The games set the highest-rated and most-streamed kickoff weekend and non-prime time kickoff games, respectively, on record for ESPN. (link); SportsBusinessDaily'sOurand reports that "ESPN started a multiplatform marketing push for its ESPN app" and will continue to "roll out various promos and branding" through today. You probably heard on-air talent promoting the effort over the weekend. (link)


It was also very obvious that ESPN is trying to capitalize on the "cutting the cord" wave and pushing their app (which isn't new) all weekend. They did change the format of the app - it looks a lot cleaner, a little more user friendly IMO.


Mr. Yost

September 4th, 2017 at 9:11 AM ^

But I also thought this was interesting from D1Ticker this morning. But it wasn't thread worthy IMO.

Pittsburgh FB student-athletes and assistant coaches won't talk to the media before their matchup with Penn State, only HC Narduzzi will handle the duties. (link)


September 4th, 2017 at 10:39 AM ^

I don't know if there's some possible explanation for this, or if it's just my imagination, but i swear whenever i stream anything through any service, if it buffers it will buffer through game time. I'll have brilliant HD through every commercial, I'll get to watch every huddle, but I'll be damned if i don't get a hamster wheel every time i want to see if the receiver actually caught the f-ing ball.

I can't be the only one who's experienced this phenomenon.

Toasted Yosties

September 4th, 2017 at 9:19 AM ^

I watched the Michigan game on antenna TV, but used PlayStation Vue for the cable games. Came away very impressed with the ease and quality. Used Sling last year and it was a debacle.


September 4th, 2017 at 10:00 AM ^

They do as of now, and I share your suspicion. They seem like the type of folks that would count every refresh people did to stop it from buffering instead of how many unique IP addresses viewed.

Or their app is shitty on purpose to frustrate people enough to sign back up for cable. It used to work flawlessly


September 4th, 2017 at 9:35 AM ^

I am able to stream psvue all day, but if I switch to the espn app, it freezes constantly. I had to bust out the antenna and watch over the air. Wasted half the first quarter getting that going. Really pissed me off. Glad (not really) that I wasn't the only one. Hope eapn gets it fixed.


September 4th, 2017 at 9:52 AM ^

On other games through the weekend the ESPN app worked great on my iPad, but not on my MacBook. Kept freezing on the Mac. Meanwhile, BTN2Go and Fox Sports Go apps were great on any device.


September 4th, 2017 at 10:00 AM ^

Stream quality was total garbage on Roku, Nexus Player and Android TV using the WatchESPN app. The best experience I had was streaming WVU/VT from the ESPN app on my phone and casting it to my TV. The picture would get fuzzy occasionally but I didn't get the start-stop-start-stop freezing like on the other devices.

Thankfully I won't have to worry about this again until Purdue. Yay for watching in person.

(BTW, Fox Sports Go app was flawless all weekend and nicely incorporates BTN games into their interface.  Very impressed.)


September 4th, 2017 at 10:57 AM ^

They have had their streaming issues for the past few seasons. I have no expectation that they will fix it anytime soon. Whether it be on my laptop, phone (which seems to be the best), roku streaming stick or apple tv.

It's an issue that they are simply ignoring.


September 4th, 2017 at 11:52 AM ^

In a previous thread, I watched on the espn app and I didn't have a problem. T-Mobile must have had a great cell tower in the area, because I only had one freeze up, and it was during a commercial break.


September 4th, 2017 at 1:41 PM ^

I had the fortune of being able to watch our game on TV, but I had other games streaming on the ESPN app - well, I attempted to do so - with highly mixed results. I have fast Internet but also two kids that like to stream everything on every device ever, so maybe that made a difference in the experience here. 


September 4th, 2017 at 2:05 PM ^

I wait till it's fool proof. Wife and I discussed this on Saturday. Too many mixed reviews. Wait it out another year or two. Not worth fucking with one of my favorite hobbies/obsessions.

But I don't just watch Michigan, as you can see from last nights open thread. I watch as much College Football as possible. So cutting cord is a no go unless it's up to par.


September 4th, 2017 at 11:00 PM ^

I recall Holly Rowe I think it was telling some bs story about hopping into an elevator and some kids heard the ESPN app and they were all like "hurr hurrr what's that" We all know that didn't happen and ESPN forced you to say that.


September 4th, 2017 at 11:59 PM ^

I cut the cord a few months ago but thankfully I was able to pick up the Local ABC channel in HD. ESPN buffers constantly but FoxSportsGo & BTN2go work fine. Hard to believe they are that far behind in technology when they've had it longer.