WatchESPN, a service that allows cable subscribers to stream live sporting events on devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, and iPhone and iPad, has been serving error messages instead of streaming live video on Thursday. The outage happened during the Rose Bowl, one of the most anticipated college football games of the year and the first of three college football playoff games streaming on WatchESPN.
Upset Oregon and Florida State fans aired their displeasure on Twitter.
— Court | dismantle white supremacy (@ck_phx) January 2, 2015
Good job, good effort WatchESPN.
— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) January 2, 2015
Timothy Burke at Deadspin speculates that the issue has something to do with ESPN’s playlist, and that it’s not a content delivery network problem. This incident isn’t the first time WatchESPN has gone down under high strain.
[company]ESPN[/company] is aware of the issue and says it’s been “largely resolved on all platforms.” I can watch the stream in a browser, although I’m still having trouble connecting on Apple TV.
#WatchESPN issues largely resolved on all platforms. We continue to constantly monitor and apologize for the inconvenience
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) January 2, 2015
We are aware of WatchESPN issues and working to resolve ASAP
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) January 1, 2015
One thing is clear: If your team ends up making the championship, and you actually want to watch it, you might want to find a friend with cable.