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WatchESPN goes down during the Rose Bowl

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.

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.

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.

7 Responses to “WatchESPN goes down during the Rose Bowl”

  1. Jim Swarthow

    Yeah, had my in-laws over. They only took the 1,000 mile journey to be with us to watch the game over the holiday. Nice job Time Warner and WatchESPN.. Total fail. Can’t wait for competitor to eat your lunch.

  2. Joe Michels

    Darn it ESPN…. it should work perfectly, always, overtime and forever. What is wrong with you guys? It’s not like you’re trying a new delivery channel and you will have all the problems worked out 4 months from now or anything. Sigh. ESPN is pushing the boundary and Murphy’s Law happens. What could happen next? A new private market experimental spacecraft crashes in the desert?

    • Lynn Thomas

      Streaming video isn’t an “experiment.” Should I say the if there’s a Netflix outage too? You’d know how it feels if your World Championship of Embroidery was unwatchable.

    • Lynn Thomas

      Streaming video isn’t an “experiment.” Should I say the same if there’s a Netflix outage too? You’d know how it feels if your World Championship of Embroidery was unwatchable.