The only way to watch tonight’s game between Miami vs Kansas City is via Peacock. And the surprising thing is that the service has been able to hold up well through the first three quarters. It’s only the fourth quarter of the game, and it will be “commercial-free.” But that might not be enough for everyone to be happy about The deal the NFL made in order to move a playoff match from regular TV broadcast to a streaming service operated NBCUniversal.
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The majority of the initial complaints were about Peacock, not login or connection issues. Some people have reported audio issues, streams that glitch or hang up, or a lower-resolution version of the game.
The broadcast is still a good quality, and has avoided most of the issues experienced during Netflix’s recent mashup F1 and Golf, which aired in Las Vegas. It offers a standard HD NFL viewing, only online.
When the NFL announced that Peacock would be the exclusive live streaming provider for the NFL Playoffs, they knew when it was going to happen but could not have predicted the exact date.
The Saturday night airing of the game is affecting viewership just like the last Peacock exclusive pro football match. Travis Kelce’s addition of Taylor Swift fans (and Patrick Mahomes) may have boosted the number to , the nearly 10,000,000 viewers Nielsen counted in the December Bill vs. Chargers match.
Disclosure: Comcast (which owns NBCUniversal) is also an investor of Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.