Tuesday December 3, 2019 – a day that will never be forgotten in the world of live sports broadcasting.
Forget Sky Sports, forget BT Sport, this was a day for new beginnings, as Amazon Prime became the first streaming service to broadcast a live top-flight English football match.
Amazon have experimented with US Open tennis over the past couple of years – to limited success – but their agreement to show live Premier League action over the next few days, as well as a full programme of fixtures on Boxing Day, is something of a revolutionary breakthrough in the world of sports broadcasting.
Let’s face facts though. We all had reservations about how things would pan out, given the nuances of internet connections, lag and pixelated images that have driven us mad over the last decade while gaming online.
So, what better place to gauge how things went than on our good old friend, Twitter?
Here, we pick through the best of social media’s ramblings – with things getting off to a pretty ropey start…
Why am I sat here watching Palace v Bournemouth on a blurry Amazon stream & a 3 min delay?
This is what illegal streams are for and now I’ve had to sign up to Amazon bloody Prime.
Shambolic scenes. #AgainstModernFootball
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) December 3, 2019
Amazon Prime to deliver Premier League coverage, unless they get Hermes to deliver it in which case the coverage will be lobbed over your neighbour’s gate and you’ll have to spend 6 days being told by Hermes staff that you did in fact watch the Premier League coverage
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) December 3, 2019
So how about the picture and sound quality that is so fundamental to enjoying a live game?
Hmmmm, not brill either I’m afraid…
Time to try this Amazon Prime football a look then although I think it’s ridiculous we’re asking fans of one sport to subscribe to 3 separate channels now on top of the licence fee to keep up with live games and highlights especially as the product is inferior to years gone by!
— Skelly (@skellyspeaks) December 3, 2019
Amazon Prime is working well.
(it’s not working at all)
— Fasil Balti (@FasilBalti) December 3, 2019
Not looking good here, is it?
And it’s a big but.
Amazon had pocket aces up their sleeve that, seemingly, nobody saw coming (despite a prior announcement of who would be covering the games).
Long live, King Peter Drury!
Peter Drury on commentary for Amazon
— Jordan (@Jordan_LFC19) December 3, 2019
Wasn’t on board with the whole amazon prime Premier League thing, but then I heard Peter Drury’s voice…
— Andy Preston (@AndyPreston96) December 3, 2019
And the praise didn’t stop with Mr Drury’s expertise on commentary….no, no, no it did not.
Because what else do we, the footballing connoisseurs, love more than the game itself? Bloody good analysis, coverage and options to flick around at our leisure.
Another tick in the Amazon box it seems..
Really impressed with the football on Amazon Prime so far, long may it continue
— Jamie Scales (@jamie_scales) December 3, 2019
Watching the Premier League on Amazon Prime is the future, select the game you want to watch and not the one Sky Sports think you should watch.
— Scott Squared (@scottxtwo) December 3, 2019
This amazon set up is wicked. I hope they win the next premier league rights!
— Bobby Gibson (@bobbynufcgibson) December 3, 2019
So all is well that’s end well, right?
Well, instead, we could end this shambles of having to pay for Sky Sports, BT Sport and now Amazon Prime by doing the sensible thing…..by creating an official Premier League-run Netflix-style streaming service, rounding up everything into one juicy, wholesome package guaranteed to not let you down.