Round two of the A-League Men brought with it more streaming issues for new broadcaster Paramount Plus.
After over a decade on Fox Sports, the competition will be shown on Paramount+ moving forward with Network 10 also showing one Saturday night fixture every round.
While Channel 10 have nailed their football coverage so far, the new streaming service is suffering a few teething issues.
In round one, Melbourne Victory’s game against Western United wasn’t watchable at the start before being plagued by technical issues throughout.
While in round two, at least two more matches were impacted as Paramount look to quickly rectify things.
We’re aware some users may be experiencing issues with the Wellington Phoenix vs Central Coast Mariners game, our technical team are investigating.
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Having only launched in Australia in August, Paramount are in turn just over two weeks into their attempt to stream live sport.
Having a catalogue of TV shows is one thing, but providing stable coverage of football is a whole different beast.
Optus Sport found this out the hard way in 2018 when they broadcast the FIFA World Cup and were forced to team up with SBS.
They have, however, gone on to win football fans over with their superb coverage of the English Premier League and many were dismayed when they lost the UEFA Champions League rights this year.
Like Optus Sport, Paramount seem committed to football having signed a five-year deal to cover the game in Australia and should find their feet in time too.
The service has owned up to issues with game coverage on social media and seem intent on solving them moving forward.
Hi Paul, we’re sorry to hear that. Let us know which device you’re watching on and we can pass it on to our technical team so they can look into it.
Fox Sports had over 10 years covering the A-Leagues so made it look easy in the end despite a lack of interest to really promote the competitions.
Paramount and 10 have in comparison nailed the promotion side of things so far and deserve some patience as they look to fine-tune their live coverage.
With crowd numbers less than impressive so far in the A-League Men this season, it is vital the competition is easily accessible on screens.
As the weeks tick by, Paramount+ will have to improve to avoid new and old fans slipping through their fingers, but they deserve at least some time to get it all right.