Peter: I turned on my Apple TV, I clicked on the Twitter app, I clicked again on the box with the game, and then I was watching the game. That's pretty cool! I didn't have to tell Twitter who my cable company was, and I didn't have to enter my Twitter credentials, either. I just got to watch the game, and it looked pretty good, most of the time. Definitely as good as watching it at a bar. Good job, Twitter.
Then there was some small shit, but it was the small shit you always get when you stream live sports on your TV: The stream lagged the TV broadcast by a minute or more; the stream occasionally had trouble rendering, so the picture would occasionally get a bit jagged; the stream didn't have the same ads as the regular broadcast, or it didn't have ads at all — just a screen from Twitter telling you there were going to more games from Twitter.
Whatever. No big deal. Remember — it's free!
The real problem with watching the game on Twitter TV was a more existential one: If you were watching the game on Apple TV, why not watch it on regular TV instead?
CBS isn't a cable TV network, it's broadcast network, so anyone can watch it for free. If you're going to watch the game on Twitter TV instead of real TV, and you're going to put up with the (small) shit involved in doing that, there should be something on Twitter TV that makes it better than real TV. Or at least different.
But the NFL on Twitter TV is almost exactly the same as the NFL on real TV. The default option is a full-screen re-broadcast of the CBS feed, so there's zero difference there.
If you click a button, that screen shrinks, and the right side of your screen becomes a Twitter feed with commentary about the game. But it's not a screen filled with commentary from your Twitter friends. And the commentary doesn't come from the most interesting people Twitter can find, like NFL players, coaches, GMs, reporters, etc. Instead, it's just run-of-the-mill stupid Twitter.
Nothing wrong with that! But nothing interesting, either.
So if I want to see interesting Twitter commentary about the game, I have to watch the game on one screen and then periodically look down on my phone, where I have a curated Twitter stream. Like I do when I watch real TV.
Again, this isn't a reason not to watch the game on Twitter TV. But it does make me wonder what Twitter is going to get out of this $10 million experiment. I get the "turn on Twitter and watch interesting video" part of it. But it seems like there should be a second part, where Twitter shows off what's cool about the rest of Twitter. That didn't happen last night.
—By Kurt Wagner and Peter Kafka, Recode.net.
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