I'm on Time Warner Cable, and watched yesterday's Duke/Princeton game on ESPN3 with no noticeable problems. Any kind of video "freeze" or "glitch" seemed to be for very few seconds at most, and hardly occurred during the entire game. And, the video quality looked almost as good as HD to me...
in October about the problems with ESPN3. Here's the link: http://www.dukebasketballreport.com/...highlight=espn
After someone suggested that my download rate could stand improvement, I upgraded it. It did improve matters some, but ESPN3 is clearly better-viewed after the game is over, rather than by streaming it live. When it comes in as a fixed file, the program plays fairly well. On streaming, even with the faster download, the herky-jerk freezing still occurs.
A work in progress, I guess. But pay extra for it? No way.
So far as I know, TWC allows viewing of ESPN3 on one of their digital packages, which I do not have.
My viewing is via moderate speed DSL (average download in the range of 1.5 Mbps) provided by AT&T/BellSouth.
Viewing ESPN3 has a lot of variables that determine how well it works. Obviously, the download speed has a lot to do with it. Remember that the download speed is heavily variable depending on the traffic on the individual cable to your home. If most of your neighbors are streaming video or making heavy download demands, everyone's speed slows down, while the people a couple blocks away on a different part of the network might have no trouble. (I'm sure there are network geeks that can explain this more accurately than I have, but the idea is that what others are doing affects your speed, too.)
Don't wait until the game is about to tip off to try ESPN3 for the first time! Check it not once, but several times over a couple of days to see how choppy it is. You might have first tried it when all the teenagers on the street were sharing links of the latest viral videos, so it's much better the next time you try (or vice versa). You don't want to be surprised at tip-off! Based on your findings, you'll know if you may need a backup plan to occupy yourself and not find out the score until you can watch the archive just after the game ends.
I found that watching the Duke-UVA football game was quite nice. We fumbled and weren't able to hook it up to the TV quickly enough, but it was good on a laptop screen. Couple of hiccups here and there, but very watchable.
What is ESPN getting out of broadcasting a Duke basketball game solely on a website/tv channel which has limited availability? It's my understanding that this is only available as an online service or as a tv channel through TWC. Those of us in rural areas not serviced by TWC don't have access to this channel. Many rural areas still don't have high-speed internet through any means besides expensive satellites. ESPN has the rights to a game involving one of college basketball's elite programs and basically has decided not to televise it...yet I'm watching Alabama's football team mop the floor with Georgia State in primetime on a Thursday night? What gives?
Furthermore, I am confused...what is their ultimate goal for this ESPN3? Is ESPN hoping that it becomes a widely available tv channel or a successful subscriber based website?
As I understand it, cable companies pay to have ESPN3 available to their subscribers.
Trinity '97, Tent #1 '97
ESPN doesn't have very many games on ESPN3 only (this is Duke's sole ESPN3 only game this season). Here is the list. Normally, they will have them on one of their TV channels and simulcast over the web on ESPN3 for the growing number of people who don't have cable but have internet. It is unfortunate that high-speed web is not available in lots of rural areas but as television and internet continue to move towards becoming one entity I think this type of service is going to become more common
If I have my computer with me on the road and am registered with espn3 at home, will I have access to the game???
Get guys I have a question to all the espn3 users. I have to work while the game will be on. Do they let you replay all the games that they show? I would like to come home after work and watch the game at about 11PM. Will I be able to do this?
Another question; is the game on GoDuke? I have cablevision, so no ESPN3...
If it is not on GoDuke I guess I can try to find it elsewhere
I have Time Warner (which I dislike as much as UNCH, if not more) and they finally have provided us access to ESPN3. Since they couldn't hook up the cable correctly in my office (apparently cable internet and cable tv in the same room is just too complicated) I have been constantly streaming ESPN3 to the tv via HDMI cable. There are occasional drops in quality, but over all I am very impressed. I absolutely love that it doesn't play commercials and just goes quiet. That is amazing.
Now if I could just pay ESPN direct for 3 and the other stations, only order a few more channels online, and get the local stations I could drop Time Warner all together. Oh glorious day.
from the site... "Attention Time Warner Cable Customers
In order to watch ESPN3.com, you must receive ESPN as part of your television service. Please select Time Warner Cable from the list below and you'll be taken to Time Warner Cable’s web site to verify your account. The ESPN3.com video player will open automatically when you're done."
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