Friday, May 01, 2015

How Not To Do Internet TV, Courtesy Of BT Sport

Well, you give with one hand and take away with the other.

There are some things in the world of television that are unfathomable. For example, for how long is the BBC going to fill gaping gaps in its schedules with helicopter noises because, for some reason, it cannot manage to broadcast local programmes in HD (ITV has been doing this for years).

Another incomprehensible service is BT Sport, who have the worst website in the world bar none.

I would estimate that a large proportion of people going to the site do so to watch one of the two BT Sport channels live, since it comes bundled ("for free") with their broadband connection. But getting to the live feed takes ages. It goes something like this.

1) Enter the BT Sport URL
2) Search through a cluttered interface for where the live stream is and probably select the 'Watch BT Sport' button
3) Click on the button
4) This - slowly, because of all the clutter and ads - loads an EPG
5) Click on the choice of channels on the EPG
6) A pop up appears (I kid you not..)


7) Click on 'Watch Live' (it's very small, be careful not to miss it
8) Ah, now you will get a massive ad with the 'ability' to log in


9) Enter your details (if you can remember them) and 'Log In'
10) Ah, you're on Chrome, the browser used by most people in the UK, so 2/3 of users are forced to go to a browser that only 7% of internet users use...
(To be fair, Sky are also doing this, but I'm a bloody fee paying customer, how dare you dictate what browser I have to use...)
11) Go Back to 1)
12) Enter the BT Sport URL
13) Search through a cluttered interface for where the live stream is and probably select the 'Watch BT Sport' button
14) Click on the button
15) This - slowly, because of all the clutter and ads - loads an EPG
16) Click on the choice of channels on the EPG
17) A pop up appears (I kid you not again..)


18) Click on 'Watch Live' (it's very small, be careful not to miss it again, but by now you should be getting the hang of this)
19) Ah, now you will get a massive ad with the 'ability' to log in


20) Enter your details (if you can remember them) and 'Log In'
21) Now a screen with 'Watch' comes us (what the f**k do you think I want to do at this point ?)
22) But you have your PC connected to a big screen (well, it's the Big Match that you want to watch.. And BT promised this for free with your expensive broadband..). So you get this:


23) Back to...

Oh, I give up....

And this mess of a site has been live for years now...