ESPN tries to trump Sky with its ‘near-live’ video service
One of the biggest pains of being a Premier League football fan in the UK is the lack of live action on a Saturday afternoon, traditionally the time of the week for football. With this new app, ESPN does its best to soften the blow by providing all the goals from Premier League matches soon after they hit the net.
For afternoon games on a Saturday, highlights become available around 30 minutes after the final whistle, and there’s even a countdown within the app to get you excited. The app itself is optimised for use on smartphones, meaning that if you want to use it on an iPad, then you’ll have to make do with a smartphone-quality picture. It must be said, though, that even on a smaller screen the picture quality can sometimes be held back. Connection speed and consistency means a lot when streaming any kind of video.
ESPN Goals does win some points back, however, with its clean and simple interface, a home screen composed of the latest videos, and a grid menu that offers access to a full ESPN TV guide, as well as the latest fixtures, results and Premier League table. It is nice to have all these things in one place, and is easy to access quickly. But the overall feeling is that this app lacks a bit of polish, and feels a little off the pace.
Hopefully, some further updates to the streaming quality and an iPad-optimised version will help make it a better competitor to other video services. For free, it’s a hard app to knock though and if you’re keen to get the latest goals and action from the Premier League this is as good an option as you’ll find at the moment.
Easy to use, but the less-than-perfect video quality hinders this app hugely.
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