Fans got their best view of what the future of sports media might be like when the Los Angeles Chargers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs were broadcast on Amazon Prime Video as part of Amazon's new partnership with the NFL, which has transformed the tech giant into the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football.All subsequent Thursday matchups (except for the nationally televised Thanksgiving games) will be streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
With all of the new variables, many close observers of the league were equally as interested in Justin Herbert's ability to measure up to Patrick Mahomes.
Many followers felt that the broadcast had started off off poorly. Some complained that the overly slick presentation ruined the image quality, while others complained about pixelation, synchronization difficulties, and audio that frequently interrupted conversations.
Even when motion-smoothing is turned off, it still looks like it's on during Prime Video's NFL games.
Christian Blauvelt (@ctblauvelt) on September 16, 2022
If you ever thought of putting football on amazon prime instead of just being on television, please don't give up.
Jake (@jakemckinney17) will be available on September 16, 2022.
Thursday Night Football is a must-see for Amazon Prime. I love how everything is pixelated and fuzzy. I also like how the audio and video aren't synced correctly.
Great stream, really appreciate it. #NFL #AmazonPrime
King Sully Mac 169 IQ 510 ish (@SullyMacCat85) September 16, 2022
The first night of watching NFL on Amazon Prime is bleak on video and audio. I cant believe this is a thing right now. #KCvsLAC #TNFonPrime
Strider (@seconds732) September 15, 2022
This #NFL game must be streaming on Amazon Prime in 480p. I can almost count the pixels. Streaming is so horrible. Feel like I'm doing something wrong. #TNFonPrime
Kevin Koperski (@kevinkoperski) will be interviewed on September 16, 2022.
On Amazon Prime, the Chiefs vs. Charges looks like this: pic.twitter.com/ul96x8YzNe
Gurth_Brookz (@gurth_brookz) on September 16, 2022.
a surprising number of the ads on Amazon Prime are for Amazon Prime, the service I am paying for to watch the ads.
Rodger Sherman (@rodger) on September 16, 2022
Amazon Prime is attempting to stream Thursday Night Football on Twitter: http://twitter.com/4LG9HMrViS.
BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) September 16, 2022
i love amazon prime, but this football broadcast is AWFUL. evidently they were not prepared for the huge amount of viewers.
Devin (@devinncohenn) will be on the phone on September 16, 2022.
It's a challenge to watch this game on Amazon prime.
Michael Crabtree (@KingCrab15) on September 16, 2022
Why does the NFL not broadcast games on regular television?
Luddite living in Florida, signed and buried
Ernest Hooper (@hoop4you) will be writing on September 16, 2022.
Many fans left the game with as many questions about Amazon's ability to broadcast live football (and win over public opinion) as they did about Justin Herbert's injury status.