Viewers complain as BT Sport Champions League coverage dogged by video delay
Yes, the audio was behind the video
BT Sport experienced technical difficulties with their Champions League coverage during the first half of Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.
The audio of the fake crowd noise persistently cut out before eventually coming back, but it then appeared that the audio feed of the commentary was a few seconds ahead of the video feed. This, predictably, left viewers angry and confused. Especially when Pasalic gave Atalanta the lead, as Darren Fletcher shouted "Pasalic, he's scored!" before any of us had seen the shot. Cheers Fletch.
Either the BT Sport commentators can see into the future or there’s a serious video delay on my telly right now
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) August 12, 2020
Even Sheffield United defender Ben Osborn was livid.
— Ben Osborn (@OsbornOn1) August 12, 2020
Pretty much everyone watching had a complaint to make about the commentary ruining the goal.
BT sport commentary being slightly ahead of the game is making this an awful watch
— Billie (@Billie_T) August 12, 2020
BT sport commentary so ahead of the action it’s like refreshing Twitter while streaming
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) August 12, 2020
The viewing pleasure of Atalanta’s opener hugely ruined by hearing the commentary before the goal
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 12, 2020
FIX YOUR COMMENTARY @btsport
— Eli (@ElMengem) August 12, 2020
Some viewers even turned a screenshot taken after Neymar missed an early sitter of Kylian Mbappe in shock and dismay on the sidelines to convey their feelings.
BT Sport's commentary: pic.twitter.com/eXKG2hxP5I
— Jacob Culshaw (@jacob_culshaw) August 12, 2020
When notified of the issue, Darren Fletcher clarified that he did in fact not have a crystal ball that helped him predict the future, but explained the difficulty was caused by the thunderstorms in the United Kingdom.
Is this what 2020 has come to? Choosing between not melting to death and having a problem-free football feed? Fuck this.