World Cup fans left angered by SBS streaming glitch in England game

Kiran Thakare 2 months ago
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Viewers watching the Three Lions take on the USA saw the feed cut out towards the end of the match

Australian public service broadcaster SBS is in hot water after its live stream coverage of England's 0-0 draw with the United States went down during a crucial time.

With the two sides deadlocked and only a few minutes left in the match, the live stream on the SBS website and app cut out, leaving fans unable to follow the rest of the action and forced to vent their frustrations online.

The free-to-air TV network is the exclusive rights holder to the Qatar World Cup down under and has been very popular with fans looking to watch the World Cup online, both inside and outside of Australia.

Click here to check out our guide to watching the World Cup for free online with SBS Australia wherever you are in the world.

Despite this excellent service proving to be a lifesaver for thousands of fans around the world, many were left displeased to see a "Video loading error" message on their screens towards the end of the crucial Group B clash.

SBS blames glitch on "human error"

The Australian platform has since apologised for the glitch, which it called a "human error".

An SBS spokesperson made a statement in which they said the following:

“We are aware that viewers of the SBS On Demand FIFA World Cup stream experienced a drop-out during this morning’s England v USA match. This was caused by human error. A member of our technical staff inadvertently interrupted the stream requiring it to be restarted, which meant viewers needed to restart their streams as well.“

SBS Australia showing World Cup 2022 for FREE

Depsite this minor, but nonetheless disruptive, error, fans have been generally very pleased with the service on SBS On Demand, the network's free streaming platform. Both the website and app have mostly performed well, and they offer a vital free-to-watch option for those fans stuck in countries where the TV rights are owned by pay-TV broadcasters.

The SBS On Demand app is the #1 free download in Australia on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as thousands of fans look to make SBS their home for the Qatar World Cup.

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