We managed to catch the 2013 Golden Globes via a stream from somewhere in the United States. It wasn’t ideal but it worked. This year I had pretty high hopes for watching the Oscars online, especially given the Canadian broadcast network CTV stated they “are granting you exclusive access to THE OSCARS! For the first time ever we will be LIVE streaming….”
Perfect! All we had to do was head over to their web site, hit play, set up AirPlay on the Apple TV, and BINGO, we’d be all set for a night of Oscar fun on the 42″ Plasma. Live and without cable.
Sadly this was not to be, at least as far as CTV went. That was an epic fail. I knew something was up when commercials started playing right at the outset. They seemed oddly out of place, right at the opening announcements. OK I though, no big deal, lets see what happens. Three minutes later there they were again, commercials right over the show. Not at a break or anything but actually right over the show. And it was the same three ads, over and over and over.
It didn’t take long before we bailed on the idea of watching this nonsense and sought out other options. Fortunately we found a stream online from ABC and it went glitch free for the rest of the night.
I wrote CTV an e-mail asking about the issue and to their credit they replied rather quickly with “If you’re having an issue with ads playing outside of scheduled commercials, please refresh your page now and they should stop. We apologize for any inconvenience, thank you for your patience.” Glad they responded but I had already refreshed numerous times to no avail as had many other people, at least going by the Twitter feeds #Oscars #CTV #Fail.
So maybe it was a bug on their part but you’d think the bugs would be worked out well ahead of time. “CTV is hooking you up!” my ass. That was just terrible.
The future of online viewing is coming and this is the time to shine and gain all the fans you can. CTV reminded me once again of why I canceled cable and gladly walked away from all that commercialized bullshit.