Paramount Plus must pick up their act next season

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Into the first of a five-year contract with the A-Leagues, Network 10 needs to invest more time into their new streaming service as subscribers take to social media to wail their frustration over the platform’s errors.

The current domestic broadcaster for Australian football continues to rub A-Leagues fans the wrong way, with technical issues plaguing the streaming service.

Network 10’s Paramount Plus broadcast all A-League Men’s and Women’s fixtures on its service. One game weekly from each competition is all simulcast on free-to-air via Channel 10 or 10 Bold.

Despite high numbers tuning in, viewers continue to experience issues with the platform. Out-of-sync sound, endured blackouts, poor picture quality are a couple issues being brought to attention.

Unlike Foxtel and Kayo, Paramount Plus also doesn’t have playback or pausing options for viewers. Viewers cannot rewind live feeds, meaning fans couldn’t rewind moments like Ben Garrucio’s scorpion goal despite the countless replays.

There is also a delay between live games and the Paramount Plus stream. This obviously can get annoying when fans are receiving live updates before the ensuing events on their screens.

The streaming service’s operation is also to bind the A-League Men’s and Women’s competitions together to create a more unified reception. The scheme would also create more publicity surrounding the women’s competition.

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Fans have complained about the accessibility of the Women’s games through the app, with the Men’s seemingly attracting more salience on Paramount Plus.

Network 10 are pledging to continually attempt to improve the A-Leagues broadcast.

“We are working really hard to constantly update the service and fix any bugs as they arise,” said a 10 ViacomCBS spokesperson.

“We are committed to providing viewers and fans with the best and most innovative coverage possible.”

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With a current subscription fee of just $8.99 a month, Paramount Plus is far cheaper than its sporting code competitors. Subscribers feel this may warrant the product’s quality.

Previous articles challenged the A-Leagues to show their deservedness of exposure on Paramount Plus. Now it seems the perspectives have turned.

Fan on social media are unhappy with the continuing troubles of Paramount Plus and want change imminent. However, the months between the 2021/22 season’s end and the beginning of the next will be a crucial stage for Network 10 to refine their platform and eliminate such troubles.

Failure to do so will only result in more angry fans and the loss of viewers, so change must be critical if the streaming service aims to stay as the lead broadcaster for the A-Leagues.

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

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Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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