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Saturday saw Capello’s Lions capitulate for the first time in a competitive fixture since the Italian took over the national team. But while the team were misfiring on the day, going by my experience at least, our broadband network held out rather well in the face of the all-out assault on bandwidth.

Just Like Being There

Using my BT 8Mb landline connection, pictures were as clear as my TV. And on the one occasion that the connection did go down, it was back up within 40 seconds or so. Better still was that all I missed as a result was Sven Goran Eriksson’s platitudinous non-analysis.

It’s hard to know how far my happy experience was replicated for the 300,000 or so fans who were estimated to have shelled out to see the game. But judging by some of the complaints registered on messageboards, not everyone’s enjoyment was so unimpaired. Complaints range from grainy pictures to garbled commentary. Meanwhile, for their part rights holders Kentaro claim that there were no major issues on the day.

Either way, with experts agreeing that online-only broadcasts will become more and more common in future, it definitely looks like we’re going to have get used to this kind of thing.

How was it for you? Was England’s sub-far performance ruined further by slow streaming speeds? Or was your experience a much happier one? Let us know in the comments section below.

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