The Morning After: Netflix struggles with its live streaming technology

Two weeks ago, Netflix confirmed that it would broadcast live the Love is blind Reunion of the fourth season. But when the time came, first it was delayed, then after an hour Netflix pulled the plug. The streaming service soon tweeted an apology and aired the meeting yesterday.

This was only Netflix’s second attempt to broadcast live. It’s the first, the Chris Rock comedy special. selective Outrage, broadcast live in March. But Netflix edited out their material on being beaten up by Will Smith at the Oscars. Rock got a movie name wrong in a punchline when he was performing live and corrected himself mid-delivery. The streaming service later fixed the issue. Netflix also owns the rights to stream the Screen Actors Guild Awards live next year, which should give it plenty of time to work out those technical difficulties.

–Matt Smith

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