Peacock’s exclusive NFL stream of Chiefs-Dolphins playoff game irks fans

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The Kansas City Chiefs-Miami Dolphins playoff game appeared exclusively on Peacock on Saturday night, and it was a source of anger for some NFL fans heading into the game.

New York sports radio legend Mike Francesa was among those who complained during the week about the game being on the streaming service.

He fired a post at X before the match started.

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Mike Francesa speaks

Inductee Mike Francesa speaks on stage during the 2018 Radio Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at Guastavino’s on November 15, 2018 in New York City. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)

“Not only is the NFL’s greedy Peacock adventure a shame,” he wrote. “But the quality of the broadcast is just as disgraceful. Improve the technology.”

It is unclear what ‘technology’ Francesa was complaining about. Some fans who downloaded Peacock complained about the choppiness of the broadcast.

“Good job, @peacock. Broadcasting an NFL playoff game in Pixelvision was a genius move. Maybe add a few servers before you try to hold fans hostage with your janky service.”, one fan wrote.

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“Your streaming is terrible! Jerky, buffers and the color fades,” another added.

While Peacock showed Taylor Swift during the game, one fan wrote, “Thanks for the photo of Taylor. Now fix the stream.”

For what it’s worth, Peacock’s helpdesk responded to fans and tried to help them fix their streams.

Last Sunday, Francesa was also angry about the Peacock game.

“Exclusive for the Peacock Playoff. Nothing short of a complete greedy disregard for their incredible fans. The NFL funded 110 million for the game and the fans be damned,” he wrote.

Charles Omenihu vs. Broncos

Charles Omenihu of the Kansas City Chiefs during the national anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High, October 29, 2023, in Denver, Colorado. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu seemed surprised when he realized the game would only be on the streaming service.

“The fact that we ONLY play on peacock is insane, I won’t lie,” he wrote on X.

However, he offered to rectify fans’ complaints by offering 90 free three-month Peacock memberships. Fans were excited when he followed through on his offer.

The match will be shown in local markets, but the rest of the country had to have Peacock to watch the match. It marked the first time an NFL playoff game was available only via streaming.

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The Peacock logo before an AFC wild card playoff game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on January 13, 2024 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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According to The Wall Street Journal, NBCUniversal and the NFL have reached a one-year, $110 million deal to bring the playoff game to the streaming service.

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