Super Bowl 50 Sets Streaming Record, Issues Reported

Super Bowl 50 set a Super Bowl streaming record according to CBS. The 2016 edition of the NFL’s biggest game beat the previous record set by NBC with Super Bowl 49 last year.  CBS has not disclosed exact numbers, though beating the record wasn’t a surprise as more people have cut the cord since last year and CBS was offering tons of options for TV set top box streaming, including Roku via their CBS Sports app.

There were however some issues with the game. Several streamers reported issues with pixilation and buffering, and owners of earlier editions of Apple TV reported having issues with loading the app until well into the game.

I personally had trouble getting my Roku 3 to load the app at kickoff, but luckily I also have a TCL Roku TV and the app loaded after about a 30 second delay, I went back to my Roku 3 about 1/2 in and checked it again and it loaded after a one minute delay. As far as streaming quality the game was top notch, great color and clarity and zero buffering or pixilation. Overall I was pretty satisfied and can imagine the initial delay was caused by an unprecedented number of simultaneous streams.

WWE went through the same initial burps with WrestleMania a few years ago on their WWE Network despite preparing for the capacity.

Did you live stream super Bowl 50? How was your experience? Comment below.

William B. West

William B. West

William B. West has been an internet journalist since 1998. Writing for a total of 25 pro wrestling news sites at his peak, before retiring only to return to online journalism in 2011. Currently William is editor of, a contributor to, and editor in chief of &

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