This morning we watched the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup inaugural ceremony live in the U.S.
Here’s SI’s experience:
First, we logged on to Willow.tv ($129 for worldcup package) on the PC/web at 7:12AM ET a couple of minutes before start of the ceremonies. No issues, went through smoothly.
But we were keen on watching it on TV so we logged off and turned on our Samsung 40-inch LCD TV connected to the Internet (Wi-Fi) through a Roku set-top box. Despite clicking on the channel several times, we couldn’t get it to load.
Maybe, we hadn’t left enough time between logging out on PC and trying to connect via the TV. Who knows.
Remember to log out from PC/Web, because you can’t simultaneously connect to Willow from multiple devices.
Smooth on PC
Since there was little time, we rushed back to the PC/Web and logged on again.
Overall smooth quality on PC. We suffered buffering/interruptions a total of six times.
Except for the first instance when the telecast slipped for over 20-seconds (we switched to the source 2 option provided on the right side of Willow.tv home page and could connect immediately), the other interruptions didn’t last for more than a couple of seconds.
By the way, there are three streaming sources for PC/web Labeled Source 1, Source 2 and Source 3.
If one source slips, try the next.
Willow Experience on TV
Toward the end just as Canadian rock star Bryan Adams was performing, we decided to go back to the TV and see how the whole thing (dazzling lights and all) would look like on a big screen via Roku. First, we logged out from our PC/Web.
To our pleasant surprise, the picture quality on TV via Roku (Wi-Fi) was quite good. Not a single interruption till the end.
Bottom Line, we found the live telecast quality of Willow.TV on both PC and TV to be of decent quality.
For the first match (scheduled for Saturday), we intend to watch mostly on TV. We’ll let you schmucks know how it turns out.
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