A YouTube TV outage hit at a very inconvenient time for sports fans today: right in the middle of the semifinal game of the World Cup. YouTube TV posted about the outage on its Twitter page, then about an hour later tweeted again that the service was up and running. The Information reached out to Google for more information on what caused the outage, but the company hasn’t had a comment so far.
This is a very high-profile blunder for YouTube TV. The World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting events: The last game England played against Columbia had an estimated 24 million people watching. It also isn’t the only time YouTube has dropped the ball on streaming, following on an outage during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. These high-profile incidents could prove to be a problem for the company as it makes a push to convince TV watchers to cut the cable cord and buy into its “skinny bundle” subscription model.