Thursday 1st October, 2020 at 4:00pm
Following yesterday’s live stream test event for our friendly against Ayr United we would like to provide a further update to supporters including confirmation that we will host another live stream test during tomorrow’s friendly against Hearts.
Yesterday’s stream saw a significant improvement in the resolution quality of the stream with the entire match being streamed in HD quality. During the match we updated and changed a number of settings to explore the system which resulted in the stream crashing around 30 minutes into the match. We have identified why this occurred and have taken steps to prevent it happening again in future. We also shut down the stream at half time to allow further settings to be updated ahead of the second half of the match.
We did not have accompanying audio commentary with yesterday afternoon’s stream but we are aware that a number of supporters could hear Michael Max and Christopher Dobie’s commentary of the game. This is due to the commentary team being located in the gantry, close to the camera placement and being picked up as background noise. We continue to work on the addition of audio commentary to complement the stream and will be making a number of updates to the system, as appropriate, ahead of tomorrow’s friendly.
As part of that ongoing testing process, our live stream of tomorrow’s friendly against Hearts will test the syncing of live audio commentary. Again, the club has taken the decision to make this enhanced live test stream available to all supporters and enable you to watch the match as part of the process – full details of coverage for tomorrow’s match will follow soon.
All of these updates mean we are in a better position to provide the best stream experience possible going into the 2020/21 campaign. The club remains committed to ensuring our supporters can enjoy the best possible live stream facility when competitive football at Firhill resumes.
On the subject of competitive football, we still await advice from St Mirren on their plans as host club for next Wednesday’s Betfred Cup group match and will update Thistle supporters as soon as is possible. For our own home match against Queen’s Park a week on Saturday, we will provide full details of our streaming and coverage plan at the start of next week.
Once again, we thank every Thistle supporter for their patience and understanding while we work to further improve our live stream experience for the season ahead.