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Streaming of Rotherham match on Sunday

25 April 2020

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Today's live streaming of the game at home to Rotherham United from 2011 unfortunately had to be abandoned due to technical issues. The good news is that those issues have been resolved and the match will now be shown tomorrow (Sunday) from 1pm!

After successfully live streaming three classic matches on consecutive weekends, problems were experienced last week. Minor adjustments to the settings were made and all appeared to be working fine until the match kicked off and the dreaded buffering appeared before the stream was lost completely.

Giving up the ghost was not an option - we had to find a solution. From the feedback we have received, we know how much supporters look forward to watching the matches on Saturday afternoons.

Also, Drew Talbot, yes, THE Drew Talbot was pictured on social media settling down to watch the match with his son and we're not letting Drew down.

Executive matchday producer Nick, working from his pop-up studio (AKA Mrs J's treatment room), watched a video tutorial which suggested that the problem could be down to the computer.

Nick's MacBook Pro, normally a solid, reliable performer, clearly looked to be struggling (much like Rotherham's defence that night) and frankly, to borrow a line from Ronnie Moore, if he had a gun, he'd have shot it.

The decision was taken to drop the MacBook Pro, draft in a much younger Windows model and run a test stream on a private channel. Nick played the live stream on his phone for around an hour and a half - while taking out his frustration on an overgrown hedge - and it never even flickered once in that time, streaming perfectly. Result!

We are now confident that the live stream will work properly when the 'replay' takes place.

It is a very testing time for everyone and we are all having to adapt to new ways of living and working. This includes using technology which has not previously been required and learning new techniques 'on the fly'.

We may not get everything right first time but what we can assure everyone is that we will put in the time and effort to try and make life a little more bearable. 

Our weekly interactive Spireites Quiz, for example, has proved to be very popular and we have now reached out to other sections of the fanbase, putting on quizzes for kids and families. 

The club is at the very heart of the community and we will continue to engage with supporters in different ways. 

Thank you for reading. Stay safe and take care!


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