Oh Rugby League, must it always be so? The answer is always yes. The FFR XIII, the French governing body, had the great idea of streaming their match with Wales today on the web, presumably because TV wasn’t interested and there are plenty of weirdos who would get up for the England/Samoa and Australia/New Zealand who would also watch the French game.
But tell me, having made the momentous decision, did they do a good job? Did they ask people who knew how to do a good job? You know the answer.
Nouveau lien de streaming du match, meilleure image mais tjs pas de son ! On fait tout ce qu'on peut !! http://t.co/EftcjzBbFr
— FFR XIII (@FFRXIII) October 25, 2014
It ended up on Dailymotion, in really terrible quality, with no score, but not before they’d also knocked over their own WordPress site by putting the embedded video on the front page and handing out the link, so the thundering herd hit whatever VPS they bought for their website first rather than Dailymotion’s CDN infrastructure. Not surprisingly the database got its knickers in a twist. Why involve a database when what you really need is a cache?
So a good idea that our amateurish execution turned into a humiliating fiasco. Where have we heard that one before?