"You're ruining the World Cup for us."
Indian football fans were not happy with JioCinema over the platform’s live stream of the opening match of the FIFA World Cup.
The platform was founded by Mukesh Ambani and is generally popular among users.
But buffering issues made it very difficult to watch the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador.
Football fans in India criticised the terrible streaming quality as Enner Valencia scored twice to defeat the hosts 2-0.
In India, JioCinema is the only OTT platform airing the FIFA World Cup in addition to Sports18 (DTH channel).
After experiencing problems with JioCinema, Indian football fans voiced their frustration on Twitter.
One user trolled Ambani, comparing the disappointing broadcast to Elon Musk’s trouble as Twitter CEO, writing:
“World’s ninth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, can’t do a smooth World Cup streaming with his atrocious JioCinema app, just as the world’s richest man Elon Musk can’t run a microblogging app.”
Another user wrote: “Elon Musk can you buy Jio Cinema and fire the guys who ruined our FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.”
A third said: “Wow Jio Cinema, you guys should have tested your servers before putting in your bid for broadcasting FIFA World Cup in India.
One comment read: “Well JioCinema is a disaster, where else can we watch the World Cup online in India, any idea?”
— Rishabh Thakur (@rishabhthakur) November 20, 2022
One said: “Jio Cinema, either fix your streaming service or sell the rights to Hotstar or some other company.
“You’re ruining the World Cup for us.”
As memes and discontent flooded social media, JioCinema replied. assuring its subscribers that they were working to resolve the technical difficulties.
In a tweet, they wrote: “Dear @JioCinema fans, we are continuously working to give you a great experience.
“Please upgrade your app to the latest version to enjoy #FIFAWorldCupQatar2022.”
“Apologies for any inconvenience.”
FIFA World Cup – Qatar vs Ecuador
Qatar’s first World Cup match ended in disappointment.
Three minutes into the game, Ecuador’s captain Enner Valencia beat Qatar’s goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb to the ball, but the goal was ruled offside.
But after 12 minutes, Valencia was given a straightforward penalty and calmly slotted the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Valencia scored in the 31st minute when he headed a clear cross past Al Sheeb.
Unluckily, Qatar made history by becoming the first World Cup host country to lose its first game.