And amidst a live TV coverage blackout the other side of the Irish Sea, Irish rugby fans had to find workarounds in order to watch their national team play Wales in the team's first of four Rugby World Cup warm-up matches. Meanwhile, BT Sport viewers complained about matches being spoilt by on-graphic graphics surrounding the action on the pitch.
Channel 5's football fail
Football League Tonight, Channel 5's new weekly prime-time football league highlights programme fronted by George Riley and Kelly Cates debuted with harsh criticism of the show online. A lack of highlights, the inclusion of an audience and 'wooden' presenters made the official #footballon5 hashtag trend on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.
How much actual football have we seen since 9pm? #footballon5— Chris Cox (@CertifiablyMod) August 8, 2015
From The Mirror's TV critic:
Dear #footballon5, we just want to see the goals. Please drop the sub-Top Gear audience-based banter-fuelled twattery. Thanks, the fans.— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) August 8, 2015
Predictably, the lack of an HD version of Channel 5 on free-to-air services was also complained about.Wish the competition prize was to get the last 45 minutes of my life back #footballon5— Craig Nicholson (@CraigSWFC) August 8, 2015
Meanwhile, sports fans the other side of the Irish Sea faced a TV blackout of coverage of their national rugby team's game in Wales.
None of the main Irish broadcasters provided live coverage on TV, so viewers ended up having to find workaround solutions. Thousands searched for manual tuning details for BBC One Wales, so they could add the channel with the live coverage on their Sky or free-to-air satellite receivers. Other users resorted to using VPNs in an attempt to view the BBC Sport live stream via the BBC Sport website or the iPlayer.
Highlights of the game, which saw Ireland beat Wales were shown several hours later on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports 3 in the Republic.
BT Sport graphics and gremlins
|This is what live coverage of French football looked like on the BT App.|
And viewers with BT Sport Europe complained about football matches being spoilt by on-screen banners, which some said were like Sky Sports News, surrounding the action on the pitch.