What’s your ESPN3 setup?


I received a great suggestion last week from a reader (shout out to my man Blue) about a blog topic for this week. I meant to get to it earlier, which is something of a mantra of mine, but hopefully it’s not too late in the week for it.
Anyway, Blue’s suggestion was to ask the Tech grads to embrace their inner nerd/geek and show off their computer wizardry by sharing what their setups were for the ESPN3 broadcast of last week’s game, or what they”ll do for Saturday night’s game.
Here’s what Blue said:
“I did it right [Saturday]; ran a VGA cable from my laptop to my TV, and used computer speakers when I discovered the radio broadcast was a half play ahead.”

Extra points to Blue for proper use of a semicolon. Can you top Blue?

This might actually provide a service, as apparently the ESPN3 transmission was on the lame side and perhaps a better setup would help. (A complete guess. My technological expertise begins and ends with the on/off button. I’m a guy who tried to take care of an oversensitive mousepad on my keyboard by taping a piece of paper over half of it. I also don’t know a better word to describe what I’m talking about than “setup,” and I only know that from Blue’s e-mail.)

Before I forget, if ESPN3 goes down the flusher again, Middle Tennessee State streams live video of its in-stadium video board. Link here. It’s$7.95.

Anyway, let’s hear what you did or have planned. And if someone wants to poke fun, go ahead. You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re going to be reading the comments for the best, um, setup.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

64 comments Add your comment


September 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Simple Stuff: Blackberry Playbook Tablet, 6 foot micro-HDMI cable to 40inch LCD TV, looking for my Altec speakers I bought in 1998 when i moved in as a freshman – all while wearing a “Swarm Shirt”….and of course watching the game with 7 other male friends, and 2 female friends. sounds abt right…

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2011
4:16 pm

PC to 52 inch HDTV via a VGA to HDMI cable with software that also allows me to use my computer monitor for following the blog simultaneously…..assuming there will be an open blog during the game.


September 9th, 2011
4:16 pm

Excuse me but an 8 to 2 ration sounds inappropriate.


September 9th, 2011
4:16 pm

To he'll with Georgia

September 9th, 2011
4:26 pm

109 inch projector with xbox live espn app hd 1080p

To he'll with Georgia

September 9th, 2011
4:27 pm

1500 watt surround sound Sony system

Ken Sugiura

September 9th, 2011
4:29 pm

To he'll with Georgia

September 9th, 2011
4:35 pm

If your going to watch a good game it’s got to be big so you can see it all.


September 9th, 2011
4:35 pm

streaming on a macbook air and using a thunderbolt to hdmi adapter to output to my receiver/tv.

I don’t think setups are the culprit for the espn3 suckage, however. I think it has something to do with either espn’s servers/encoders, the particular internet providers, or the communication between the two. I’m with comcast and had issues with disconnects after commercial breaks and I was unable to connect at all during the third quarter.

I’m leaning toward it being encoding issue since I have friends with comcast that streamed using xbox 360s and there were zero issues. Anyone else with a similar experience?


September 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

Thanks, Ken! I’ll add one more thing; with a DVR, you might be able to time the broadcast to the radio. Also, if you’re running off a laptop, set up your TV as a projector.

Simon Bar Sinister

September 9th, 2011
4:46 pm

The 8:2 ratio is perfect for a Tech game.


September 9th, 2011
4:46 pm

“Is the Dome gonna have a top?”


September 9th, 2011
4:51 pm

Download the ESPN Channel from video section on XBox360 media browser
ESPN channel offers
split screen – watch two ESPN3 channels at one time
live score updates – don’t do this if you paused game, you will see the score of the game your watching
Ticker at bottom – standard ESPN ticket – can be turned on / off

1. must have ESPN3 approved service provider
AT&T is free (included in price of your DSL)
Some offer at additional charge
Some don’t offer period

I had good connection the whole time last game, watched on 42″ flat screen
Some minor lag issue. did not miss any of the game, but blur’d
Good thing was when I paused game to walk the dog, it automaticlly fast fowarded during the blank ESPN3 splash screen during commercial breaks


September 9th, 2011
4:54 pm

The problems may also be due to your ISP. I had a few problems in the first half last week with losing the feed during commercials, but had no problems in the second half. I was streaming on my desktop using an AT&T DSL connection.

My main problem with ESPN3 is the lack of basic playback controls. Being able to pause, rewind, etc. should be an option. In fact, two or three years ago those options were available on the ESPN360 feeds, I’m not sure why they dropped those features.


September 9th, 2011
4:58 pm

XBOX. It’s the only way.

GT Anchorage

September 9th, 2011
5:00 pm

I’ll have ESPN 3 streaming off of my Xbox 360 in beautiful HD (although the game may not be). The Xbox version works much better than streaming it on a computer. Will be using a 46″ Samsung display.


September 9th, 2011
5:06 pm

my kids PS-3 just paid for itself, i live in the sticks & neither of the 2 local puny phone companies-with complete net strangleholds-carry 3 on their feeds……


September 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

Stream through Xbox360 to the bigscreen! You just need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership and an ISP that provides ESPN3 – I have Comcast here in ATL. Watched the Tech – Western Carolina replay again last night this way!


September 9th, 2011
5:08 pm

laptop to flatscreen. i used chrome last thursday and i got the damn black screen after commercials and had to reload browser window. didn’t see any of the 3rd quarter cause game never came up. others i talked to had same issue so it wasn’t on my end. sucked. i’m no fan of internet explorer by someone said it’s the way to go for espn3. have to try it tomorrow night.


September 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

I have Comcast and output from my laptop over HDMI to my Samsung TV and ran the feed at full screen EXCEPT during commercials.

Initially I had problems during commercials. I can’t remember exactly what I did but it was one of these two solutions:
1. Exited full screen during the commercials.
2. Switched the AV on my TV from my PC input to my cable box input.

Before I figured that out, I would close out of the ESPN3 window when the screen blacked out, hit reload on the browser and enter back into the game.

I hope these suggestions help!

Ken Sugiura

September 9th, 2011
5:10 pm

great stuff. BTTF, you lost me at XBox360

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2011
5:19 pm

Ken, will there be an open blog during the game?


September 9th, 2011
5:26 pm

How do you view it on a PS3?? My son has one I doubt he’ll know too, considering he is 8.


September 9th, 2011
5:29 pm

xbox 360 live! You cannot believe with just a simple download you have espn3 available, and the reception was great! The same commercials repeated over and over though.


September 9th, 2011
5:34 pm

My ISP is resolutely entrenched in the stone age, so I’m stuck 1,000 miles away from GT with no ESPN3 access. I kept the GameCast open for the entire WCU game, but play-by-play updates are a poor substitute for live action. I’m hoping my ISP caves to my demand for ESPN3 under threat of firebombing.

Ohio Jacket

September 9th, 2011
5:35 pm

Ken, very good work, very good topic. Normally, I just watch ESPN3 on my laptop as I will be doing tomorrow. Last Thursday, however, I happened to be in the ATL and ended up going to the game. I do appreciate the service that ESPN3 is, but I enjoyed sitting in the Upper North stands last week more than watching it on my computer.


September 9th, 2011
5:36 pm

my U-verse connection was up & down after half time last week, too; so it’s likely not the internet carrier. 1st half, I watched it on my laptop just fine. 2nd half was a waste of time. Listened to Wes on the radio.


September 9th, 2011
5:38 pm

I do have a service from my cable company which will put anything on the PC onto the TV, but it’s only 800×600 resolution. If you have a newer Blueray player such as a Panasonic 110/210/310 it may have MEDIA RENDERER or the ability to hook up via the home network with newer Intel processor laptop or PC and use Intel’s Media Share. (That cool stuff they do in the commercials with the laptop’s screen on the TV.) You can get the software needed at Intel’s web site.

Last year we used a converter box to take the PC signal and made it into a S-video format for the tv to handle. Digital coaxial audio out was converted to optical for the home theater speakers since I have no other available inputs but we could just put the R/L audio outs into the system if we wanted..

This year we have a new HDTV plasma and no converter box is needed for the video signal since it has a PC monitor connection. (A newer PC or laptop could have a HDMI connection which would might handle both the audio and video pending on the internals.) We do however change the PC’s screen resolution to 1080×720 or a higher HD res if the video card can support it, (which on the pc’s LCD makes it look squished) and just connect it directly to the HDTV which will then fill the screen properly. IF we don’t do this, then it’s just a SD screen and the game is wide-screen on small part of the HDTV. Audio is the same setup, they’re not broadcasting 5.1DD anyway. We have a wireless keyboard and mouse to control the PC’s inputs during the game, etc.

Last year when the audio went out, we were able to listen on the opposing teams radio outlet on the web by opening another window and running the embedded player, however there is/will be a sync problem and either the video or the audio is ahead or the other.

The only pleasure from the ESPN3 broadcast if fewer commercials (though very repetitive) and no annoying ESPN halftime show (which I don’t understand why they don’t just broadcast the show).


September 9th, 2011
5:48 pm

oh, I didn’t mention, that if you are not eligible for ESPN3 you should find someone who is, and have them setup a email acct for you that automatically forwards to your own acct. Then while on the approved ISP, log in and enable the ‘use other networks’ option, then you can watch ESPN3 if you are out of town and not on an approved ISP (who pays them or charges you extra for the service).

FWIW, I have a 50/8mbps connection at home.


September 9th, 2011
5:53 pm

I push the laptop display and sound through an HDMI cable to my 7.1 surround sound system which forwards the video to the 60″ HDTV. If ESPN3 fails I just switch over the GT audio broadcast online. I have a 30Mbps FIOS connection so network speeds aren’t an issue. Once the broadcast locks in the quality isn’t quite full HD, but it’s still better than an SD picture.

Vince Lombardi

September 9th, 2011
6:23 pm

I can’t top; blue. I’m not very; good with semicolons.


September 9th, 2011
6:27 pm

loggin on from the middle east…dont have a proper internet provider… linking through att….but espn3 does not work… SO… logged onto a vpn first and BANG… it works now just as if i’m in the states….. That’s enough … at 2:30 am to 5:30 am the TV size does not matter :)

Nashville Jacket

September 9th, 2011
6:59 pm

Last week purchased a Boxee box to find out that they’ve not updated their flash player for two months and it more than likely wouldn’t come out before November. The BB was returned today. Can’t travel to the game because my baby girl yellow jacket was just born. So I went on Craigslist and bought a 2010 Mac Mini and plan to connect it with HDMI to the TV.
Go Yellow Jackets!

white & gold

September 9th, 2011
7:01 pm

Computer wireless to PS3 via playon (playon.tv, 2 week free trial) to 55″


September 9th, 2011
8:03 pm

Sony laptop with Intel WiDI(vice) wireless connect to Samsung 52″.


September 9th, 2011
8:04 pm

36″ LCD TV streaming from the ESPN app from my xbox. Did I mention I have Comcast, and did not have any problems.


September 9th, 2011
8:10 pm

HDMI output from laptop to HDMI input on TV … Looks incredible if your laptop recognizes the TV as a TV and not a monitor


September 9th, 2011
8:32 pm

What’s the minimum mbps needed to have a non-choppy stream?


September 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

I just stream espn3 from my xbox to the big screen. It was worth the $60 for a year of gold.


September 9th, 2011
8:58 pm

My ISP is not on the list so my ESPN3 setup is non-existent


September 9th, 2011
9:00 pm

miniHDMI into the Jumbotron at Bobby Dodd.


September 9th, 2011
10:00 pm

Same as enginerd, MacBook Air Thunderbolt HDMI to 32″ Samsung HDTV


September 9th, 2011
10:19 pm

Anybody know a good bar in ATL that shows ESPN3 on a tv monitor?


September 9th, 2011
10:24 pm

I just hope that espn and/or comcast’s issues are resolved by tomorrow. Last week was incredibly frustrating and I don’t want to deal with another two weeks of the same.


September 9th, 2011
10:32 pm

tune my radio to 790 AM

GT Rich

September 9th, 2011
11:47 pm

Sony Vaio desktop connected to DVD-recorder — wife has me going to a party so I’ll be watching via DVD-R on the 60″ bigscreen when we get home.

Timothy Briley

September 10th, 2011
1:58 am

For video all I need are my eyes since I’ll be at the game. For audio I hope to listen to Wes via the”GT Atletics” Android app even though the delay will likely be horrendous, but as a backup I’ll have a radio tuned to the MTSU broadcast.


September 10th, 2011
3:46 am

watched the game from asia. no espn3 here so I used VPN to remotely access the Tech campus network, which allows access to ESPN3. Gotta love technology.


September 10th, 2011
7:50 am

I have an HTPC (home theatre PC) connected to an Electrohome 9500LC projector which throws a color balanced 1080p image up on a 10 foot DaLite Cinemavision screen. Audio is a digital s/pdif fiber connection to a Sony ES surround sound system which definitely can shake the house :)


September 10th, 2011
8:10 am

It’s a sad state of affairs when your team losses to Airforce…. It’s even worse when the only way you can watch is through your computer on espn3… Damn, what has happened to the state of football at GT?