When NBC Sports announced it would be partnering with Verizon to bring its live college football game to mobile, the network seemed like it was going to be the one to deliver it.
But the network has been slow to deliver on the promises and has been plagued by other major issues with its app.
That all changed Monday when the network announced it will bring its game to the iPhone and iPad.
“We have been working on a mobile version of our Big 12 Network app for years and have finally delivered the perfect app to everyone,” NBC Sports said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to finally deliver on that promise.”
The network has long been criticized for not being able to deliver the game on the iPhone or iPad.
It’s the biggest problem with the app, which is the reason why the network recently introduced a new version, the ESPN app, to help make the experience more attractive.
In addition to being slow to release the game, Verizon’s new app isn’t nearly as well-designed as the app it replaced.
Verizon said the app has been redesigned and redesigned more than a dozen times since the network’s first announcement about its mobile plans, and many of those changes have resulted in apps that are more cluttered, frustrating, and lacking in useful features.
In some cases, the app is missing features like live streaming, which has left fans with little choice but to watch the game via the network.
And there’s no way to stream games to the Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
While the new app does offer the same features as the Verizon version, Verizon isn’t the only one struggling with its mobile app.
A number of other major networks have been making similar moves, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NBCSN, Fox and CBS, which are all launching new mobile apps for the 2016 season.
NBC, meanwhile, is in the process of launching its own mobile app that is much better designed.
But as the stakes for the conference get higher, NBC has the most to lose if it does not improve its mobile apps, according to Matt Dennison, senior VP of programming for NBC Sports.
“It’s not a new network, and they have been very focused on the mobile app,” Dennion told TechCrunch.
“And as we’re talking about what’s going to happen on the network, they’re looking at all of the options that are out there and what’s the best fit for them.”
But as for the potential of the network getting a mobile app for the iPhone?
“I think they’re smart enough to figure that out,” Denny Deren, a former ESPN executive, told The New York Times.
“I don’t know if they’ve figured it out yet, but they’re not the only network to have this.”
In a statement to TechCrunch, Verizon declined to comment.
In the past, Verizon has struggled to make the network mobile-friendly, which was a primary reason why it launched the ESPN App in 2012.
And it has yet to deliver a mobile-optimized app.
Dennian said the network had already tried to make its mobile experience better with the iPhone app, but that it was not as well as it could have been.
In 2013, the Big 12 was the only Big 12 conference to not have a mobile game available, which led to some criticism of the decision.
Now that the league has several major apps for mobile devices, including Fox Sports Go, it may be able to make some of those decisions for the network and bring the game to iOS and Android.
But if it can’t do that, then there’s the potential that the network will not be able compete with its major rival, the ACC.
Deren said that the ACC has been a big part of the conference’s growth.
“They’ve been a huge factor in our growth,” he said.
“They’ve helped us grow the conference, and I think we’re going to see that continue.”