Mayweather-McGregor Fight Delayed Due to Pay-Per-View Technical Problems

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr
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The highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was officially delayed shortly before its scheduled starting time due to widespread technical issues preventing an unspecified number of paying subscribers from being able to watch live.

Showtime issued a statement acknowledging the problems and announcing the delay late Saturday. “Due to high demand, we have reports of scattered outages from various cable and satellite providers and the online offering. We will delay the start of the main event slightly to allow for systems to get on track. We do not expect a lengthy delay.”

After initial indications the main event would commence at 11:15 p.m ET, it didn’t get started until nearly one hour later.

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The delays are an embarrassing and perhaps costly interruption for one of the biggest sports events of the year. Social media was bombarded with complaints from fans who paid $100 to get the pay-per-view telecast of the fight only to get error messages and no live stream of the action. Hours into the 9 p.m. ET telecast, UFC acknowledged the issues in a tweet: “Due to overwhelming traffic you may be experiencing log in issues. This will be resolved shortly.”

However, it didn’t appear any resolution was found as hundreds complained about being blocked from accessing the fight they paid for via myriad methods, from traditional multi-channel pay-per-view to streaming directly from UFC Fight Pass, regardless of device.

College basketball commentator Dick Vitale, for instance, railed against cable operator Frontier Corp. when a party he was attending was disrupted by an inaccessible PPV. “Yes @FrontierCorp has zeto concern for their customers / I am livid / planned all week for our fight party / what a nightmare/Thnx Frontier,” he tweeted.

Piracy was also evidently a problem as streams of the fight from subscribers who had no trouble accessing the event were broadcast via livestreaming apps such as Twitter’s Periscope to users who didn’t have to pay to watch a live albeit grainy feed.

Mayweather-McGregor was expected to be among the biggest PPV draws in history, estimated to reap as much as $1 billion in revenues. But the total haul from the event could be impacted if refunds have to be delivered to a significant subset of the audience.

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  1. Cheese says:

    Ball rash was caused because of this fight. I scratched my nuts non stop waiting for the fight to begin. Real nut rash

  2. rob p petry says:

    The hackers posted the fight for free on Sonys site and HBO an hour before it started. wait for the laughs….

  3. Audrey Brewer says:

    I was charged twice and did not get to see even 1 second of the fight,and cannot find a working number to contact UFC.TV
    I want all my money back and I do not recommend ordering through UFC.TV

  4. Joel says:

    I want my refund!

  5. redvforlife says:

    was unable to watch ppv until round 4 of the main fight because the ufc tv crashed for two hours and a half not happy

  6. Audrina says:

    I started to get a lot of spam related to mayweather and mcgregor on my website from bangladesh I didn’t know what mayweather and mcgregor is, I thought may be some baseball or something. But anyway, I started to hate mayweather and mcgregor because of so much spam links to mayweather and mcgregor fight. Atleast now I know what mayweather and mcgregor is!

  7. Bryan says:

    I got to see the fight…but it seemed lime everytime something IMPORTANT happened, whether a good uppercut or McGregor doin his tongue face…the damn screen scrambled. I KNOW I’m not the only one to experience this. $100 for $25 worth of broadcasting. These media outlets had months to prepare. I just dont understand. I, for one, will not ask for a refund. I will, however, demand a partial credit due to the embarrasing event I held in which I personally was blamed for. NOT happy…Xfinity was always good to me…until now.

    • The cable industry caught with its pants down by neglecting technology that truly makes them money, which are pay per view events, and focusing too much on building apps, and streaming GAME OF THRONES.

      At least the industry forcibly knows how bad COMCAST/ XFINITY technology is now, they better rely on Verizon/ Verizon Fios technology from now on, and you know why……………

      BECAUSE VERIZON IS A TELEPHONE COMPANY…………COMCAST IS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Norman barrow says:

    It is sill shit

  9. Norman barrow says:

    This is shit

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