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Cable Companies Get a Black Eye in Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

May 4, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies,” the AP reports.

“It’s another sting to the reputation of an industry that’s already beset with criticism over poor service and competition from streaming video providers,” the report notes.

Some fans “circumvented cable companies entirely, watching the fight [on] live video-streaming apps such as Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope, which let users broadcast video directly to the Internet from their smartphones,” the AP reports.

An estimated 3 million TV households bought the pay-per-view fight, carried by HBO and Showtime and sold for about $100.

The report adds: “Scores of angry tweets directed at various providers complained of problems with both ordering and watching. Some users said when they tried to order, the fight wasn’t available. Others complained of picture problems or an inability to tune to the pay-per-view channel.”

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2 Comments

  1. It feels like there are two issues at play here. Preparation and a good ol’ fashion ruse!

    If you didn’t anticipate problems with making a last minute order of what was being billed as, “The Fight of the Century”, then you’re as lame as the fight proved to be.

    The ruse? Simple, I got caught in the hype around this so-so event and now I don’t want to pay $100 for it. Buyers remorse, which in turn demands an inflated cacophony of braying about “the cable” companies being the problem.

    And, yes, cable still sucks! (unless they forgive the $100 charge my wife is going to freak out over, then I’ll keep it going for another 6 month package!)

  2. Yes. You are correct. The part of our culture who cries foul when they run from police anf get hurt and have ignorant behavior then cry race. Sorry, no refunds…

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