“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.”