Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight was delayed due to technical issues.
“Due to the overwhelming demand, capacity of cable systems around country are being overwhelmed,” Showtime EVP Stephen Espinoza told ESPN. “They are shutting down and rebooting some of these cable systems.”
Xfinity, Atlantic Broadband and Frontier customers were affected — and potentially others. The reboot was performed with the intention of allowing customers the option to at least watch the bout in standard definition, as opposed to hi-def. Cable providers planned to refund customers $10 for the difference in quality.
Here’s more from Showtime, which did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.
Showtime statement on delay pic.twitter.com/eS1mLydc3w
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 27, 2017
The UFC’s live stream — another $99 viewing option — also hasn’t exactly been working perfectly this evening. The mixed martial arts major leagues tweeted the following a few hours ago:
.@UFCFightPass customers: Due to overwhelming traffic you may be experiencing log in issues. This will be resolved shortly.
— UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017