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Portland man sues Showtime for ‘defective’ stream of Mayweather Vs. McGregor fight

Mayweather vs McGregor - Photo courtesy ZUMA Press via MGN

An Oregon man is suing Showtime Networks for what he claims was a frustrating and disappointing pay-per-view experience while trying to stream Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.

Zach Bartel, of Portland, paid nearly $100 the day before the fight to stream it in HD on his Apple TV.

The lawsuit claims that Bartel and thousands of other customers found they couldn’t stream the fight through Showtime’s streaming app.

“Instead of being a ‘witness to history’ as the defendant promised,” the suit reads, “the only thing plaintiff witnessed was grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls.”

According to the complaint, Bartel’s system was “up-to-date” and “top-of-the-line” with a strong connection that could stream other video services well in HD.

Bartel’s attorneys point out that this is the first big fight available to stream without a cable subscription.

“In hopes of maximizing profits, defendant rushed its pay-per-view streaming service to market, without securing enough network bandwidth to support the number of subscribers who paid to watch the fight,” the lawsuit claims.

Showtime spokesperson Chris DeBlasio told MMAFighting.com that, “while we have received a very limited number of complaints, we will issue a full refund for customers who purchased the event directly from Showtime and were unable to receive the telecast.”

The class action lawsuit said Bartel and any other Oregonians who bought a PPV stream of the fight but couldn’t view it “are entitled to recover actual damages or $200 statutory damages, whichever is greater, interest and fees and costs.”

The lawyers stated that Showtime’s sales records and data can be used to find out how many Oregon customers purchased the fight stream.


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