Saturday, May 2, 2015

Big Fight Hacked?

From ESPN: Reports of fans having trouble ordering the fight through their pay-per-view providers filled social media in the hours leading up to the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
HBO Sports spokesman Ray Stallone confirmed that the beginning of the fight was delayed by about 45 minutes to help fix the pay-per-view issues, pushing the start time to approximately 11:45 p.m. ET. Mayweather ultimately defeated Pacquiao in a unanimous decision.
Fans reported issues with some of the biggest providers, including Optimum, DirecTV, Charter, Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T. Problems ranged from issues with ordering, to pixilated screens, to screens going to black after the broadcast had started.
"We are aware of the issue impacting the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao feed," the Charter Communications account tweeted. "We are working to resolve as soon as possible."
With 90 percent of pay-per-view orders coming within hours of the fight, HBO and Showtime engaged in an intense marketing campaign in cooperation with providers to encourage early ordering. Mark Taffet, who runs HBO Sports' pay-per-view operation, told earlier in the week that the campaign was indeed working and more pay-per-view telecasts were ordered ahead of time than any of the company's previous 187 PPV boxing events.
Fight logos were put on billing statements and sent to customer emails. Verizon even sent out an email Saturday afternoon showing customers how to use the remote to order so as to eliminate call volume.
With all the hackers out there, it would not surprise me that that these problems were caused by some hackers, either a lone wolf or by a foreign government who wants to cause mischievous country...I am looking you,  North Korea.

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