Well, I sent an e-mail to DirecTV asking what happened with the system outage this morning that effected the two channels that carried the Red Sox-A’s this morning. So far, the DirecTV public relations people are hiding under their desks.
Some channels were affected, others were not. I could receive ESPN, ESPNews and ESPN Classic, but not ESPN2. I had several sports channels on the Sports Pack, but not NESN, YES, MSG Network or Comcast SportsNet New England. It not only pissed off your humble blogger, it also pissed off viewers across the nation.
The lovely Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe who was live blogging the game from Tokyo was the first to hear about it and you can read the comments throughout the morning. People are pissed.
The following two links come courtesy the Boston Sports Media Watch. First, Richard Defendorf of CNET says the outage ended around 10 a.m. ET, but not in time for the game to air. It had ended by then.
Eric Wilbur of Boston.com says some Comcast cable customers in Southeastern Massachusetts also experienced outages of ESPN2 and NESN, but it was due to something else.
Seth Mnookin who wrote Feeding the Monster had the same problems.
SportsbyBrooks was also on top of the story.
So far, no explanation from DirecTV. I’ll post it when I receive it.