In the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, which took place in May of 2015, dozens of angry fans filed lawsuits against the networks and the fight promoters - because the consumers were looking for refunds and some wanted damages.
The lawsuits were prompted when Pacquiao revealed that he entered the fight with a pre-existing shoulder injury. In the United States, the pay-per-view ran nearly $100 in HD.
The cost involved with last Saturday's pay-per-view, which featured Mayweather taking on UFC star Conor McGregor, was a mirror image of the May 2015 PPV which generated 4.6 million buys.
However, once again there are angry fans but for a different reasons.
Oregon fight fan, Zach Bartel, who ordered the pay-per-view, has filed a clash action lawsuit which claims that his live stream - and the streams of many others - failed during the fight.
The Plaintiff ordered the fight on the Showtime Pay-Per-View app and streamed it via Apple TV.
He claims, in his legal papers that were filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, OR - that all he saw was "grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls."
The lawsuit claims unlawful trade practices and unjust enrichment and seeks a jury trial. The filing includes photos and screen shots of blurred video and buffering pages it says occurred during the fight. The suit said the Plaintiff tested his Internet speed to make sure it was not an issue on his end.
“At the same time defendant’s system was unable to stream the Mayweather fight in HD, plaintiff was able to watch other streaming services on YouTube and Netflix in crystal clear HD, as usual,” the suit said.
Later, it added, “When plaintiff turned to Twitter, he saw hundreds of complaints being tweeted by defendant’s other app customers in real time during the Mayweather fight experiencing the same issue with defendant’s defective service.”
Said a Showtime spokesperson: “We will not comment on any ongoing litigation. That’s our policy.”
Discovery on the case be completed by December 26, and a Joint Alternate Dispute Resolution Report is due by January 25, according to court documents.