ESPN releases statement on UFC 257 streaming debacle

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If you ordered UFC 257 in the United States, your only option for legal viewership was the ESPN+ streaming service. So when the network was inaccessible for many fight fans, Twitter was awash with complaints even from UFC fighters themselves.

As many were locked out, ironically in a week in which Dana White was threatening any illegal streamers, I’m sure illegal streaming soon became the method for watching at least the first two main card bouts.

Service has seemingly been restored for many as of this writing, but ESPN did release a statement on this very messy situation.

“We are aware of an issue impacting some fans’ ability to access to tonight’s PPV event and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” per The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.

Again, this is seemingly isolated to the United States, but I imagine many are none too happy that they forked over $70 and didn’t get the full broadcast as promised.

Such is the risk when it’s a massive pay-per-view with only one way to watch it legally.


Oh Dana... it was his old man energy that caused this

Hackers wanted to turn him red

West Cost of the US here, this was EPIC UFC FAIL DAY!

DW wanting to crack down on illegal streaming was his conversation of choice all week, and what did it result? It was EPIC UFC FAIL! Millions of legit ppv buyers in the US could not watch the ppv they pre-purchased! Illegal streaming is a fraction of the ppv steaming so making legit customers suffer for UFC trying to crack down of bs is messed up! Millions of extremely upset customers are going to be calling their banks Monday to block payment on this f**ked up ppv buy!

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