Mayweather-Pacquiao fight plagued by piracy on Periscope, Meerkat

How Mayweather, Cable Providers Won Saturday's Bout

The broadcast of the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been hit with piracy, despite television execs' best efforts to prevent illegal viewing.

Users of live-streaming sites Periscope and Meerkat began posting footage of the fight shortly after the starting bell on Saturday. Tweets of users' experiences with the sites can be seen below.

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Mayweather Pacquiao tweets (used in article #21179242)
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Mayweather-Pacquiao fight plagued by piracy on Periscope, Meerkat
Boxing meet Periscope. Periscope meet boxing.
Download periscope. It's all over there
|LIVE NOW| watching the BIG fight! and it's bored out of my tree #meerkat
Well, this Periscope thing is pretty cool. Watching the fight on my phone via some schmo's TV!

It's likely that piracy was worsened due to many cable providers, including Time Warner and Charter, suffering service outages prior to the start of the fight. The start of the fight was delayed as providers dealt with the issues.

The piracy follows Showtime and HBO jointly filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against several streaming sites on Tuesday. Periscope and Meerkat reps say that copyrighted footage will be removed from their sites.

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