Some DirecTV issues Saturday.

The latest DirecTV sports issue isn’t a carriage dispute, but rather technical difficulties. Throughout Saturday, many subscribers to the service tweeted that numerous channels (including ESPN, NBCSN, and Fox Sports 1) displayed just jumbles of pixels rather than the proper picture:

Twitter user Jon Bristow said this was about channels on a specific DirecTV satellite, and that SD versions of those channels (on a different satellite) were still working:

Tim Burke backed up that it is satellite 14:

And DirecTV parent AT&T’s help Twitter account also offered the switch-to-SD advice:

A widespread outage like this would be a rough thing to have happen at any point, but it’s particularly annoying for sports fans to see this happen on a busy sports Saturday. If this is about a satellite, maybe that adds yet more impetus for DirecTV to hurry their transition away from that approach.

[Photo from Brent Singer on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.