It was not a good night to have your TV provider cut out, as DirectTV learned on Wednesday night. The AT&T satellite service apparently went dark around 8:45 p.m. ET in homes all across the country. If missing the best in what prime-time TV has to offer wasn't bad enough, it came as many Americans are just getting used to the concept of self-quarantining to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Given that the federal government has begun urging people to isolate themselves wherever possible, as well as practice the act of social distancing, which a few celebrities have been openly advocating for and encouraging their fans to do the same. Under these circumstances, evening TV is one of the few reliable sources of normalcy for people.
Granted, the blackout only lasted for a few minutes and based on multiple reports, was back up and running by 9 p.m. ET. Still, those 15-ish minutes made viewers everywhere miss out on critical moments of The Masked Singer, Survivor and Chicago Med. And they had stories to tell.
Directv messed up my survivor recording and lost the last 8 minutes wow who do I have to sue?— j (@jeremymsmalls) March 19, 2020
First up, the Survivor fans aired their grievances.
I'm so sad as a huge Survivor fan I watch every week but my directv froze & I totally missed the second tribal so I have no idea what went down about Sandra getting voted out #SurvivorWinnersAtWar #Survivor40 #Survivor— Jill (@Manateeluv) March 19, 2020
The fact that it happened during the tribal council was a particular sore spot.
Damn @foxnetworks and @DIRECTV , so glad that your services break up during the masked singer, but the commercials come through crystal clear, ya know, when you're getting paid for advertising space. This is just stupid.— ProtoKoL_X (@ProtoKoLX_TV) March 19, 2020
Fans of The Masked Singer were equally upset by the sudden blackout.
My #Directv goes out right before the reveal on the masked singer and now it's probably not recording expedition unknown either! 😭— 💚Kellie Bevino🍀 (@Kellie_Shae) March 19, 2020
Hey @DIRECTV you suck.... ruining the masked singer to rebuild scheduler 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬— shopgirl82 (@JosandiPerez) March 19, 2020
Like Survivor, the timing of the issue couldn't have come at a worse time for the audience.
No television or news updates during the Coronavirus outbreak. Thanks, DirecTV! #DirecTVHasCOVID19— SPChartville1920 (@spchartville) March 19, 2020
My direct tv bill too high to be acting like this 🤦🏽♀️😩— M.🖤 (@ms_garciaa) March 19, 2020
this is one hell of a bad time to have #directtv go down! argh— TRM (@the1realmartian) March 19, 2020
Other subscribers just weren't happy in general.
Who need Directv?— Damar Hill (@inmemoryofdesi5) March 19, 2020
Others just tried to make the best of a bad situation.
DirecTV has not commented on the glitch as of press time.