MSNBC Goes Temporarily Dark On DirecTV Amid Convention Coverage

By Dominic Patten, Patrick Hipes

Deadline/Dominic Patten

(UPDATED with more information on cause of outage) MSNBC on Monday went dark for six minutes on DirecTV amid its coverage of the Democratic National Convention before the signal was restored.

“We are experiencing temporary technical difficulties,” read a prompt on the screen of DirecTV watchers. “Please stand by. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

The cable news network appeared to be working as usual on other systems. It appears the issue impacted subscribers nationwide, with tweets coming in from Michigan and Texas noting the issue.

The signal went out at around 5:03 p.m. PT while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace and Joy Reid previewing Night 1 of the Democrats’ four night hootenanny.

The cable newer returned at 5:09 p.m. with the network’s Joy Reid interviewing Sen. Elizabeth Warren live from the former Presidential contender’s home in Cambridge, MA.

The cause of the brief outage seems to have been from rough weather in the New York Metro Area taking the DirecTV signal down, a source familiar with the situation tells Deadline

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