Why Big Brother Fans Are Furious Over This 8-Hour Live Feed Blackout

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From Oprah Magazine

At the end of a long day, sometimes the best way to feel like you're living your best life is with some comfy PJ's, a glass of wine, and gratuitous reality television. In our series "Not-So-Guilty Pleasures," we remove the "guilt" and break down the latest happenings in your favorite TV indulgences.

  • During Big Brother 21's Thursday night eviction episode, Julie Chen Moonves teased a dramatic house fight to be aired Sunday night.

  • But fans are upset because they missed spoilers and that very fight due to an 8-hour live-feed blackout on CBS All Access.

After a long week of complicated decisions leading up to week 12's eviction, Cliff and Nicole finally decided to vote off Tommy over Holly. The decision has been made—whether you agree with it or not—but that doesn't mean the drama's over. And we're not even talking about what's going down inside the Big Brother house.

On Thursday, hours before the eviction episode even aired, fans were disappointed to see that their access to the 24/7 live feeds of the house (offered through CBS All Access) was completely cut-off earlier than usual. Instead of the dramatic houseguests, they were treated to hours of streams of "fish" (a fish tank) and puppies (an up-close look at an animal shelter).

On Thursday nights in particular, it's normal for live feeds to be shut off a few hours before the show—allowing production and the houseguests to get camera-ready. But this week saw the stream go down a little after 2 p.m. ET, without returning until 10:00 p.m. That's compared to the week before, when cameras were turned off around 6 p.m. ET to officially begin prep for Double-Eviction Night. Feeds were cut off prematurely earlier this season during week six, but eventually a mysterious video leak appeased fans.

To be fair, CBS does include a caveat on their site that says the feeds "may be edited, delayed, or blacked out on occasion." But in this instance, what made the lost footage such a big blow to super fans was that they missed out on four hours of the blowout house fight Julie Chen Moonves teased last night. You know, this:

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And while viewers were promised they'd see the rest of the argument during Sunday's show, live feed watchers pay a maximum of $9.99 a month to see real-time, unedited footage. Now, just like a majority of viewers, they'll have to see the edited version of events.

While that doesn't seem like a huge deal to some, to die-hard Big Brother fans, it's the absolute worst.

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Yes, the complaints are endless, and whether you agree with them or not is up to you. What we do know? We'll all be watching this #BB21 fight together for the first time on Sunday. Until then...

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