- YouTube power couple Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul got married this weekend in an elaborate Las Vegas wedding that reportedly cost $US500,000.
- Nearly 70,000 people paid $US50 each to watch a livestream of the wedding, but viewers complained about the stream’s poor quality – and that the wedding started four hours late.
- TMZ has reported that Google and Apple are issuing refunds to fans who bought the livestream through in-app purchases on livestreaming app Halogen.
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The nearly 70,000 fans who paid $US50 each to watch YouTube’s bonafide royal couple get married this weekend may be able to get refunded for the shoddy viewing experience.
TMZ reports that Google and Apple are issuing refunds to some of the disappointed fans who made shelled out money on livestreaming app Halogen TV to get a glimpse of the wedding between YouTubers Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul. Nearly 70,000 fans paid $US50 a piece to watch, meaning the livestream brought it more than $US3.3 million.
Since Sunday, many viewers have turned to social media to complain about the livestream’s poor quality. People criticised the stream for being laggy, freezing frequently, and having shoddy audio. Additionally, the ceremony itself started four hours late and only lasted for about 10 minutes.
Halogen, the livestreaming platform, did not respond to Business Insider’s comment about whether customers are getting refunded, but did comment on the complaints about the livestream.
“Sometimes onsite technical issues with third-party production providers used by creators can cause fans to experience issues while viewing streams,” Halogen said in a statement. “We will continue to work with the creator community to improve the quality of their productions.”
Neither Google nor Apple has responded to Business Insider about whether customers are getting refunds, but a screenshot from TMZ shows a customer getting refunded $US73.49 for purchasing virtual coins through Halogen needed to view the livestream. Halogen livestreams can also be watched on the web on a computer, so it’s unclear whether people who watched on the web would qualify for refunds too.
Meanwhile, the wedding itself was expectedly eventful. The $US500,000 wedding took place in Vegas, with the ceremony at a mansion graffitied for the occasion and the reception at the restaurant Sugar Factory. Photos of the wedding show Paul, Mongeau and their friends flying in on a private jet, a brawl breaking out seconds after the couple was pronounced husband and wife, and Paul cutting the wedding cake with a Game of Thrones-replica sword.
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