Here's the official word from a DIRECTV spokesman on problems this morning with NESN and ESPN2 that kept the Sox game off the air until the seventh inning:
"We experienced some temporary technical difficulties early this morning that resulted in some channels not being available to customers. The majority of our channels were not affected and we have since corrected the problem. In the case of the Red Sox season opener, we were able to bring the NESN channel back up at the top of the seventh inning. ESPN2 came back on later, after the game was over. (Customers who have NESN or ESPN2 in
HD were able to see the entire game.) We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our customers - and particularly Red Sox fans. ESPN2 is planning to carry a repeat of the game at 2 p.m."