Kings tie series to force game 7 -- but TV viewers almost miss it*

kings-ducks-graphic.jpg
Graphic shown on NBCSN during outage at end of game tonight.

With about 30 seconds to go in tonight's tense playoff game between the Kings and Ducks, and the tension at its peak, TV screens froze in a sea of green. After several seconds, a holding graphic went up while scratchy audio picked up the action. (The graphic showed each team's playoff seeding, Ducks 1 Kings 3, which some viewers took to be the score, which would have meant the Kings scored during the TV outage. They didn't.) The NBCSN TV signal was restored before the final seconds of flurry and fury, but there was no doubt a lot of cursing in Kings land. And no explanation. Oddly, similar thing happened near the end of the Clippers-Thunder game on May 11. The screen froze. That was on ABC, a different network. So while I haven't heard a cause for either screw-up, the common thread for viewers in LA seems to be: Time Warner Cable (grr). Did either outage happen to you other than on Time Warner?

* Update: Looks like this one's NBC, not Time Warner. The outage hit viewers on several delivery systems, not just cable.

The Kings, by the way, won 2-1. Game 7 is Friday in Anaheim. The winner of that game will move to the Western Conference finals and play the Chicago Blackhawks starting on Sunday.


More by Kevin Roderick:
Free tix: Francine Prose and Meghan Daum
Pasadena health director resigns, takes job in Georgia
Kings tie series to force game 7 -- but TV viewers almost miss it*
Baquet abruptly named new editor of NYT, Abramson out *
Rihanna sends $25,000 to LA police fund
Recent Sports stories on LA Observed:
Kings tie series to force game 7 -- but TV viewers almost miss it*
Instant classic from Steve Greenberg: 'Yom Clippur'
Clippers blow 7-point lead in last 49 seconds to lose
Donald Sterling. Shelly Sterling. OMG
Sterling speaks and blames 'the girl,' asks to be forgiven

New at LA Observed
Follow us on Twitter

On the Media Page
Go to Media
On the Politics Page
Go to Politics

LA Biz Observed
Arts and culture

Sign up for daily email from LA Observed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner


Advertisement
LA Observed on Twitter and Facebook