Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 18, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

The Energy Revolution Is In Reverse
Star-Spangled Baggage

The Divide

Truthdig Bazaar
In Search of the Blues

In Search of the Blues

By Marybeth Hamilton

more items

Arts and Culture

Cable Provider Apologizes for Porn Invasion of Super Bowl

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Feb 2, 2009
Superbowl trophy

We now return to our regularly scheduled program: Comcast says it’s sorry for accidentally airing a porn clip during the final minutes of Super Bowl XLIII.

Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction was nothing compared to this: Super Bowl viewers in the Tucson, Ariz., region were treated to an unexpected 30-second pornographic interlude on Sunday, for which the Comcast cable company was obliged to apologize on Monday.

AP via Google News:

Philadelphia-based Comcast issued a brief statement saying the company was “mortified” by the interruption.

“Our initial investigation suggests this was an isolated malicious act,” Jennifer Khoury, Comcast’s vice president for corporate communications, said. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine how this happened.”

The company says only customers in the Tucson area receiving the standard definition feed — not high definition — were affected.

Read more

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, February 9, 2009 at 5:09 am Link to this comment

I’m gonna sit right by my TV until next Feb.  Can’t wait.

Report this
blogdog's avatar

By blogdog, February 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment

Yeah! Put some Spike™ in the old SUPER DULL SUNDAY - STUPID BOWL - annual staple of American pop culture - the most philistine of all time - everyone bought, everyone sold,  everyone go for the mo-fo-kin GOLD!

Report this
adrienrain's avatar

By adrienrain, February 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment

Ah if only Kerry Thornley were living at this hour.

Kerry, an anarchist, founded the FCC - not the federal communications commission - the F^@*ing Communist Conspiracy! When a porn movie was run on late night TV in Las Vegas, Kerry got this idea. The plan was to do lots of direct action of an obscene nature, and if a porn film accidentally got on TV, they’d call up and take credit for it.

Imagine his delight if he could take credit for porning up the Superbowl!

Report this
CJ's avatar

By CJ, February 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

Long as porn wasn’t high-def. All burry then? Still, Tucson residents luckier than the rest of us as they got show of something a whole lot more real than show put up by the NFL.

No, Mr. Snark, Steelers didn’t beat the spread, but they were awarded the win—number six in NFL-constructed “tradition” that has become the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Seahawks the last time.) I spotted at least three holds by the Steelers O-linemen on that final drive. But never mind lest people get to thinking I’m conspiracy theorist. We know already of how all pro sports are always on the up-and-up. NBA in particular.

Next year, I’ll rent or buy porn, especially if Springstein plans on returning to E-Street. I almost fell asleep during that shtick. Where was Tom Petty when you really needed him? Or even old Mick Jagger? Journey was better before the game, I think outside the stadium entertaining tailgaters.

What a hooter, so to speak—all of it, including porn to Tucson, also by accident.

Report this

By Tom Semioli, February 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

A sport hosted in stadiums financed by taxpayers at the expense of schools, health care, social services, and affordable housing -paid for by commercials promoting sex and materialism, and played by juiced atheletes atheletes surrounded by scantily clad cheer leaders is harmed by a pornograhic interlude? I think it’s the other way around!

Report this

By Big B, February 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

As a former “comcaster”, I am not surprised by this incident. Nearly every antenna site(headend) I have ever been to has had one of the many “porn” channels availible hard wired(pun intended) to the test tv at the site. A simple flick of the switch by a digruntled employee is all that is needed to teach the children of concast subscribers a little about the birds and the bees.

The true miracle here is that con-cast has not added the porn charge to everyones bill.

Report this

By Tommy, February 3, 2009 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Welcome to the wonderful world of comcrap. A lot of Floridians, thanks to the party slime, have to suffer with their monopolies.

Report this

By Stephen Smoliar, February 3, 2009 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

Is this anything other than a case of computer technology hacking moved to a new arena?

The history of technology began with telephone technology.  If Comcast wants to “converge” television, Internet services, and telephony, they had better wake up to the “manifest destiny” of the hacker culture!

Report this

By Jack Snark, February 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Steelers couldn’t beat the spread.

Report this

sign up to get updates

Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.