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(Slate)   NBC aired 30 seconds of absolute nothingness during the Super Bowl. Was it intentional?   ( slate.com) divider line
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2018-02-04 11:20:31 PM  
no, it was a technical malfunction
 
2018-02-04 11:26:48 PM  
I was blaming Comcast which has been known to perform refreshes of its system, blacking out transmission to customers for seeming eternities.  Now that I know it was NBC, I'll still continue to hate on Comcast.
 
2018-02-04 11:29:56 PM  
So who's getting a refund on their commercial time?
 
2018-02-04 11:47:28 PM  
This is one of the seven signs. Repent now.
 
2018-02-04 11:51:52 PM  
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FNG [TotalFark]
2018-02-04 11:52:56 PM  

cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction


Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.
 
2018-02-04 11:54:03 PM  
Possibly the most expensive dead air in history.
 
2018-02-04 11:58:15 PM  
Still made more sense than Collinsworth
 
2018-02-05 12:02:42 AM  

FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.


You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-02-05 12:11:33 AM  

optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.


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2018-02-05 12:23:07 AM  

FNG: optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.

[img.fark.net image 530x301]


That is hysterical.
 
2018-02-05 12:50:50 AM  
That was just the abyss staring back at Trump's America.
 
2018-02-05 12:51:48 AM  
I thought it was a commercial for "Smell the Glove."

#nonemoreblack
 
2018-02-05 12:54:00 AM  
The guy on the video switcher in Command and Control had been watching all the abysmally awful ads up to that point ... and he just went "deer in the headlights", and couldn't take any more drivel.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-02-05 12:55:12 AM  

Grumpy Cat: FNG: optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.

[img.fark.net image 530x301]

That is hysterical.


Not mine, stole it, but yeah -  it's funny cuz it's true :D
 
2018-02-05 01:09:38 AM  
If I were a crazy billionaire, I'd love to buy all the adspace and play no ads for the entire game.
 
2018-02-05 01:14:12 AM  

stan unusual: That was just the abyss staring back at Trump's America.


then it would be a least an hour long next year two hours . AND TWITTER Corporate Tweets should end
 
2018-02-05 01:35:29 AM  
As I and at least one other person mentioned during the Sper Bowl thread, it wasn't nothingness here in the Detroit area.  We got partial commercial about a marathon runner who was hit by a bus and suffered brain.  The commercial ended abruptly just as the runner started talking about the accident.
 
2018-02-05 01:35:55 AM  

FNG: Grumpy Cat: FNG: optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.

[img.fark.net image 530x301]

That is hysterical.

Not mine, stole it, but yeah -  it's funny cuz it's true :D


I didn't think it was yours. But, I knew you got it from somewhere, and that still makes it funny.
 
2018-02-05 01:39:07 AM  
I like the little fundraiser bit at the end of the article: Our work is more urgent than ever

/ apparently I've been using that word incorrectly for decades
// just assumed the blackout was our local dogsh*t cable co.
 
2018-02-05 01:39:28 AM  
The Primer.
 
2018-02-05 01:42:03 AM  

HighOnCraic: I thought it was a commercial for "Smell the Glove."

#nonemoreblack


You should have seen the cover they wanted to use.
 
2018-02-05 01:53:24 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: HighOnCraic: I thought it was a commercial for "Smell the Glove."

#nonemoreblack

You should have seen the cover they wanted to use.


It wasn't a glove?!
 
2018-02-05 02:11:56 AM  

HighOnCraic: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: HighOnCraic: I thought it was a commercial for "Smell the Glove."

#nonemoreblack

You should have seen the cover they wanted to use.

It wasn't a glove?!


It wasn't a glove, believe me.
 
2018-02-05 02:15:38 AM  

Ishkur: If I were a crazy billionaire, I'd love to buy all the adspace and play no ads for the entire game.


Or you could just use that money to buy a ticket.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-02-05 03:00:53 AM  

Grumpy Cat: FNG: Grumpy Cat: FNG: optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.

[img.fark.net image 530x301]

That is hysterical.

Not mine, stole it, but yeah -  it's funny cuz it's true :D

I didn't think it was yours. But, I knew you got it from somewhere, and that still makes it funny.


I laugh every time I see it, but I didn't want to take credit for it.

Page rendering, how does it work?  It sucks!
 
2018-02-05 03:27:32 AM  

FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.


I was at work monitoring the game we were listening to communication between the Assistant director and the operator up and I'm fairly certain it was an automation failure.  A bunch of us looked at each other and went did that just happen?

Stupid Eagles and there postgame going to 1am
 
2018-02-05 03:46:20 AM  
IT WAS A TIDE AD, YOU IDIOTS..!

/right?
 
2018-02-05 04:51:11 AM  

punkwrestler: Ishkur: If I were a crazy billionaire, I'd love to buy all the adspace and play no ads for the entire game.

Or you could just use that money to buy a ticket.


Oh I wouldn't do it to watch the game.
 
2018-02-05 05:02:27 AM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: HighOnCraic: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: HighOnCraic: I thought it was a commercial for "Smell the Glove."

#nonemoreblack

You should have seen the cover they wanted to use.

It wasn't a glove?!

It wasn't a glove, believe me.


Oh, and username checks out, obviously.
 
2018-02-05 05:26:47 AM  

Ishkur: punkwrestler: Ishkur: If I were a crazy billionaire, I'd love to buy all the adspace and play no ads for the entire game.

Or you could just use that money to buy a ticket.

Oh I wouldn't do it to watch the game.


That's funny neither do most of the people who can afford to goto the SuperBowl.
 
2018-02-05 07:32:44 AM  

cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction


We seem to be experimenting some techmological difference
 
2018-02-05 07:46:47 AM  
Soprano commercial.
 
2018-02-05 07:55:10 AM  
Didn't they once full-on lose electrical power at a Super Bowl once?  Like, just in the past few years? Or was that a different sporting event I'm thinking of?
 
2018-02-05 08:13:46 AM  

xanadian: Didn't they once full-on lose electrical power at a Super Bowl once?  Like, just in the past few years? Or was that a different sporting event I'm thinking of?


Yes. like 5 years ago. The Ravens won that one.
 
2018-02-05 08:35:36 AM  

xanadian: Didn't they once full-on lose electrical power at a Super Bowl once?  Like, just in the past few years? Or was that a different sporting event I'm thinking of?


I remember during the Steelers 49ers game, power went out in Candlelight Park.

If only there was some other way of producing light without electricity.
 
2018-02-05 08:37:30 AM  

dr_iacovone: xanadian: Didn't they once full-on lose electrical power at a Super Bowl once?  Like, just in the past few years? Or was that a different sporting event I'm thinking of?

I remember during the Steelers 49ers game, power went out in Candlelight Park.

If only there was some other way of producing light without electricity.


er...Candle Stick park.
 
2018-02-05 08:38:54 AM  
it was an artistic commentary on the inherent meaninglessness of sports, commercialism and life itself
 
2018-02-05 08:52:52 AM  
I thought one of the kids was farking around with the remote and turned the tv off, so I yelled at them all and grabbed the remote to turn it back on, but actually turned it off. Sat there waiting for the welcome screen that didn't come, swearing, kids crying, figuring out that either the remote was now dead or one of the damned toys was blocking the sensor, threw my beer at the tv, kicked the dog, and stormed out into the night, only to die of exposure in a snowdrift just two doors down.
 
2018-02-05 09:07:24 AM  

drdole: IT WAS A TIDE AD, YOU IDIOTS..!

/right?


While probably the most amusing ads of the Owl, I couldn't help wondering how much money they spent.  I know that pick-up trucks and light beer are high margin products, but is laundry detergent business really that lucrative?  I've always associated them with the aptly named soap operas and other el cheapo daytime TV crap.
 
2018-02-05 09:13:51 AM  

Persnickety: drdole: IT WAS A TIDE AD, YOU IDIOTS..!

/right?

While probably the most amusing ads of the Owl, I couldn't help wondering how much money they spent.  I know that pick-up trucks and light beer are high margin products, but is laundry detergent business really that lucrative?  I've always associated them with the aptly named soap operas and other el cheapo daytime TV crap.


They had money to burn from the increased Tide Pod consumption.
 
2018-02-05 10:12:08 AM  
Covfefe 2: NBC Boogaloo.
 
2018-02-05 11:19:13 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: it was an artistic commentary on the inherent meaninglessness of sports, commercialism and life itself


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2018-02-05 11:26:47 AM  

Persnickety: drdole: IT WAS A TIDE AD, YOU IDIOTS..!

/right?

While probably the most amusing ads of the Owl, I couldn't help wondering how much money they spent.  I know that pick-up trucks and light beer are high margin products, but is laundry detergent business really that lucrative?  I've always associated them with the aptly named soap operas and other el cheapo daytime TV crap.


Google "Tide theft"
 
2018-02-05 12:25:23 PM  
More like six hours of nothingness....

/ amirite?
// amirite?
/// yeahi'mrite
 
2018-02-05 02:33:09 PM  

Prey4reign: I was blaming Comcast which has been known to perform refreshes of its system, blacking out transmission to customers for seeming eternities.  Now that I know it was NBC, I'll still continue to hate on Comcast.


I must be Comcast's only pleased customer. "Basic" DVR (no subscription channels), "basic" internet/wifi hotspots, VOIP, and security set-up.
Everything works. Very few hiccups in tv signal (as in, a few per day or so, not per program), next to zero internet outages, voice does what it says on the tin, and the security setup is effective. In the two years I've had this service I've contacted support maybe six times, and partly due to the fact that I'm technical enough to troubleshoot on my own and report this to the tech-support and get the problem fixed in less time than I spent dialling the number.
 
2018-02-05 02:38:18 PM  

FNG: optikeye: FNG: cretinbob: no, it was a technical malfunction

Definitely.  A 4 million dollar technical malfunction, or whatever the going rate for Superb Owl commercials is these days.

Someone got fired already.

You know there was some engineer saying "you know this could fark up big time...we better get the upgraded bambleweeny transformer for the remote transmitter"
and some middle manager was saying "that's out of the question,  we gotta come in on budget here"
...and ultimately it will be the poor slob that with no 'power' to change things gets the ax.

[img.fark.net image 530x301]


Yes, whatever happened to using size attributes in image tags? Did that get dropped in HTML5?
 
2018-02-05 03:24:37 PM  

Erma Gerdd: Covfefe 2: NBC Boogaloo.


The president and a small group of people know exactly what the ad meant.
 
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