Turner Transmission Woes Keep MLB Fans in Dark
MLB fans missed the first 20 minutes of last night’s Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on TBS when two circuit breakers in Turner’s Atlanta transmission facility tripped and caused the Turner routing switcher and backup to shut down.
“Two circuit breakers in our Atlanta transmission operations tripped causing the master router and its backup” which are necessary to transmit any incoming feed outbound” to shut down,” said TBS in a statement. “This impacted our live feed from being distributed to any of the other networks in the Turner portfolio and caused the delay in our coverage. Both our primary and backup routers were impacted by this problem. We apologize to baseball fans for this mishap that caused a delay in our coverage.”
The game marks the second time this year that a major sporting event has fallen victim to the failure of both primary and backup systems. Last June, EuroCup coverage of a game between Germany and Turkey experienced a power failure that required transmission facilities to reset. The Associated Press reports on the people who suffered most: bar owners in Boston filled with angry fans.