NBC Drops the Ball During Super Bowl
For about twenty seconds during the first half of NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl 52, everyone’s TV screen went blank. NBC quickly addressed fans with a statement saying, “we had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed.” The issue was brief enough that apparently many viewers didn’t notice.
Despite the technical difficulties, NBC is pleased that Super Bowl 52 ranked among the top ninth of all televised Super Bowls and one of the third top ever.
Where Did the Commercials Go?
Further technical glitches included skipping the anticipated Super Bowl commercials, which many live stream fans tune in to watch.
Sports Illustrated commented that overall live-streaming of the event was a success except for the commercial breaks. In place of the commercials were messages saying coverage would commence shortly.
Hulu Live TV experienced some downtime during streaming of the event as well. They later apologized to viewers saying it was “unacceptable.” Hulu further promised to avoid such interruptions in the future.