Saturday, March 14, 2009

Game's TV signal was out 3 minutes

ATLANTA - A problem with a High Definition close captioning decoder caused a malfunction and interruption in Raycom Sports' signal during the first half of North Carolina's 73-70 ACC semifinal loss to Florida State on Saturday.

Raycom president and CEO Ken Haines said video was lost from the feed for 3 minutes, 17 seconds. He said the problem was quickly repaired.

"It pales into comparison to last year, when we had a tornado (at the SEC Tournament in Atlanta)," Haines said.

The Dome had its own technical problem when a bank of lights went out around 3 p.m., during the second half of the semifinal. According to ACC spokesman Brian Morrison, coaches Roy Williams of North Carolina and Leonard Hamilton of Florida State said they wanted to play on despite the problem.

It wasn't long before the lights were back on, and there were plenty of other lights in the dome to prevent disruption in play.

– Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

The problem is the network (Raycom) is such a bully they do not allow us the option of the ESPN feed. If there was a problem and the network was aware why not tell the audience. RAYCOM sucks! I remember the goof old days of sailing with The Pilot!

Michael said...

I believe that there were issues beyond three minutes. My reception switched from HD to SD every possession for much of the game. I wouldn't know if a shot went in until after a long pause and I was able to see the score. Raycom should figure out HD technology or we should be able to watch it on ESPN.

Anonymous said...

Pales in compairson on in the eye of the beholder. I agree with the first poster. It would have been nice to have been told about the problem. Raycom is VERY far behind on the HD issue.

Anonymous said...

comments should say "only in the eye of the beholder"

Michael said...

It's a crock that the rest of the country gets to watch ESPN's superior announcing teams (Gminski excluded) and production values in sparkling, REAL HD while we're forced to watch JP/Raycom's 1980's medium-def signal and the ineptitude of Mike Hodgwood. Ugh.