Power problems hit Fox in Kansas City during the first game of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. Google Fiber also has suffered an outage in Kansas City at a particularly bad time, at the outset of the game.
Fox reported that its production truck lost power during the fourth inning of the game and apologized for the technical problems via Twitter. Google Fiber, meanwhile, tweeted: "We're so sorry about the outage in KC. We know it couldn't have happened at a worse time, and we're working as quickly as we can to fix it." Fans in the region, who get TV and Internet via Google Fiber, tweeted a lot more than that.
For a while during the outage, Fox switched to MLB Network's international feed after switching to studio announcers. The regular Fox broadcast was restored after a few minutes.
Fox Sports released this statement of explanation: "“Before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight’s World Series Game 1, a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound to lose power. The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball’s international feed, powered by a different generator on site. The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both team’s clubhouses. We apologize for the interruption in tonight’s coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident.”
Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.
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