Phone lines were jammed, tempers flared, and some people went searching for rabbit ears as pictures froze on many Eastern Carolina TV sets during Super Bowl Sunday.

Those watching the big game on Fox affiliate WYDO in Greenville noticed video glitches throughout the first half. Momentary picture freezes grew into longer periods of the same picture appearing frozen on the screen.

The problem apparently was a microwave signal fade with WYDO. WFXI in Morehead City, also a Fox affiliate, was not affected.

The problems persisted into the second quarter, then after a period without sound things appeared to have returned to normal.

Problems arose again at approximately 8:15 p.m. when Tom Petty was wrapping up the half time show. The picture froze for over 15 minutes before going to black, then returned at 8:48 p.m., late in the 3rd quarter.

One bar in Beaufort County got so frustrated with the bad signal that they put on Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl" on one of their big screens.

The Super Bowl snafu is also getting some political yardage. Monday night Beaufort County commissioners authorized a resolution be drafted to let WYDO know of their displeasure with the station's performance on Super Bowl Sunday.

WFXI/WYDO general manager Don Fisher tells WITN News that atmospheric conditions caused the microwave link from their studios to transmitter to fail. Fisher apologized to viewers and said the station's new owners want to fix the problems.


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  • by Jason Location: Deep Run on Feb 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    If Fox is inefficiently equipped, or lacking the propper technology to effectively broadcast major sporting events with calrity and without interruption, then they should do us all a favor and CLOSE SHOP!! I am now attempting to watch the Daytona 500, which should be a basic right of every American, and am experiencing similar problems as to those of the Super Bowl XLII broadcast earlier this month. Fox 8/14 should stick to old episodes of "The Simpsons" and let the big boys carry the Super Bowl, The Daytona 500, and the World Series. By God.

    Editor's Note: What type of problems are you experiencing? What did Fox say when you called?

  • by Joey Location: Tyrrell Co. on Feb 7, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    This is not a one time deal for me. I almost always have audio problems as a DIRECT TV customer.
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2008 at 01:02 PM
    Prior to moving to Greenville, we had DirecTv because our road didn't have cable. With satellite, we had to endure snow every time it rained; not to mention not having service for weeks at a time due to faulty lines and equipment. When we moved, we decided to go sans satellite or cable to save a little money. We FINALLY got cable last week and were looking forward to watching the Superbowl as a family. Same crap, different provider.
  • by Sharon Location: Plymouth on Feb 7, 2008 at 09:14 AM
    Ever since DirecTV took our Fox East and Fox West away from us and made us use the local Fox, we have had trouble. We never have problems when re-runs are on, only when something big is on. The American Idol Final show was a screw up too. We could not see about 75% of the show. The news broadcast is not as nice as NBC, it's kind of like a B-rated version of WITN. The sound and the colors are always off during their news broadcasts. I guess I am just spoiled by WITN!!! Thank God the Olympics will be on NBC!!!!!!!!!
  • by Justin Bourgeois Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 7, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    It's NOT just that one game. This has happened numerous times before when I'm watching television. If suddenlink expects people to pay for "excellent" service, then they need to keep up on their end.
  • by John Location: Williamston on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    Just television and a GAME get a life and get over it typical America and their expected perfect world
  • by Lynn Location: Newport on Feb 6, 2008 at 05:58 AM
    The Fox Channel in Morehead City was affected as well. Called the station and was told there is nothing we can do, it's not our fault. The problems began in Morehead before half time and continued throughout the game. Had to go into the garage and watch the game with rabbit ears. This is ridiculous! Will complain to the FCC.
  • by Scott on Feb 6, 2008 at 03:54 AM
    Got one thing to say - Direct TV!
  • by Robert on Feb 5, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    I strongly encourage everyone to please follow the link to the FCC website and take the time to fill out the complaint form. It only takes a minute to complete, probably less time than most of us have spent venting on this site. There is power in numbers, and given the grandiose nature of this colossal failure, we finally may be able to actually get something done about WYDO. http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/complaints_general.html
  • by roy Location: winterville on Feb 5, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    this has got to be the stupidist mishap of the century, we can put a man on the moon but we can not watch the super bowl in greenville, but those in morehead sure did. they should have to replay the game at a disignated location for all to see like say willaims arena supply all food an drinks , give us our super bowl that we missed, cause of the atmospheric gods ? yeah right , i got ocean front property in my back yard to, bet they wont buy it " cheap"sorry is not good enough we lost valuable customers ,time, planning. if they don't correct the situation i'd hope they would loose valuable customers, the only thing they understand is $, an they lost mine . they stink like the game did. thats all the time i've got to give them
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