Being one of the many Comcast customers in Michigan, I wasn’t able to see today’s game as it happened. For seemingly no reason, Comcast decided to air infomercials on the channels that had previously been (and still are) advertised as belonging to FSN+, which the game was broadcast on.
I was going to watch the replay on standard FSN Detroit, but I’ve already had one extra-late game this week so I’ll let the DVR get this one and catch the highlights in the morning.
I’m interested in seeing if a reason for this “outage” is ever made available. I didn’t call Comcast because I know the CSRs have no idea what’s going on and I didn’t want to have to fight the urge to yell at someone and take it out on them.
What I expect to see is Comcast blaming FSN and FSN blaming Comcast. The way I see it, there are three things that could be what went wrong.
#1 – FSN+ was actually supposed to be another station.
#2 – FSN somehow didn’t transmit the feed to Comcast properly or Comcast couldn’t get the feed in some way.
#3 – Comcast didn’t prepare properly in general.
I’m leaning towards the last one. If it was the first one, the game would have shown up somewhere on my digital guide and if it was the second one it would have been dead air rather than an infomercial. We’ll see if we ever find out.
Even with the lost game, I’m having trouble calling today a bad day. Bruce MacLeod is running with my suggestion of “Tsar of Takeaways” as a nickname for Pavel Datsyuk and since I’m usually not all that quoteable, that’s cool for me. And that missed game was a win, which is also a good thing.