Comcast investigating Super Bowl Porn feed
By Alexis Huicochea
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 02.02.2009
Comcast continued this morning to investigate how pornography interrupted its feed during the final quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday.
It is unclear how many viewers were affected by the clip, which lasted about 30 seconds, and featured full male nudity, said Kelle Maslyn, a Comcast spokeswoman.
“We are mortified by last evening’s Super Bowl interruption, and deeply apologize to our customers for the inappropriate programming,” Maslyn said in a statement. “We are aggressively investigating the situation including the possibility of foul play.”
Comcast is working on a plan to compensate customers, but nothing has been set in stone, Maslyn said.
The pornography clip was from Club Jenna, an adult cable television channel.
The Star newsroom was flooded with calls from irate viewers who said that the porn cut into the game with less than three minutes left to play, just after Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald scored on a touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to put the team in the lead.
Callers said that the clip showed a woman unzipping a man’s pants, followed by a graphic act between the two.
The Super Bowl was being shown locally on KVOA. The station sends its signal to Comcast through a fiber line, said KVOA News Director Kathleen Choal.
KVOA’s signal didn’t have porn on it when the station sent it over to Comcast, station president Gary Nielsen said.
The company will continue to investigate what happened to its signal, Nielsen said.
The porn broke into the standard-definition feed reaching analog TV sets. Comcast’s high-definition feed was not affected.
Comcast is the second-largest cable-television provider in Southern Arizona and serves more than 80,000 customers in unincorporated Pima County, Marana and Oro Valley.
Comcast has set up an e-mail account to take feedback from concerned customers. The address is [email protected]
Customers can also call 744-1900, Maslyn said.