Super Bowl Broadcast Momentarily Shows Porn
This unexpected interruption was limited to the HD broadcast from the local NBC affiliate, KVOA-TV--and to only those who were watching via their Comcast cable connections. The over-the-air broadcast was not impacted; and neither was the SD version of the broadcast. Customers of other cable or satellite providers "received the clean feed." However, enough viewers saw the pornographic material that KVOA-TV reports that "it sparked a flurry of angry phone calls and e-mails to our newsroom."
"We are mortified by last evening's Super Bowl interruption and we apologize to our customers. Our initial investigation suggests this was an isolated malicious act. We are conducting a thorough investigation to determine how this happened."
If this was a malicious act, the investigation will look to find if the perpetrator was a Cox or Comcast employee. Cox has stated that it will fully support the Comcast investigation.
For those curious to know what this actual broadcast interruption looked like, it can be seen here (WARNING: NSFW!). Apparently, someone who captured the broadcast interruption on his DVR, videotaped the DVR playback with his camcorder, digitized it to his computer, and then uploaded it online to a newly-registered a domain, titled "comcastsuperbowlporn.com." The owner of the domain states: "The bandwidth has gone through the roof, I can't believe how many hits the site has received. In order to subsidize the hosting costs I may sell some ad space." He is also trying to auction off the domain name.