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Euro 2008 semi-final thriller hit by TV blackouts

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posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 12:40 PM
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Euro 2008 semi-final thriller hit by TV blackouts


www.guardian.co.uk

"All countries across the world receiving the feed lost pictures and sound. We had people ringing up to ask what had happened, but it was more reaction than complaints."

The interruptions are thought to have been caused by severe electrical storms around Uefa's International Broadcast Centre in Vienna, even though the match was being played in Basle, Switzerland.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 12:40 PM
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UFO's involved........


any comments?

www.guardian.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 12:53 PM
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The live signal went missing for over 25 minutes in a total. Short into the second half, the picture disappeared for six minutes with no changes on scoreboard, again for seven minutes when Germany scored the second goal to go 2-1 ahead, and then for the last 10 to 15 minutes before it sealed a dramatic 3-2 in favor of Joachim Loew's side.

It affected all of the world's Euro coverage relying on the authorized international signal, including the Briton-based BBC and the ESPN in the United States.

Also disappeared the pictures on all the screens in Vienna's Sub Media Center at Ernst Happel Stadion, which, unlike the commercial broadcasters worldwide, even did not give the stadium audio in the meantime but managed to keep score updated.

Tournament organizers have not yet made official statement to explain the blackout accident, and officials in Vienna SMC emphasized the thunderstorm here during the match.

The storm, unleashing dangerous lightning, heavy rains and highwindes, hardly blew off the roof of the tabernacular media workroom.




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Could also be HAARP or a footballhating terrorist.. he he

or just a normal storm?? but they dont usually spoil my tvnights


[edit on 26-6-2008 by skywatch]



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 01:30 PM
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This thread might seem odd or silly, but the OP is on to something.

I watched the game last night and found it REALLY odd it happened. Yes, I've lost my television pictures before in a thunderstorm, but I have never noticed a network losing pictures on an international scale.

In the past, I have watched numerous sporting events - which were played during a thunderstorm - and never lost the feed like last night (only if the TV station is at a lower league ground where the facilities are poor).

I find it all very odd.



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 01:38 PM
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I agree.

This is like some thing managed to jam the digital signal, and that takes alot of power / energy to complete.

They are saying it was a thunder storm ? huh ? ever watched a TV prog in a thunder storm ? yes of course, and did you ever lose power or picture ? nope, me neither.

Digital jammimg perhaps ?

#The conspiracy theorist in me says this could be a case of electronic countermeasures against digital detonation#.

uhh huh.



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 01:45 PM
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But how can this be related to UFOs? Or even the idea...because it was a "thrilling" game of soccer, so it could be UFOs that interrupted the signal? Come on people, now we're just looking for anything to relate to UFOs.



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 01:45 PM
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I've seen them completely lose the signal for a college football game a time or two due to a storm, but never for 25 minutes. The length of the outage seems more odd than the fact they lost the signal. (Heh, maybe someone in the truck got startled by a thunderclap and spilled their drink on the electronic relay board, shorting it out?)



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 01:47 PM
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Either the Russians were playing games, which I doubt , or something was over the skies in central Europe to cause a massive blackout of the media.

What it was - I have no idea - but a thunderstorm was not to blame.

It will be interesting to see if it happens again tonight, flick it over to ITV UK members


[edit on 26-6-2008 by infinite]



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 02:14 PM
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Do not want to jinx the football, but there is a thunderstorm over the stadium tonight and there seems to be no technical problems. The camera even showed the massive strings of lighting



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 02:41 PM
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If this theory is going to be anything other than ridiculous, then you would have to provide a motive for the UFOs to block the signal. Also, you would have to explain why they only managed to block out one goal out of five. And, why they didn't block out the final 5 minutes during which most of the action took place.

Or, maybe they were the benevolent aliens and they were saving us from only the most boring parts of the match?

[edit on 26-6-2008 by TheComte]



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 02:42 PM
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Well, if it was the Russians, and Spain win today, then one things for sure.

Ain't no-one going to be watching the final



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 02:45 PM
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Apparently some German channels had picture, at least according to the news here but since I don`t have German channels I do not know. I do know that it pissed me off though cause something like that should not happen during the semi`s.



Off topic: Spain Vs Russia 0-0 in halftime



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 02:59 PM
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That's us not watching the final on Sunday, if it is the Russians..

Spain are winning



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 03:14 PM
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After you get the U2U avatar violation message from "The Borg" feel free to steal my "censored" idea, my friend.

Back on topic now:
Just to make sure, we're talking about soccer here, right? Does each network have their own broadcast rights and crew at the stadiums, or are they all going off the same feed?



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 03:57 PM
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They are water guns
and yea it`s football we are talking about and i`m not sure about the broadcast rights. I think the game went off air 2 or 3 times for me last night and it was quite annoying.



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 04:14 PM
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i'm not saying these theorys are true by any sense of the word .

but i can think of 1 reason why an advanced civilization would sensor such an event , it is legalised , barbaric competiion between nations , are they trying to tell us something is wrong with this?

just a thought , as i am 99% sure it must have been a technical problem , and if it effected the pic on a global scale it was probably a problem at the source and not the recievers.



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 04:16 PM
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they all come of the same feed hence my post before this , they buy the rights to show the feed , but it is country/organisation responsible for the directing and distrubution of the video



posted on Jun, 26 2008 @ 06:07 PM
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Originally posted by Vordul Megallah
They are water guns


Mine was a ray gun... a weapon even less threatening than water guns considering nobody has even produced one that does anything but blink and make electronic farting sounds. I was just giving you a heads up in case you opt to make a small political statement like I did when the time comes.

Quantum Squirrel:
Soccer is barbaric? Wow. I'd love to hear your take on real football or, better even, bloodsports. Anyway, if it was all from the same feed, then I agree with you about it being a technical issue. If it had been a case of several different trucks, all with independent feeds, cameras, and such then I'd be more inclined to think something was up.



posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 12:58 PM
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actually im quite happy to see so many replys to this subject.

i was a little in doubt about posting it at all but 25min blackout of a semi final because of a electrical storm is enough for a post

makes me think of the big musical hit by sash named "electrical storm"

i admit that the ufo connection is a bit far fetched.


if the ufo wants to interrupt a football match they would do it to tell us that there was more important things to do for the beerdrinking priamates than to watch soccer...

but then again we primates don't really understand this... we love to party

i expect it was a grand mothership moving into possion above the austrian capital...

-or maybe a test of a very powerfull magnetic disruptive weapon...?



posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 01:05 PM
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Yeah the UFO thing is way far fetched, I don't know where that came from.

But it is odd what happened I give you that.



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