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Lewismpsmith49 posts since 12 May 2018
Meridian (South East) South East Today
Not to mention a breakdown from ITV's westcountry region in 1996, when (kinda like Wizardora) somebody presses the wrong button and Coronation Street rewinds on itself live on air!



And speaking of Channel 4 breakdowns, here is one from 1997. (from the same user funny enough)

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Blake Connolly1,722 posts since 21 Apr 2001
London London
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtR8WFAu4wM
Now, this isn't really a breakdown but since I have never seen an apology for a breakdown on BBC knowledge I thought I would put it here anyway.


Very unusual to see such a specific reason given.

I suspect the "loss of service" might have been the switch across from CBeebies, there were a few times Sky had problems with this in the early days.
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Inspector Sands13,508 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The sit-up channels were famous for their regular breakdowns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W7R2Sm0oUE


If I remember rightly this particular one was caused by a power outage, if so something must have still been running to transmit those coloured blocks?

It doesn't necessarily mean that all power went off and stayed off, when power is restored systems need to be brought back up and things made to work. And of course some kit could be on a UPS or other back up so they can keep something on air even if the studio is off


A shopping channel like theirs will always have more outages - it's all live, and there's more than just the TV studio needed. If the back end - the phone lines and website and the graphics system that updates the details of the sale aren't working then they can't go on air.
Markymark6,628 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today

It doesn't necessarily mean that all power went off and stayed off, when power is restored systems need to be brought back up and things made to work. And of course some kit could be on a UPS or other back up so they can keep something on air even if the studio is off


Here's a prime example, the fun kicks off from about 06:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc-InvLinc4
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JasonB5,017 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
The sit-up channels were famous for their regular breakdowns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W7R2Sm0oUE


If I remember rightly this particular one was caused by a power outage, if so something must have still been running to transmit those coloured blocks?

It doesn't necessarily mean that all power went off and stayed off, when power is restored systems need to be brought back up and things made to work. And of course some kit could be on a UPS or other back up so they can keep something on air even if the studio is off


A shopping channel like theirs will always have more outages - it's all live, and there's more than just the TV studio needed. If the back end - the phone lines and website and the graphics system that updates the details of the sale aren't working then they can't go on air.


I've got another one from bid tv on an old PVR where they manage to get back on air after a power cut. Peter Simon is standing there doing one of his Larry Grayson style monologues while all the studio lights and monitors are going off and on complete with violin music in the background!
"623058 The whole thing has been a dump squirt."
thegeek4,818 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
The sit-up channels were famous for their regular breakdowns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W7R2Sm0oUE


If I remember rightly this particular one was caused by a power outage, if so something must have still been running to transmit those coloured blocks?

If you mean the green and magenta pattern at the start of the video, that's probably a framesync somewhere (maybe at the uplink provider) getting a bit upset at the loss of incoming video.
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Si-Co2,082 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Revisiting the discussion about Channel 4, and the occasion that viewers in the North East heard the ads in sound only, here’s an example of something similar happening a few years later (and probably in another region). This time the ads start to play in vision only with the C4 break music audible. After a few seconds, the region opts back to the C4 holding caption then opts out “properly” in sound and vision. It’s at the very start of this clip and it’s not obvious at first glance what is happening. Where does this leave us in the speculation of how and why the regions could opt out in sound or vision only?

Cut out the coupon in your TV Times!