CBS viewers were trying to keep up with what was happening in the third quarter of the Buffalo Bills – Houston Texans game on Sunday when the screen turned blue for some or turned into very blurry images for others.
Houston / Buffalo TV problems. The second time this year, the Houston game had television broadcast issues (Jax week 1). James Brown and Bill Cowher call a touchdown instead of @bethmowins! @awfulannoncing @iancass @AndrewBucholtz @bkoo pic.twitter.com/VTIpwMvb6q
– Mr. Bowtie’s high school sports machine in Texas (@ MrBowtie1982) October 3, 2021
It turns out that there was a power outage at Highmark Stadium, which prompted the CBS team to scramble and find a way to quickly get back on the air.
CBS lost audio stream during a power outage in Buffalo. That’s why the studio team called this game. Or trying. https://t.co/a3rXkx6tFc
– Brent Ax (@BrentAxeMedia) October 3, 2021
By the time the video and audio streams were cut, Buffalo was leading Houston 19-0. CBS advertised the game and when the stream returned, the graphics were gone. Additionally, viewers suddenly heard studio hosts James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Phil Simms, and Nate Burleson call out the action instead of Beth Mowins and Tiki Barber.
Due to (power outage?) CBS has no charts and the studio team calls pbp for Texans-Bills: pic.twitter.com/vm6Q8BBzwq
– Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 3, 2021
It looks like the flow has been restored and Mowins and Barber are calling the party again.
The good news for a lot of viewers is that it was fortunate not to be able to watch the Houston Texans play football. As of this writing, the Bills have extended their lead to 33-0 and the Texans have yet to rack up 100 yards of offense that day.
[Democrat & Chronicle]