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Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the pay-per-view-malfunction dept.

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DrinkDr.Pepper writes "Just after the last touchdown by the Cardinals, with 3 minutes to go in the game, approximately 30 seconds of pornographic material was shown, seen by an unknown number of Comcast customers in Tucson, Arizona who were watching the game in standard definition. Comcast has apologized (they used the word 'mortified') and is issuing a $10 credit to any customer who claims to have been impacted. Various news accounts suggest that the incident was a malicious act, but no one knows how it was done or by whom."

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First penis (4, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715721)

Tyler Durden strikes again!

Re:First penis (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715775)

Tyler Durden? Or Ron Jeremy?

Re:First penis (3, Funny)

martinw89 (1229324) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715827)

While Ron Jeremy incidentally does have a penis, I believe Tyler Durden is the one inserting it everywhere.

Re:First penis (2, Insightful)

Applekid (993327) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715923)

While Ron Jeremy incidentally does have a penis, I believe Tyler Durden is the one inserting it everywhere.

Who here that has a penis ISN'T interested in inserting it everywhere?

Re:First penis (5, Funny)

BitterAndDrunk (799378) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715965)

Anybody who's married. We're not inserting it anywhere. (without permission)

Re:First penis (5, Funny)

Ares (5306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716229)

there are married people here?

:: ducks as his wife reads over his shoulder ::

Re:First penis (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716309)

Don't lie. You're still interested.

Re:First penis (3, Insightful)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715995)

Well, not everywhere everywhere.

Re:First penis (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716063)

You must be new here. Nobody here gets laid. Leave while you can!

Re:First penis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716163)

Well, I would except for me not having one anymore after my wife caught me doing just that.

Re:First penis (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716227)

Do not ask questions about Project Mayhem!

Re:First penis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716115)

Various news accounts suggest that the incident was a malicious act, but no one knows how it was done or by whom.

"Well shit on me! Another hacker!"

Re:First penis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716199)

it was clearly Ebaumsworld.com

Re:First penis (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716371)

Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

-Tyler Durden

Thanks comcast (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715725)

First time I'll have been paid to watch porn.

Re:Thanks comcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715829)

It was probably some slashdotter trying to goatse a bunch of innocent bystanders.

I would want to be paid if that were force upon me as well!

Re:Thanks comcast (-1, Redundant)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715957)

What? You'd watch it free of charge?

Re:Thanks comcast (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716411)

I think you should reread the parent's comment and then realize how much of an idiot you've been.

Re:Thanks comcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715883)

I didn't pay, but i still want to see the footage. youtube? anybody?

Re:Thanks comcast (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716131)

Here is it, you pervert! NSFW! (obviously) http://comcastsuperbowlporn.com/cache/page2.html#video [comcastsuperbowlporn.com]

Re:Thanks comcast (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716389)

Even more amusing is that somebody registered ComcastSuperBowlPorn.com just to display it.

Re:Thanks comcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716217)

Keep away from my tube!

Janet Jackson Started a trend (3, Insightful)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715745)

You know your feature is boring when people watch it to see the funny ads, and in order to keep ratings up they flash tits at every turn.. Janet Jackson Started a trend..

What's so big about this football anyway?

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (3, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715847)

I would have agreed a few years ago, but the last two Superbowl matchups have been excellent, exciting games. For that matter I thought Springsteen did a great job with the halftime show, no gimmicks or voiceovers.

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716331)

i was hoping for a voiceover, but alas we had to listen to springsteen the whole time...

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (2, Funny)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716405)

Springsteen? Are you on crack? Prince laid it down in 2007. That was talent.

Put those chicken fingers down! *crotch plant to the camera* LOL!

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715895)

It was actually penis.

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (2, Informative)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715939)

The game was as exciting as it gets. Even my sisters-in-law who don't like football were on the edge of their seats. It was a good time.

Re:Janet Jackson Started a trend (1)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716355)

What's so big about this football anyway?

Don't worry about it...just go back to playing your sorcerer of light.

Haha, oh wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715747)

fapfapfap

FTA (1)

martinw89 (1229324) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715771)

FTA:

In light of the incident, Comcast says it will issue a $10 credit to any customers who say they viewed the 30-second clip, which featured full male nudity. (SEE BOX)

I was unfortunately disappointed to find that the BOX did not have 30 seconds of free porn, but instead an offer for $10.

Re:FTA (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715865)

I'll show you 30 seconds of full male nudity for $10.

Re:FTA (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715871)

FTA:

In light of the incident, Comcast says it will issue a $10 credit to any customers who say they viewed the 30-second clip, which featured full male nudity. (SEE BOX)

I was unfortunately disappointed to find that the BOX did not have 30 seconds of free porn, but instead an offer for $10.

If that's your thing...

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715791)

If it had been any other night and any other game, I imagine most people would have been willing to pay $10 to see it!

I think (5, Insightful)

duckInferno (1275100) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715797)

the day that a news source posts a full uncensored clip of the incident is the day society has truly moved on from the arbitrary taboos of old.

Of course it'd also be the day that such an incident would merit only a footnote in an "odd stuff" newspaper section.

Re:I think (1)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716375)

With the blandness of the superbowl ads this year, porn would be a step up. Even the half time show and pregame shows are all simple bands.. Really sad they took the extreme measure of making it so bland.

Is there a difference? (4, Interesting)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715815)

With the Superbowl commercials being what they were this year, I'm surprised anyone noticed the difference. GoDaddy in particular is getting out of hand, though I was not impressed by the Doritos or NBC commercials either. (At least the Conan commercial was just amusing innuendo.) All around, it was a rather embarrassing year to be watching the Superbowl with the family.

Re:Is there a difference? (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715879)

Agreed. It got pretty Raunchy. Hell, I was watching it with my College Buddies and _we_ were surprised they got away with it.

Re:Is there a difference? (4, Insightful)

jaavaaguru (261551) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716321)

Really? I sat in a bar and watched Superbowl. I didn't see anything that I'd consider particularly raunchy or inappropriate, and I didn't hear any complaints from the people around me either. Are Americans really this prudish when it comes to TV advertising?

Re:Is there a difference? (-1, Flamebait)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715929)

Christ, grow up, and pull the stick out of your ass already.

Re:Is there a difference? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716027)

Christ, grow up, and pull the stick out of your ass already.

He can't. He's nailed to it.

Re:Is there a difference? (5, Insightful)

BobReturns (1424847) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716235)

To be fair to the grandparent, he did say "with the family.".
I wouldn't mind virtually any amount of explicit content in ads if I was on my own, but I'd be unhappy if there were kids watching it with me.

Re:Is there a difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716121)

After watching on YouTube the PETA ads which were "too sexy" I was a bit surprised to see the GoDaddy commercial and honestly shocked that Doritos was acceptable.

Re:Is there a difference? (5, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716233)

All around, it was a rather embarrassing year to be watching the Superbowl with the family.

You mean, more embarrassing than all the other years you watched a bunch of big sweaty guys in tights slapping each other on the ass for hours?

Re:Is there a difference? (5, Informative)

twistah (194990) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716273)

Maybe you should tell your family this isn't the Victorian era anymore.

Re:Is there a difference? (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716305)

The coke commercial w/ insects was pretty slick. The rest were fairly lame.

awesome (1)

hypergreatthing (254983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715833)

so let me get this straight. Comcast customers got to see porn and they're getting paid?

Where do i sign up for that service?

The Spice? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715835)

Will Spice end-ter-tainment be deeply im-packed-ted? Probably not. The'll probably get a slap on the...

Wait. This should cost more than the Janet Jackson cleavage/busted bust incident...

Re:The Spice? Cue the lewd lines... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715927)

I bet it was .... Cum-Castic.... having this cumpound interest in their broadcasting... I bet their lawyer will say of any impending case... "This VERY SUCK"....

Comcast missed the point. (5, Funny)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715839)

Comcast needn't have apologised for broadcasting porn. What did warrant an apology was showing porn containing nothing more than an ugly guy flapping his cock all over the place. You, sirs, have crossed the line!

it could be viewed as a package deal (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715845)

theme: the many different weird and wonderful effects of testosterone

What, no link ? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715859)

Ok, watch the clip in question here [youtube.com] ...

Re:What, no link ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716379)

Actually that clip is edited. To see the full waggling display see it Here [fleshbot.com] NSFW obviously.

PPV (4, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715867)

Knowing Comcast, I'm surprised they didn't bill everyone for the whole Pay-Per-View movie!

30 seconds is not long enough... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715881)

to get my lotion from the cabinet. I am mortified.

I was impacted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715887)

As a non-AZ resident I didn't my fair share of free pr0n. Do I get $10 ?

How apropos - the slashdot captcha is pucker. I read that she did!

And Somewhere... (4, Funny)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715901)

And somewhere in that mess, someone was enjoying some porno only to have their fantasy broken by the defensive line of the Cardinals.

Re:And Somewhere... (5, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716087)

And somewhere in that mess, someone was enjoying some porno only to have their fantasy broken by the defensive line of the Cardinals.

Some people are in to that.

Free Viagra and Enzyte (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715905)

Instead of $10 they should give away Enzyte and Viagra.

Why (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715909)

Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn

Why are they apologizing? And where can we see the re-runs?

Re:Why (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716001)

Spice Network

Re:Why (2, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716299)

Why are they apologizing?

So the masses of idiots who write letters to the FCC urging the immediate nationalization of all TV will be pacified. The FCC was flooded with complaints at the Janet Jackson bit, and I bet they weren't happy with the delay they were forced to put in for all live broadcasts. You can guess at least a few people are so miffed at seeing human body parts that they want more government control.

It would be nice if they didn't apologize so deeply, grew a spine, and issued a statement that reflected the ridiculousness of this situation, something like

"We're sorry, that was of course unintentional, and when we find whoever did it they're at least going to lose their job here. Of course, it's not like this is anything too bad, it's anatomy, grow up already and get over it."

30 seconds is not long enough... (0, Redundant)

darrenf15e (903167) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715931)

to get my lotion from the cabinet. I am mortified.

Link? (5, Funny)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715937)

Can we get a link to the Porn?

I googled "Porn" and nothing came up.

Re:Link? (5, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716143)

I googled "Porn" and nothing came up.

But did it suggest pr0n as an alternate search term?

Re:Link? (1)

Terrasque (796014) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716153)

Then I think your google is broken. You should see your nearest google repair man.

As for the clip, some other posted this link earlier : http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=CKfo5NsliVY [youtube.com]

It was barely pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715947)

"The guy was just hanging brain. I mean, what's all the fuss?"

Re:It was barely pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716085)

"Swing low sweet chariots."

I was impacted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715977)

I was impacted, I did not receive the porn that other users got. Can I get my refund for that?

Too many jokes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26715989)

"spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle"
"Cox communications"
"just after Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald scored on a touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to put the team in the lead." - hell of a celebration

but the best part? Sports fans complaining about watching a blowjob on t.v. for free (better than free...they get $10!

Irony... (5, Interesting)

MojoRilla (591502) | more than 5 years ago | (#26715997)

Several years ago when my home team was in the Superbowl, my comcast cable went out for several hours during the game. Their response was tough luck. They weren't willing to give me any credit. So it is pretty ironic that people "exposed" to 30 seconds of porn are getting $10 back. The moral of the story is that corporations are only responsible when the news media shames them.

isn't this going to get them fined? (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716011)

Won't the FCC be all over this? I don't think the $10 coupons will save them from that. This is a tad more severe than say, a 7/10 of a second "wardrobe malfunction"...

Re:isn't this going to get them fined? (1)

Kaenneth (82978) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716237)

I think Cable has different standards than Broadcast, I suppose it could be a violation of the 'Must Carry' rules.

Re:isn't this going to get them fined? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716267)

Comcast = cable. Decency-regulation-wise, it's outside the FCC's bailiwick.

Re:isn't this going to get them fined? (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716339)

I think the FCC may have been more motivated to fine them for the nation wide janet jackson thing, and the hundreds of thousands of idiots who were screaming to them for blood. This is a much smaller population, so hopefully this won't become a thing.

At the very least, they will get fined probably, but by pacifying the idiots they can hopefully silence a few of them screaming for even more restrictions.

Re:isn't this going to get them fined? (2, Interesting)

furby076 (1461805) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716409)

They claimed to have been hacked. As long as the investigation supports being hacked then no they will not get fined. The FCC is not some ridiculous organization that goes on witch-hunts. Even if it was not a hacker - it was a technical foul-up, not an intended viewing. The FCC are smart enough to realize that computers have glitches and shit happens.

I could see someone sueing them under the pretense "my baby got scarred from this".

four hours of violent smashing is not porn? (2, Insightful)

peter303 (12292) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716013)

four hours of violent smashing is not porn?

Re:four hours of violent smashing is not porn? (5, Funny)

BiAthlon (91360) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716073)

You're doing it wrong.

Re:four hours of violent smashing is not porn? (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716099)

four hours of violent smashing is not porn?

Ah, yes, indeed it is, but don't give anyone the wrong idea, lest they find a way to either tax or fine the shit out of it. I pay enough for my cable bill...

Re:four hours of violent smashing is not porn? (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716363)

four hours of violent smashing is not porn?

It is, but they probably find this whole incident was actually the "Cheerleaders extreme".

It's a broadcast. It may invoke revenue clauses. (5, Interesting)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716055)

Laugh about the porn clip (I did, here in Tucson, I yelled "FTW!")

But depending on the origin of the video, Comcast may be on a very real hook for broadcasting copyrighted material without license, and could conceivably be exposed to distribution royalties for a much larger audience than the one that is supposed to be limited to a specific, accountable pay-per-view arrangement.

I would be very surprised if lawyers were not working this out in a damage control mode.

Re:It's a broadcast. It may invoke revenue clauses (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716283)

Laugh about the porn clip (I did, here in Tucson, I yelled "FTW!")

Are you aware that it takes longer to yell eff tee dubba-yew than "FOR THE WIN!"? Perhaps you should stand up, go outside, and take a deep breath of fresh air.

Oh wait, you're in Tucson. I take it back. Stay inside.

Re:It's a broadcast. It may invoke revenue clauses (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716381)

>Are you aware that it takes longer to yell eff tee dubba-yew than "FOR THE WIN!"?

Yes! That's why I did it! I also cheered when the Cardinals lost, just to be contrarian. I wish they'd have lost by one point though.

Air quality in Tucson is some of the best in the world, and it's beautiful weather right now...

Please stop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716091)

any customer who claims to have been impacted

Is this Slashdot or a marketing manager's office? The word you are looking for is affected.

Malicious or ignorant? (3, Interesting)

daveywest (937112) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716095)

I work for a CATV operator, and my desk is 200 feet from the headend. There is no way that could have been a glitch. The real question is was it a malicious or ignorant act of an employee. Regardless, the unemployment rate just went up in Tucson.

Re:Malicious or ignorant? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716241)

I work for a CATV operator, and my desk is 200 feet from the headend. There is no way that could have been a glitch. The real question is was it a malicious or ignorant act of an employee. Regardless, the unemployment rate just went up in Tucson.

It could easily have been a glitch that didn't require direct human intervention.

Reasonable providers (read those that aren't Comcast) will separate adult and non-adult programming onto different QAMs. This minimizes exposure to issues with adult-content.

I've seen a QAM broadcast programming from the wrong PID when the original PID was interrupted. It's not supposed to happen, but it does.

why $10? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716125)

So how did they decide $10 was the magic number to make it okay? Seems pretty arbitrary to me.

Anonymous is legion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716161)

Anonymous from www.ebaumsworld.com are everywhere.

Meanwhile, back at the Butt-Bowl . . . (4, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716167)

". . . huh, huh . . huh, huh . . . Beavis, we're like watching Cum-Cast now . . ."

". . . heh, heh . . . hehehe . . . Wait they're showing football again . . . change it! Change it!"

And where's MY ten dollars? (5, Funny)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716207)

I had to watch 30 seconds of Super Bowl right inbetween my porn. That's so not cool Comcast.

comcast (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716221)

So this is the Superbowl "Package" Deal that Comcast was advertising, huh?

They're showing the real game... (5, Funny)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716263)

They're just showing what the sportscasters were watching anyways. "Check out that penetration!" "Yeah John, you can see the backfield has been totally violated." "If he got his hands on that ball, he would have scored for sure."

Just like the movie 'Hackers' (4, Funny)

Agent0013 (828350) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716271)

See, that movie wasn't all that ridiculous. That is probably what happened. Some 'Zero Cool' dude must have hacked into the network and changed the channel!

Video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716333)

Photos or clip or it didn't happened!!

Where do I get... (1)

Poruchik (1004331) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716343)

Cumcast feed and get paid $10?

Other TV hacks (5, Informative)

twistah (194990) | more than 5 years ago | (#26716349)

I love when stuff like this happens. In the past, there have been incidents such as when someone switched over a feed of Jeopardy to the Playboy Channel. Other notable incidents:

Max Headroom Incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs [youtube.com]
HBO "Captain Midnight" incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFlMHCdYXLM [youtube.com]

More then 1 occasion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26716401)

I've heard thru the grapevine that this was also seen in Yuma, AZ, and that it was more then 1 occurrence: "she actually saw the same thing on saturday night and sunday morning" (before the superbowl)

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