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Power glitch cuts World Series TV coverage for 20 minutes

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Oceanic Cable viewers lost TV coverage of Game 6 of the World Series for about 20 minutes this afternoon because of a power supply problem.

The game is broadcast on the Fox network, KHON in Honolulu. Video of the game was lost about 4:05 p.m.

At 4:28 p.m. the game came back on, but via a lower resolution, slightly jerky Internet video. The regular TV signal, including high definition, returned at 4:50 p.m.

For a while, the station ran a crawl along the bottom of the screen saying: “A fiber transmission outage has resulted in the loss of the World Series feed. KHON2 engineers are working to fix the problem.”

Norman Santos, Oceanic vice president of operations, said Oceanic was carrying the signal for KHON through one of the cable company’s hubs when it lost power a little after 4 p.m.

Santos said the generator for the hub didn’t immediately turn on. As Oceanic addressed the problem, KHON put the the World Series on a webstream to replace the signal. “That’s why it looks slower and jittery,” he said.

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