Super Bowl: NBC Attributes Brief Blackout to "Equipment Failure"
The telecast went dark for several seconds on Sunday night.
NBC's telecast of Super Bowl LII briefly went dark on Sunday night.
Viewers experienced several seconds of a black screen during a commercial break.
The Twitter account for NBC Sports PR attributed the darkness to a "brief equipment failure."
From NBC Sports spokesperson:— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 5, 2018
"We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed."
Many viewers hit social media to joke about the incident or express confusion over a possible technological failure in their own homes.
Who paid 5 million for that blank screen? #WasteOfMoney— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) February 5, 2018
NBC going dark for 30 seconds was the best Super Bowl ad so far #SuperBowl— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 5, 2018
Okay my TV just went blank. That was an expensive ass error on someone's part. #Superbowl— Rod (@rodimusprime) February 5, 2018
That black screen commercial was fire— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) February 5, 2018
I paid $3,000,000 for that 30 seconds of dead air. I wanted to give everyone a chance to silently reflect. You're welcome.— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) February 5, 2018
Did anyone else just get an ad for the Sopranos finale— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) February 5, 2018
Very expensive blank screen #superbowl— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) February 5, 2018
Y'all freeze that live feed?— Wendy's (@Wendys) February 5, 2018