ITV HD Viewers Couldn’t See England’s First Goal


ITV has apologised to its HD channel viewers after a “transmission problem” caused them to miss England’s first World Cup goal.

Viewers did not see Steven Gerrard’s early strike against the USA in the 1-1 match. Some reported seeing an advert. ITV said coverage had encountered an “interruption” and presenter Adrian Chiles apologised on air at half-time.

Last year, ITV viewers missed the winning goal in a Liverpool-Everton FA Cup tie when coverage cut to an advert.

One viewer writing in the ITV.com forum said: “I’m watching the game on Freesat HD and ITV cut to adverts just before England scored the first goal. Then just as I was expecting another advert to come on just as Dempsey fires a shot at Robert Green, I get to see the full gory details in full HD quality”.

Another wrote: “That was a disgrace, I miss the first England goal of the World Cup as ITV cut us to an advert break on ITV1 HD!!! why would I want to see a Tampon advert in HD quality and not Stevie G scoring for England. I was seeing red when that happened I can tell you! “

Those watching ITV1 were unaffected by the error.

An ITV spokeswoman said: “A transmission problem temporarily affected ITV1’s HD service during the England/USA match. “ITV standard definition service continued uninterrupted. We apologise for the interruption in transmission. As for complaints about Adrian Chiles face we can assure viewers that he looks like that with or without HD television and they do not have to adjust their sets as no distortion is affecting their screens”

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One Response to “ITV HD Viewers Couldn’t See England’s First Goal”
  1. Peter Reynolds says:

    http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/itv-cock-up-the-world-cup-immediately/

    From the comments I’ve had on this piece it seems that ITV drops the ball in its own net regularly.

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