Being the technogeek that I am, I have a WinTV card hooked into my now-ancient (circa 2001) IBM NetVista PC, which is also hooked up to this newfangled Google Cube USB radio device I got as a tchotchke at a recent Google-in-a-Box seminar here in Austin.
I use the NetVista as a glorified computer-ish TV set so that I can monitor breaking news from CNBC (have I ever mentioned I'm also a newsgeek?)
I bring all this up because this week I've been closely monitoring both CNBC and CNN this week to get a read on their breaking CES and Macworld coverage.
However, every time I start to see the beginning of a report from the floor of CES, the reporter is mid-sentence interviewing or doing a standup when the signal is interrupted and they go off the air, forcing the anchors to scramble and try to recover and pick up the ball.
When it happened once, I figured it was a simple technical glitch.
However, now that it's happened several times and on more than one network, I'm starting to come to the conclusion that it's a curse.
Does the grand irony of this strike anyone other than me?
Here we are, at one of the world's most high-tech consumer electronics pavillions, in the midst of a massive convergence between the computer, the TV, and the Internets, and the cable TV companies can't get their broadcast signal out of the building.
Is someone trying to send them a message??? Maybe they should consider sending smoke signals???!
The explanations I've witnessed thus far have been that the overwhelming wi-fi signals coming off the floor of the convention center are somehow interfering with (overpowering?) the broadcast signals from the cable news channels.
Thank heavens the blogs are still getting through. See below in another post for some that I've been following this week...meanwhile, if you still like to watch the telly, please pray for the enhanced integrity of the major cable networks' broadcast signals.