Epic Fail: EBS Test Misfires, DirecTV Customers Terrorized By Lady Gaga

Posted by on Nov 09, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Geez, can these people be any more incompetent?

Beginning at 2:01 p.m., viewers and listeners in many states said they saw and heard the alerts at the scheduled time, but others said they did not. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancies, but that was one of the purposes of the test — to find out how well the system would work in an actual emergency.

Many of the reported failures affected cable and satellite television subscribers, and some were quite head-scratching: Some DirecTV subscribers said their TV sets played the Lady Gaga song “Paparazzi” when the test was underway. Some Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York said the test never appeared on screen. Some Comcast subscribers in northern Virginia said their TV sets were switched over to QVC before the alert was shown.

In some cases the test messages were delayed, perhaps because the messages are designed to trickle down from one place to many. A viewer in Minneapolis said he saw the message about three minutes late. A viewer in Chattanooga, Tenn., said she saw it about 10 minutes late.

In Greensboro, N.C., a local reporter saw the alert on all the cable news channels but on none of the local broadcast networks. In Los Angeles, some cable customers said the alert lasted for almost half an hour.

Many other viewers and listeners reported that the alert arrived right on time at 2 p.m. Eastern. It halted digital video recorder playback in some households and surprised radio listeners in their cars.

If this was an actual emergency, you’d be totally fucked.

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One Response to “Epic Fail: EBS Test Misfires, DirecTV Customers Terrorized By Lady Gaga”

  1. prochazka_the_insane on 10/10/11 at 8:10 am

    I felt that I could best express my thoughts on this “exercise” by leaving the tube turned off and going about my business as usual.

    Thanks for letting me know that it was the COAMF that I expected.