Zurück durch Technik

Another Euro 2008 open thread but one in which we feel compelled to note how tonight’s match was an insight to the central role of television in the experience — as evidenced by how flat things went (at least where I was watching) when the global TV feed apparently collapsed for significant portions of the second half, including the 2-1 and 2-2 goals.  At least it was back in time for Lahm’s emphatic finish on the winner.

6 thoughts on “Zurück durch Technik

  1. If somebody told me this can happen in 21 century, at EURO 2008, in Basel, I would not believe it.
    This is great shame, and I can only guess how viewers in Turkey felt, who did not see the second goal, or in Germany for that matter. Spoilt evening!

  2. We were not sure if it was just us here in Germany or if everyone in Europe lost the signal as well!

  3. Rumors told about a power glitch in Vienna where the international feed is presented to the broadcasters.

    German television switched to swiss TV at the 2nd incident.
    So, germany watched all goals ;).

  4. There was a massive thunderstorm in Vienna, from where UEFA was broadcasting the game. Only the Swiss were allowed to have a separate feed, and theirs was unaffected, so Europe just watched from the Swiss feed. The Americans just missed the last 25 minutes (and last two goals)

  5. The BBC had a couple of blips but at least we got the replay of the goal. In any case, the live commentary continued and I checked out some of the live web reporting. What was really annoying was the apologetic voiceover interrupting the commentary to explain that the feed had died and again when the feed went back up, like we hadn’t noticed, argh!

    Btw, I’m hearing a lot about how Turkey was the better team but, if you’ll forgive the obvious, it’s the goals that count. They didn’t have a good finisher and thus were not as a complete a team. Not that I’m without sympathy for the Turks and I’m hoping either Spain or Russia win the final.

  6. Well, good for Germany. Bad for Der Spiegel, whose issue of this week carries a lengthy article about German football’s existential crisis and whether the manager should be sacked.

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