SBD/October 19, 2011/Media

Shaw Communications Apologizes For Missing First Period Of NHL Jets Game Monday Night

Shaw Communications President Peter Bissonnette is taking "full responsibility for the technical glitch that kept its customers from watching almost all of the first period" of Monday's Penguins-Jets game, according to Geoff Kirbyson of the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. The Jets won the game 2-1 for their first win this season, and "both goals were scored before the signal was restored." Bissonnette said, "We screwed that up. It was a technical anomaly, that's the best I can put it." He said that Shaw will "extend the free period of the TSN Jets specialty channel by two games." Additionally, instead of "having to pay as of Dec. 6, the home game that evening against the Phoenix Coyotes will also be free." Bissonnette said that the company has "implemented a number of checks and balances to ensure future broadcasts will not encounter similar technical difficulties" (WINNIPEGFREEPRESS.com, 10/18). Jets chat boards "lit up like a Christmas tree even before game time with many irate fans threatening to shift their cable business over to MTS or Bell." There were "no reports of glitches with TSN Jets on either MTS TV or Bell" Monday night (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 10/19).

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