Frustrated Carolina Panther fans in the Charlotte market were unable to watch much of the first half of the team’s first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a technical glitch.
The telecast, which was locally on WSOC-TV, was choppy for much of the first quarter and then cut out entirely for large chunks of the second quarter, with WSOC instead displaying an on-screen sign that said “We are experiencing technical difficulties, PLEASE STAND BY.”
By midway through the second quarter, however, WSOC got the problem fixed, just in time to see Joey Slye’s third field goal put the Panthers up, 9-3.
WSOC news director Mike Oliviera told The Observer in a brief interview just after the game went back on-air in Charlotte: “We don’t know where the issue started or where the problem was. We worked as quickly as we could to fix it, and we’re back on TV.”
In total, the glitches affected about 45 minutes worth of the game, from the beginning of the first quarter until about the middle of the second.
Viewers watching the game out of the Charlotte market on NFL Network were largely unaffected, but some viewers out of Charlotte who were streaming the game over various services also had problems.