By now, the story of the errant porn clip that aired in Arizona households during the Feb. 2 Super Bowl is legend. Just after Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald broke a long run for a touchdown, the cable feed switched to a porn clip that featured full frontal male nudity, followed by, well, you know. Residents were naturally upset, and Comcast, the cable provider involved, has been investigating what it calls a "malicious act" ever since.
Now they're bringing in a higher authority: the FBI. Comcast has turned over all of its information to the agency:
"We have shared all of our information on this situation with the FBI and will continue to provide our full cooperation to them throughout their investigation," company spokeswoman Kelle Maslyn said in a statement e-mailed to the Star.
We don't know much about telecommunications criminality, if the FBI is able to trace whoever interrupted the broadcast, that person or persons is going to be in hot water. We're pretty sure the FBI doesn't take "beaming porn into children's faces during the most-watched event of all-time" lightly.
Of course, there are some positives here: Comcast is offering a $10 discount on its service for anyone who has any information about the interruption. $10 isn't much, but it is HBO for a month. Meanwhile, the porn company whose film was shown, Pink Visual is offering a $10 coupon for those who want to finish what the Super Bowl hackers started:
“We feel really bad for the customers that were just getting into it when Comcast rudely switched back to the football game before the clip could really get going,” Kim Kysar, a spokeswoman for the company, said in a news release.
$10 for cable and $10 for free porn. Happy endings, all around.