Time Warner blames power glitch, broadcaster blames TWC

A power supply problem feeding digital cable boxes caused some brief outages for Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Kansas City area during Sunday night's Academy Awards broadcast, the MSO said.

According to a Time Warner Cable spokesman, the power supply for a "device that sends signals to the digital cable boxes" was being intermittently interrupted causing TV screens to freeze or turn black during the telecast. Only digital subs experienced the problem which was resolved Monday morning.

That it happened when probably a goodly number of the MSO's 300,000 KC-area subs were watching the Oscars made it a bit more problematic. The local ABC affiliate, KMBC, made it clear who was to blame. "The problem was with Time Warner," said Jerry Agresti, programming engineer at KMBC.

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