Imagine this, you are watching TV in the evening or late night. Maybe it is a movie starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn or a 1977 episode of Dr. Who, when suddenly something odd interrupts your viewing. Maybe it’s a message for a cable channel or a man in a mask getting spanked.
Today, I have two true stories of broadcast signal intrusion, the Max Headroom and the HBO Captain Midnight Incident, on the 175th episode of Sunday Morning Coffee with Jeff.
Show notes and links:
- Captain Midnight: ‘No regrets’ about jamming HBO back in ’86 (networkworld.com)
- The Story Of Captain Midnight (archive.org)
- Captain Midnight broadcast signal intrusion (wikipedia.org)
- 1986 Captain Midnight HBO Incident – Full Video (youtube.com)
- Weird Moments in TV History: The Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion Incident (mentalfloss.com)
- Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion (wikipedia.org)
- WGN Channel 9 – The Nine O’Clock News – “The 1st ‘Max Headroom’ Incident” (1987) (youtube.com)
- WTTW Chicago – The Max Headroom Pirating Incident (1987) – Original Upload (youtube.com)