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An Arizona man has admitted he was the one who interrupted the 2009 Superbowl broadcast to thousands of cable subscribers and replaced it with footage from an X-rated porno flick, according to published news reports. Frank Tanori Gonzalez pleaded guilty to two counts of computer tampering in a plea agreement that called for him …


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  1. Winkypop Silver badge

    Cox Communications

    Of course.

  2. Lance 3

    So the FCC fines $550,000 because of the wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl and yet doesn't do anything in this case when someone shows porn.

    Hmmm, maybe the FCC likes cock.

    1. Greg J Preece

      IIRC, the FCC doesn't regulate cable (or part of it) because it's not broadcast wirelessly - their remit only covers stuff you can pick up with an antenna, because it could be received by anyone, or some such blah blah. That's why cable channels like HBO can put on shows like Bullshit!, and show all the titties and full frontal nudity they like, whereas Howard Stern isn't allowed to even say "bullshit" on air.

  3. Annihilator

    Worked at ITV-HD

    Just wondered if he was the same bright spark that interrupted the ITV-HD coverage of the 2010 World Cup?..

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Publishers rights!

    Comcast should be fined, since they probably didn't have a broadcast license for the copyrighted work.

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  6. Mike Smith

    May I be the first... buy that man a pint. Hopefully one of the many he deserves.

    Pure class sir, pure class.

    As for Cox Communications - well, they should just be glad of the brand recognition.

  7. Havin_it


    Should've been Debbie Does Dallas, shurely?

    1. Armando 123

      It might have been Patti Porks Pittsburgh, but have you SEEN the women in Pittsburgh? They make Cleveland chicks look HHHHHHOOoooottttttt.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I can't help wonder...

    What if it wasn't pr0n but a snippet of some people getting their brains shot out? How likely would it be that it never would have gotten beyond a misdemeanor ?

    1. kain preacher

      You would be wrong

      What did cost some folks money. Lost money in lower viewer ship and lost money by giving away pay per view.

  9. frank ly

    A man off-screen provides commentary.

    Was it David Attenborough? If so, I'm sure it would have been educational and informative.

  10. Greg J Preece

    Surely, SURELY there's a gay American Football porno out there he could have used?

  11. Andus McCoatover

    NSFW - from the article "..nearly erect penis..?"

    He's doing better than me! Grief, I'm 55, and having difficulty.. (But, not unexpected, I guess..)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Take Comfort From.... are not alone.

  12. maccy

    Given that he got the idea from Fight Club, shouldn't have been just one frame?

  13. Blubster

    @Andus McCoatover

    Sounds like your suffering the same problem as the `Grand Old Duke of York` - neither up nor down.

  14. illiad

    looking at the vid, its seems he was recording something, and had forgotten that when it was finished, it would switch the feeds!! make sure the switch is disabled next time, or use a separate recorder!!

    this fuax pas is about as bad as setting a recording of the big match, and forgetting one set earlier... so the final part of the match is replaced by your wifes program!!! :( :(

    not good when 20 mates are watching...

  15. DavidK

    Give the man a pint.

  16. Tomato42

    It's not like anything of value was lost, the penalty was definitely too harsh.

  17. dssf

    Can we say...


    1. Robert E A Harvey
  18. Christian Berger

    In Germany

    In Germany where I live, most cable operators aren't even competent enough to do that if they wanted to.

  19. CynicalOptimist

    in Germany, a cable channel employee once interrupted a porn film with footage of a sporting event.

    1. Heironymous Coward


      a porn film IS a sporting event.

      1. Francis Boyle

        how does that workwith lesbian porn?

        You can never be sure who came first.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          With lesbian porn

          Its always the viewer that comes first

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And how in any way....

    ..would this have 'offended' the typical football-viewer?

    to quote Dennis Leary: "I like football, and porno, and books about war...."

  21. Gannon (J.) Dick

    2009 ?

    The wheels of Justice grind slowly, but exceedingly ... um, could we see that clip again ?

  22. alwarming
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    Cock cocks Cox.

    (just wanted to coax it out of my system).

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's the difference?

    He showed audiences a wide receiver with a tight end, presumably ending with a spike in the end zone and an appropriate victory celebration... instead of a football game.

  24. Anonymous Coward

    Anyone remember the movie "Used Cars"? :)

    Hopefully the porno interrupted the interminable Superbowl pregame show.....

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