So someone's sitting down to watch something, say a basketball game or a movie. Mostly likely, he'll end up missing it entirely, especially after saying he's hoping not to miss a minute of it (see TemptingFate). Or maybe he misses just the most important part (like TheSummation of a mystery, or a major [[TheReveal reveal]] in a SoapOpera) because of a special report.

An alternate variation is for a character to have thought ahead and recorded a program in anticipation of missing it... only to have a friend or coworker [[{{Spoiler}} spoil it for them]] before they get a chance to watch it.

May be done to the ''audience'' through FightUnscene or RelaxOVision. Related to FinaglesLaw.



[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} tries to watch a hockey game in an issue of ''Wolverine: First Class''. When robots from the Danger Room go rogue, he alters his catchphrase to suit the occasion: "I'm the best there is at what I do. And what I watch hockey! When I want to! For as long as I want to! [[CanadianEqualsHockeyFan It's my moral right as a Canadian.]]" Just as he gets back to the game after taking care of the robots, the TV is destroyed. Needless to say, he is very upset.
* Variation in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. Spider-Man spends the whole issue trying to get out of school to fight Rhino, running into everybody he can along the way. When he finally gets there, IronMan already came and took care of it.

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' pulls this on the viewer. The movie ends when the fictional reality show does, as Truman goes into a door that leads beyond the range of The Director's cameras - just before he's reunited with a girl who played a large role in inspiring him to leave.
* In the finale of another Creator/JimCarrey movie, ''Film/TheCableGuy'', the borderline AxCrazy, television-obsessed title character tries to make a HeroicSacrifice by diving onto to the antenna of the local cable companies' satellite dish from a great height in order to "kill the babysitter". (It makes slightly more sense in context.) The interruption of service this causes just happens to correspond to the exact moment when the verdict in a media circus trial is announced on live television.
* A young Amelie (from the [[Film/{{Amelie}} French film of the same name]]) gets her revenge on an unpleasant neighbor by sneaking onto his roof with a portable radio during an important soccer match and pulling the plug on his TV antenna whenever a goal is about to be scored.
* In ''Film/{{The Odd Couple|1968}}'', Oscar is watching a Mets/Pirates game from the press box when Felix phones to tell him not to have any hot dogs at the game because he's making franks and beans for dinner. Oscar misses seeing Bill Mazeroski hit into a triple play as a result of this.
** Another example from the TV adaption appears below.
* Subverted in Creator/SpikeLee's ''Crooklyn'': when given the choice between seeing his father's piano recital or going to see the Knicks play in the NBA Finals, Clinton decides to go to the game. However, when he arrives home to meet his family, he's clearly dejected and guilty that he didn't get to see his father's show, even though the Knicks won the Finals that night.
* In ''Film/AirForceOne'' the President has taped a football game because he is just too busy to see it. Naturally, someone has to spoil the ending.
* Played with in ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. Robin Williams' character missed Game 6 of the 1975 World Series because he gave up a ticket to try to pick up a girl at a bar. The game turned out to be one of the greatest in baseball history, but the girl eventually married him, so he didn't regret a thing.
* ''Film/DennisTheMenace'': Mr. Wilson has been growing a plant for the past four decades that only blooms for a few seconds. He invites a number of people to the event, there are 'Oohs and 'Aahs' as the flower begins to unfold... which, of course, is the moment Dennis comes out yelling "MR. WILSON!" to tell him that his house had been robbed. Everyone (including Mr. Wilson) turns to look, during which the flower blooms and dies just before they turn back.
--> '''Mr. Wilson:''' [[RageBreakingPoint Forty years down the drain...]]

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has Ron's Quidditch match (which Harry can't play in). He and Hermione get ready to suffer through Ron's utter humiliation when Hagrid shows up to ask them to follow him. They do, discovering that he has a (literal) giant half-brother. When they get back, they hear the crowd chanting a mocking song the Slytherins came up with, and realize the lyrics are now celebrating Ron, and sung by Gryffindors. It turns out Ron started blocking goals like a champ after they left, and while initially put off that they missed the whole thing, Hagrid's problem is enough to make him forgive them.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Newhart}}'': Dick and Joanna are both sick in bed, arguing over whether to watch her soap opera or his basketball game. Their fight over the remote causes him to miss a key play and her to miss a character's long-secret identity. A character in the soap even says, "Now that you've told me, we'll never speak of it again."
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Runaway Bride", [[spoiler:Donna reveals that she missed two previous alien invasions (the Sycorax in "The Christmas Invasion" and the Cybermen in "Army of Ghosts") because she was respectively hungover and scuba diving in Spain.]]
** Of course, she eventually gets to see more aliens than most people ever will, due to traveling with the Doctor. Not that [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedAmnesia she knows it, as the Doctor had to wipe her memory so she wouldn't die.]] As such, she still thinks she's missed everything.]] She even complains to this effect in "The End of Time".
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has one in which Dr. Cox, stuck on a late shift due to hospital politics (he screwed with Kelso's treadmill), wants no one to tell him the score of the basketball game. The Janitor tries to do it by arranging everyone outside his window into the shape of the score, and when Ted the lawyer tries to tell him, it cuts to a shot of Ted's tie shoved in his mouth. Of course, [[spoiler:it's ruined by Dr. Kelso, who tapes over the game with a message telling Cox the score and reminding him not to mess around with his treadmill]].
** Also in ''Scrubs'', the scene where JD visualises a pillow fight between a bed full of scantily dressed sorority girls - who, [[GirlOnGirlIsHot naturally, begin kissing]]. Then he's distracted by reality, and returns to the daydream to see only the aftermath, with the girls expressing a delight in [[ExperimentedInCollege experimenting]] with each other, but that it'll never happen again.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode with the movie ''Film/{{Soultaker}}'', Crow gets something in his eye and has to leave the theater just as a woman's bare back appears in the movie. No actual nudity occurs while he's looking around for Visene offscreen, but by the time he comes back the woman is wearing a robe and Tom delights in telling him that he saw everything.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow,'' Rob was watching a boxing match on TV when Laura interrupted him, finally turning the TV off. Rob turned it back on only to find out that he missed "the punch of the century." Laura apologized, and a miffed Rob said, "That's OK, the century's young yet, there'll be another punch." Then Rob realized that he might be able to catch the instant replay, which he did - he caught the replay of the announcer saying it was the punch of the century.
** Another DVD episode called 'Bad Reception in Albany' featured Rob at a hotel at a friends Wedding reception, desperately trying to find a working tv to watch a fashion show to see a model his boss wants as a guest on his show.
* An episode of ''Series/CornerGas'' has everyone attempting to go to the Grey Cup, getting stuck in random [[HilarityEnsues sitcom situations]], and never going. Every single one of them bluffs to the others that they saw the game and it was great.
* An episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' features the gang unable to watch the Super Bowl live and everyone making a pact to watch it together later. You can guess how that goes.
** Another one features Marshall's bachelor party, with plans to watch a boxing match. Thanks to Barney, they are late, but think they can still make it for most of the fight. Queue them turning on the radio and hearing that the fight just ended with a moment that will be talked about for decades to come.
* In an episode of ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads'', Bob and Terry try to avoid hearing the result of an England football match so that they can watch the highlights in the evening. They almost fail when they notice half a newspaper headline reading "England F". They speculate that this probably means "England Fail" or "England Flourish" before finally realising that it was "England Flooded Out".
* In the episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' featuring Jack Soo as a wrestler, Felix tries to take an reaction shot of Oscar as he watches a ballgame and snaps the flash during an important moment. Oscar tries to watch the replay - and Felix accidentally sets off the flash in his eyes again. Lampshaded later when Felix offers to take photos of Jack Soo wrestling for Oscar's paper, and then proceeds to take pictures of everything but that.
* In a ''Series/{{Wings}}'' episode, several of the guys get together to watch a boxing match in the hangar on a big screen TV that Brian has purchased (with the intention of returning it after the fight). The TV gets unplugged right when the fight is about to begin, and by the time they replug it, the fight is already over. And then they can't watch the instant replay because the TV gets smashed.
* An episode of ''Series/SportsNight'' involved the fact that Isaac was at the infamous 1951 National League tie-breaker game, but was in the bathroom during Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World".
* ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow'' has an episode where Chet has a special antenna installed so he can watch a blacked-out football game, only to have his TV set go on the blink with a house full of people just before kickoff.
* In ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', there's the episode where the kids are at Quico's house to watch a football match, and they're all pumped up. Quico begins arguing with Chilindrina, and suddenly, Chavo yells "GOAAAAAAAL!" in excitement. Quico is ''not'' happy that he missed it, let alone when Chavo tells him it was an overhead kick goal, to top it off.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" begins with the singer complaining about having his viewing of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' interrupted by "a special report about some devastating earthquake in Peru". Naturally, [[RuleOfFunny this being]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice Weird Al]]...

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* An old ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip has Linus getting all set to watch a certain program, but then Lucy comes in and insists on watching something else. Linus then goes to Charlie Brown's house to watch his show, but finds it's already over by the time he gets there. Disappointed, he goes back home...where he finds out that Lucy had ended up switching to his show after all.
** An early-'60s storyline has Linus preparing for a rare solar eclipse. He lectures to the other characters about viewing safety, puts together a pinhole projector with two sheets of cardboard... and, when the day of the eclipse finally comes, it's raining outside.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* A good way for heels to get CheapHeat. [[ Example]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''SamAndMax: Night of the Raving Dead'' does a version similar to the ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' example below. The first half of the game is {{flashback}} explaining how Sam and Max wound up in the DeathTrap. Just as the flashback gets up to "the most epic battle of our career", Max stops it with "Yeah, Yeah, I remember the rest!". We never see the fight.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Melonpool}}'': The eponymous Mayberry Melonpool, an avid Franchise/StarTrek fan, is eternally prevented from finally seeing the one episode he never saw, "the one with the space amoeba" ("The Immunity Syndrome").
** [[ThrowTheDogABone He finally DOES get to see it]] in [[ this]] strip.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', "Curse of Reptar": A series of specials on their favorite card game ''"Yu-Gotta-Go"'' (a carryover from the last ep).
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', "When There's A Wilt, There's A Way": A basketball game
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', "Vacant Lot": A pop-star's radio interview. One of the few examples that don't involve TV, primarily because the main characters didn't have access to one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', "[=TV=] Dinner": The wrestling event of the year, according to Coop.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'': One ep interrupts a fight with a totally pointless report that *Music/{{NSYNC}} isn't breaking up. We miss some woman getting kicked in the teeth.
* The original ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' has an ep which opens with TheSummation of a mystery show being interrupted by a news report from their friend April O'Neil.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' where [[TheDogBitesBack Scratchy finally gets Itchy]]; features the infamous "The rock tumbler or the [=TV=]?" scene. Even worse, Krusty announces that they won't be showing it again.
** Interactive media example: in the season 1 episode ''Moaning Lisa'', the B-story is that Bart constantly beats Homer at a boxing video game. After Homer trains at the arcade and is just about to beat Bart, Marge unplugs the TV, and Bart announces his retirement from the ring with his undefeated win record.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "The New Terrance and Phillip Movie Trailer": The kids spend the entire episode running around town, trying to find a workable TV on which to see an ad for the new ''Terrance and Phillip'' movie. Strangely enough, they ended up succeeding.
** The fact that the commercial itself is incredibly brief and gives absolutely no information furthers the joke as the boys are INCREDIBLY excited about it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': This cliche's so nice, they did it twice... Interference from Bender's antenna causes TV reception to go out just as Calculon launches into a major revelation on ''"All My Circuits"''. When he leaves, reception is restored in time for Calculon to announce that he's about to repeat his revelation, and, predictably, the reception goes out again right before he does.
** And yet again, when Fry (in present day) accidentally knocks out the Fox network with spilled beer. As a result, the aliens of Omicron Persei 8, who receive the television broadcast a thousand years later (in "present" day), [[AliensStealCable miss the end of an episode of their favorite series]]. They're so upset they declare war on Earth. It's okay, though: at the end of the episode, everything's [[SnapBack right back to normal]].
*** Eerily reminiscent of a [[TruthInTelevision real life]] power outage at the Toledo Fox affiliate. We pray that the people of 3007 don't feel the wrath of the ''Series/AmericanIdol''-loving aliens that pick up UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio's television signal.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'':
** In one episode, Timmy is extremely excited to watch an educational (but mostly violent) documentary about a giant SewerGator. Just as it's about to start, it suddenly cuts to a TastesLikeDiabetes pre-school show, Timmy's dad having remembered to set a [[RelaxOVision child block]] on the TV to prevent Timmy from watching any violent programming. Timmy isn't happy, especially when his friends mock him the next day for not having watched it. However, he does get to watch the documentary later on after wishing his parents would care less.
** In the episode that was the PoorlyDisguisedPilot for "Crash Nebula", the [=FOP=] portion consisted of Timmy excitedly telling Cosmo and Wanda that it was a special episode. Unfortunately, Cosmo and Wanda distract Timmy with endless guesses about what the episode was about and he ends up missing it. [[DeathGlare An angry Timmy]] [[TranquilFury then makes a point]] [[BrickJoke to create another whirlpool inside Cosmo and Wanda's fishbowl]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', "Episode 257-494": Some famous person on a talk show is about to reveal the secret to world peace when the Titans interrupt saying that the viewers must stop watching this program, since the TV signal is literally rotting their brains.
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' [[LampshadeHanging Hangs A Lampshade]] on this. Ben Grimm has been waiting to see a [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] Final match, but Johnny tells him that Ben's own bad luck will prevent this. Sure enough, a giant alien invades moments afterwards. And just to cap it all, Ben forgets to tape the game, preventing him from watching it later.
* Done across the FourthWall in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', where a fight that Freakazoid claims took up the season's entire animation budget occurs during the RelaxOVision episode.
* The animated ''WesternAnimation/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' played with this trope in one episode, where Mother Goose tries to not miss her favorite soap opera, which was about to reveal who "dropped the water-balloon on JR". However, Grimmy's antics keeps destroying the TV they encounter. Eventually Mother Goose lands in a TV store and tells Grimmy to get out so he won't interfere. Grimmy ended up causing her to miss the big reveal anyway when he [[spoiler:caused a truck accident, which lead to the station interrupting the show during the crucial moment with a breaking news]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Brian watches ''Series/{{Nova}}'' where a scientist was about to reveal the secret for longer lives in canines. However, it's interrupted by several episodes of ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}''.
* Dexter faces this problem in the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "[[ 911]]".
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts: The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short "Good Time for a Dime" has Donald watching a peep-show in a penny arcade of the [[FamilyFriendlyStripper Dance of the Seven Veils]], and missing the good parts when the machine goes screwy.
* Speedy (AKA Snail Truck) from ''WesternAnimation/MatchboxHeroCity'' does this all of the time with the exception of the tour of the Haunted House.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' episode "Doom with a View" Ruby misses the revelation, as well as the repeat of the revelation, on a mystery show because an invisible ghost keeps turning the radio off.
* Subversion: ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' are watching Toni Basil's video "Mickey." Beavis demands that Butt-head change the channel but he doesn't until the scene where [[PantyShot Toni is hanging upside down in a cheerleader skirt]] passes.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': Becky's attempts to watch her Pretty Princess documentary is constantly interrupted by Dr. Two-Brains attempting to make a [[DoNotAdjustYourSet live-televised ultimatum]] and [=WordGirl=] tying him up before he gets a chance to do some EvilGloating. For several attempts. She only manages to stop Dr. Two-Brains for good right as the credits roll, but thankfully, it plays again afterwards. It gets one last interruption - [=WordGirl=] telling the villains of the city to lay off on the crimes for a couple hours ''or else''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', the kids set up a domino set, but get into an argument about who starts it going. During the debate, one of them brushes against the starting domino and starts the chain with only Animal seeing it while the others argue, and don't realize it until they heard the record player set up to turn on by the final domino.
-->'''Animal''': ''(Clapping his hands)'' Good show!
* In the short, "My Brilliant Revenge!" From the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Fox Trot", Hamton tries to watch a Star Search-type show with pigs, only [[IncessantMusicMadness to keep getting interrupted by the sound of]] [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes Plucky playing the bagpipes]]. When he comes back to the TV after telling Plucky to stop, he discovers that he missed the whole thing. [[spoiler:At the end of the short, it is revealed that Hamton taped the show.]]

[[folder: Real Life]]
* During Creator/TheBBC's broadcast of the ''Live Aid'' concerts in 1985, they cut away from Santana's set to broadcast a live interview with Phil Collins, who was flying from the Wembley gig to the Philadelphia gig on Concorde. And ''then'' the BBC decided to cut the interview short just when it was getting interesting, because they didn't think the sound quality was good enough.
* There's the infamous Creator/{{MTV}}/Creator/VH1 Live 8 debacle. The networks would keep cutting away to bubble-headed [=VJs=] and awkward commercials for zit cream right in the middle of acts like Music/PinkFloyd (whose performance was their first together in ''24 years'') as well as Music/TheWho! VH-1, at least, made an effort to correct it by airing ten almost-entirely commercial-free hours of performances from the concert the following Saturday.
* The [[ Heidi Game.]] The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague New York Jets and Oakland Raiders]] were playing, and the final quarter was running longer than usual. Creator/{{NBC}} was contractually obligated by a sponsor, Timex, to air a made-for-TV movie of ''[[Literature/{{Heidi}} Heidi]]'' at 7:00 p.m. ET sharp. After noticing how intense the game had become, NBC Sports' executives decided to forget about the order and have ''Heidi'' start after the game ended. However, there was just one problem; they were unable to get through to network control to tell them about the change in plans, because NBC's switchboards were flooded with callers asking about whether NBC would be showing ''Heidi'' or the end of the game. In the end, NBC's east coast feed cut away from the game and never came back. Meanwhile, back in Oakland, the Raiders pulled off a MiracleRally with two game-winning touchdowns out of nowhere (plus, NBC was also guilty of MoodWhiplash for putting a news ticker with the final score up during the scene where Clara takes her first steps). After the bad publicity NBC received from football fans for the incident, it soon became standard practice for sports telecasts to always air a game in its entirety.
** Creator/{{CBC}} had a suspiciously similar incident in 2007: the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague Edmonton Eskimos]] were leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders 32-27 when the game was paused due to thunderstorms. During the delay, most of the CBC network aired ''Film/TheGoodThief'', but not the rest of the game. CBC Sports' senior managers had turned off their phones and became unreachable, while someone at network control decided to only air the rest of the game in Saskatchewan. They got to see their Roughriders win 39-32.
* The network didn't cut away from it, but another famous example was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" to win the 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff game for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Oakland Raiders. The owner of the Steelers, Art Rooney, missed the play because he left the owners box early to be waiting for his (at the time, losing) team in the locker room after the game, and was riding the elevator down with no idea what happened when he heard the stadium explode in cheers. So Rooney himself is an example of cutting away early and missing one of the best plays ever in professional football.
* In 1960, Pittsburgh Pirates announcer Bob Prince was calling the World Series for NBC. With Game 7 tied in the ninth inning, the network sent him down to the team's clubhouse for postgame interviews. Prince was walking through the stadium when he heard the crowd explode with a roar, but he didn't get a chance to hear what had happened. When Prince reached the clubhouse, he started randomly interviewing players, and when he came to Bill Mazeroski, all he asked him was how it felt to be a member of the world champions before moving on to the next player. It wasn't until hours later, when Prince asked his wife how the game ''had'' ended anyway, that he learned Mazeroski had won the Series with a walk-off home run.
* In early 2009, ITV cut away from a thus far rather dull Everton vs Liverpool football match to an advert for mints. A goal ensued. Said sports reporter Kevin Gearey, "It will be forever remembered as the game dominated not by clever tactics, but by unexpected Tic Tacs."
* ITV pulled off the same trick ''again'' as England were about to score in a World Cup match against the USA.
* During a visit to Australia by Prince Charles in the late 80's/early 90's, a journalist got bored halfway through one of his speeches and wandered off to find a phonebooth to phone in a report to his TV station. Minutes after he left, an armed man stormed onto the stage and tried to take a shot at the Prince live on tv. This led to a rather bizarre situation where the two newsanchors 3000 miles away had seen the pictures and were asking excitedly for updates on what was going on and the poor none-the-wiser reporter was shrugging and trying to think of euphemisms for 'Sweet FA'.
* The real first playing of the "Cover Up" game on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' was interrupted by a CBS News special report. Only a few east coast markets where ''Price'' is shown an hour earlier actually got to see it.
* Horribly averted by an Israeli TV broadcaster in 2002, when a reports from a suicide attack in Jerusalem were broadcast side-by-side with a soccer match, to avoid having to cut off the match. The decision is infamously known in Israel as the [[ The Split Broadcast]].
* The Canadian channel Creator/{{YTV}} had the world premiere of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' season finale "Epilogue"; unfortunately, viewers did not get to see the first three minutes due to a glitch that caused an episode of ''The Shopping Bags'' (a consumer show broadcast by one of YTV's sister networks) to air instead at first. The rest of the episode did air as scheduled, and an encore aired the following week.
* The Canadian channel Sportsnet One often airs tape-delayed Indian Premier League cricket matches in the late-night hours (well, East-coast late-night, primetime West), but also airs games live in the early morning. One night, the final two overs of a delayed match got cut off by ... the beginning of live coverage for a ''different'' match.
* During Game 4 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, viewers on Austin's NBC affiliate missed the game-winning overtime goal because of an [[ automation snafu that accidentally caused local ads to play.]]
* And again, proving the Stanley Cup is not allergic to technical snafus, CBC's feed of Game 5 of the 2014 Finals on ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'' (which saw the Los Angeles Kings clinch the championship in double overtime) [[ promptly exploded at exactly 12:30 a.m. ET]]. ''Right in the middle of the post-game ceremony.'' The network quickly started to simulcast Creator/{{NBC}}'s feed, but it too was screwed up for a few minutes (the top of the screen was at the bottom and pushed the rest up).
** Adding insult to injury, this was the last game of CBC's national broadcast rights deal for the NHL, leading to jokes on Twitter from people who thought the new rightsholder Rogers had sabotaged them. Making things even worse, Ron [=MacLean=]'s last ever remarks as ''HNIC'' host (well, for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the next two seasons, anyway]]) also got cut off by a glitch.
-->'''Ron''': And there's an old french proverb that says... ''[[[TheUnReveal black screen]]]''
* [[RuleOfThree And yet again involving the Stanley Cup]], during a Western Conference round 2 game between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, some customers of the [[{{Irony}} aforementioned Rogers]] missed the game 4-winning goal in '''''triple overtime''''' because their [=NextBox=] DVR set-top boxes [[ automatically rebooted]] at 2:00 a.m., presumably to check for software updates. A Rogers spokesperson stated that [[FromBadToWorse these DVR's were not supposed to reboot during live programming, implying it may have been a glitch.]]
* On March 26, 2017, the dramatic ending of the South regional final between Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament got cut off on Columbus's CBS affiliate WBNS [[ by a special weather report on a tornado warning]]. The report itself was also botched; all you could see was a black screen with a ticker on the top, whilst the voice of the station's invisible meteorologist explained equally invisible maps and graphics, with no video of either the weather report ''or'' the game. When the video of the game came back, the game was over.
* On a related note, Augusta's CBS affiliate skipped the post-game show of the championship game so they could go right to local news. While it sounds benign on paper, that also meant that viewers didn't get to see the traditional [[AwardBaitSong "One Shining Moment"]] closing montage, which is a tournament tradition (besides the reminders that The Masters are just a few days away, of course).
* At the end of a ''Thursday Night Football'' game between the Bengals and Texans, Houston's NBC station jumped the gun and cut away to local news right after the clock hit :00 ... ''on the scoreboard''. In reality, one second was put on the clock for Cincinnati to make one last attempt at a game-winning touchdown, which resulted in a ridiculous play with several laterals, and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt absolutely pummelling a Bengals center to seal their 13-9 win. While it was only week 2, and in one of the NFL's most polarizing and often ridiculed primetime slots, said station led their newscast by declaring that the Texans had won -- without realizing that it could have potentially gone the other way.
* In November 2017, The Weather Channel set up a camera to record the implosion of the old Georgia Dome stadium. Unfortunately, after nearly an hour of waiting, at the moment the detonation began, the camera's view was blocked by a MARTA bus.
* At the 2018 Winter Olympics, NBC was ''so sure'' that the dominant Anna Veith had won the women's Super-G, even with 25 skiers left, that Dan Hicks and Bode Miller repeatedly referred her as ''the'' gold medalist, referred to another skier as the last one with any chance at a medal, interviewed Lindsey Vonn about her "5th place" finish after a commercial, and then cut away to go back to figure skating. Meanwhile, Ester Ledecká, a Czech snowboarder who had been recently dabbling in alpine, pulled off what was likely one of the most shocking upsets in Winter Olympics history, beating Veith by '''''one hundredth of a second.''''' Needless to say, NBC eventually returned to inform the confused audience of what had happened.