Weird little story on the inaugural
Interference with a microwave signal may have caused a giant video screen set up on the Mall during last week’s inauguration celebration to flitter and fail, said officials charged with broadcasting the speech to thousands. But the source of that interference remains a mystery.
CP Communications, the company charged with delivering the signals to 12 viewing screens on the Mall, said only the unit near the Washington Monument experienced problems. Unfortunately those problems occurred shortly before President Obama took the oath of office, triggering rounds of boos and groans by viewers camped out to watch the festivities.
A backup plan to shift to an alternate feed from a broadcast source, such as C-Span, never went into effect because of the time consumed troubleshooting, said John Liipfert, a producer for C3 Presents, the Austin-based company that produced a number of events for the inauguration and hired CP Communications. The Presidential Inaugural Committee declined to disclose what it paid C3.
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