Fox leaves Bears viewers scrambling

Looks like the Bears aren’t the only ones who need exhibition games to work out the kinks.

The Fox-32 broadcast of the Bears-Eagles game Friday night at Soldier Field included a long stretch during the first quarter in which viewers couldn’t, well, view the game because of a scrambled feed.

The technical difficulties caused fans to miss several key plays, including new Bears safety Ryan Mundy’s interception of a Nick Foles pass on the Eagles’ first drive and a blocked field-goal attempt by Robbie Gould from 41 yards on the Bears’ first possession.

The problem "was an encoding issue in our uplink truck.  It wasn’t a WFLD problem," Bears spokesman Scott Hagel told the Tribune in an email. "The pregame transmission tests were fine, but a digital breakdown occurred early in the first quarter causing the disruption to the end user.  Once the issue was identified, equipment was reset and the signal was restored."

Neither play-by-play man Sam Rosen nor analyst Jim Miller mentioned the technical difficulties, and the audio feed was unaffected.

This isn’t the first time Fox has had issues with its Bears telecasts. A game against the Vikings on Sept. 15 was marred by technical difficulties, including several blacked-out minutes at the end of the first half. The network missed the Vikings’ third touchdown and went to its halftime show with more than a minute remaining in the half before regaining its transmission at the start of the second half.

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