Monday, December 08, 2008

Database failure takes out cable in Orlando

WOFL in Orlando, Florida is reporting that Bright House Networks, the cable provider in the Orlando area, is (or at least was, as of a few hours ago) suffering an outage in television service due to a "corrupt database".  The outage only affects television service; reportedly telephone and internet services are unaffected.

So my question is, how does a "corrupt database" interrupt television service on a cable system?  I can see this impacting delivery of encrypted digital channels (the database with the encryption codes might not be accessible) but how would a database be involved in delivery of basic analog cable channel service?