Did Lady Mary choose the dashing Lord Gillingham or the even-more-dashing Charles Blake? Has Mr. Bates solved his problems with the dastardly Mr. Green, or has he just created new ones?
Fans of “Masterpiece: Downton Abbey” who were watching the season finale on Cox Cable’s Channel 8 on Sunday night can’t answer those questions. Problems with a piece of equipment froze the broadcast of the two-hour finale shortly after 9 p.m., just when the second half had started. The problem persisted until 11 p.m., when technicians were able to fix it, said Sarah Kauffman, a spokeswoman for Cox Communications in Wichita.
KPTS and Cox got phone calls and e-mails from frustrated viewers. But fans of the series can still see the finale, said Pat Moyer, the director of content for KPTS.
The show will re-air at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning on channels 8 and 2008. Non-night owls without DVRs can also catch it at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, when the station will offer an additional rebroadcast.
It also will air again at 9 p.m. Sunday on Channel 8.2, which is channel 671 on Cox, Moyer said.
The equipment problem is not something Cox anticipates will happen again, Kauffman said. It affected Cox subscribers watching only non-high-definition channels. Those watching “Downton Abbey” on 2008, the high definition channel for KPTS, were not affected, she said.