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#pounditWednesday, May 22, 2024

Blue ad causes odd glitch with Juan Soto’s face

Juan Soto looking blue

No, New York Yankees slugger Juan Soto has not joined the Blue Man Group.

It’s easy to understand how some may be confused, however. After all, if you tuned in for Game 2 of the season-opening series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, you couldn’t help but to notice a little something different about Soto’s face. He looked a lot like Violet Beauregarde — the blueberry girl — from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

The odd visual glitch, caused by a blue FanDuel ad (overlayed upon a green screen), on Apple TV quickly went viral. Fans expressed their frustration not only with the broadcast but, of course, the umpire as well.

There were also numerous complaints about the announcers sounding very distant even with volumes turned up to max, which became problematic when ads were run.

Apple has not released a statement on the glitch or why it only appeared to turn Soto’s face blue. But needless to say, it’s a rough start to the season for the Apple TV broadcasts.

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