Have you ever been intently watching TV only to have the signal die out? That’s exactly what happened to more than 112 million people watching the 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Sea Hawks. Or at least that what Chevrolet tricked them to believe.

The automaker’s genius commercial aired just minutes before kickoff. It started off with what seemed like a live video feed of the stadium, only to turn into static and then into a black screen. With folks’ attention, Chevy gave a solution to the viewers’ worst nightmares by saying the new Chevy Colorado has built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi where uninterrupted video streaming could take place.

I’m sure the “unintended interruption” caught more than a handful of people off guard, resulting in a few expletives accompanied by the spilling of beverages and throwing of food. How about you? Did Chevrolet catch you by surprise with this advertisement? Let us know in the comments below.


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DETROIT – Minutes before the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX on NBC, Chevrolet shocked 100 million viewers into thinking that their TVs had failed – only to command their attention seconds later to the Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year®.

The spot, “Blackout,” appeared to be a live game feed that transitioned to static and ultimately to a blank screen. Viewers were quickly relieved to find the ‘disruption’ was intentional. Chevrolet then explained that having 4G LTE Wi-Fi in a Colorado, at a time like this, could allow uninterrupted live streaming of the game. The spot closed with AC/DC’s iconic “Back in Black,” the anthem for the Colorado since launch.

The Colorado bookends the game with new advertising in the pre- and post-game, all to amplify Colorado’s unanimous win of Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year award, and its groundbreaking 4G technology. The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player will receive an all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado after the game.

“When you have a groundbreaking product like the Chevy Colorado, you must deliver groundbreaking advertising like we are today." said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing.

The additional spots running pre- and postgame are “Focus Group - Rugged,” “Focus Group - Sexier,” “Focus Group - Pets” and “Theme Song.”

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