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Title sequence for an SCP-XXXX-A instance.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: A digital description of SCP-XXXX's configuration is to be stored offline in a secure, TEMPEST-certified1 device. Physical recordings of SCP-XXXX-A instances are to be converted to digital files (DV-AVI Type 2) and stored alongside this file; analog copies are to be incinerated. Access to both the file containing SCP-XXXX and recordings of SCP-XXXX-A instances are restricted to Level-4 personnel.

Foundation agents monitoring flea-markets, yard-sales, and property auctions for anomalous activity are to be briefed on the existence of SCP-XXXX-A instances. Any analog tape suspected of containing partial or complete SCP-XXXX-A instances is to be purchased for review.

A Foundation-operated bot (I/O-SAURON) is to monitor online communities for discussions regarding the existence of SCP-XXXX-A instances. A joint operation involving MTF Mu-4 ("Debuggers") and MTF Gamma-5 ("Red Herrings") is to be conducted to investigate these discussions and determine whether participants possess either recorded instances of SCP-XXXX-A or knowledge of SCP-XXXX. All recordings are to be recovered, and action is to be taken to discredit the existence of SCP-XXXX-A instances as hoaxes or urban legends. Any screen captures or digital copies of SCP-XXXX-A instances are to be replaced with doctored images to further perpetuate this narrative.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an electromagnetic signal which, when used to overpower other broadcasts, can modify these broadcasts to produce new, modified content (instances of SCP-XXXX-A). These alterations only take effect when SCP-XXXX is projected over broadcasts of fictional, episodic television programs which were filmed after 1977.

SCP-XXXX-A instances are content modified by SCP-XXXX. Non-diegetic2 elements (laugh-tracks, musical cues, title sequences, credit sequences) are unaltered; however, if the program was filmed after 1977, the remaining content will radically diverge from its source material.

SCP-XXXX-A instances contain no dialogue or living characters; instead, they consist of an unmoving camera focused on a hyper-realistic version of their original set. These sets show signs of violent struggle, rapid evacuation, and extended abandonment. Careful analysis of each video has found that time progresses from episode to episode (mold will grow, food will rot, and corpses will decompose). Otherwise, no significant events occur either during or in-between episodes.

Addendum XXXX.1: History

The first known occurrence of SCP-XXXX was at 12:32 am (EST) on April 27, 1986, when NBC3 experienced an interruption in their satellite signal feed. Viewers in Long Island, Hauppauge (New York, USA) called NBC's offices to lodge complaints regarding an episode of Cheers (an American television situational comedy set inside a bar in Boston, Massachusetts) which featured an extended, uninterrupted shot of a dark and empty bar.

Additional intrusive broadcasts occurred throughout North America during the 80s; in 1984, Foundation personnel succeeded in isolating the overlaying signal and designated it as SCP-XXXX. On November 22, 1987, SCP-XXXX was reported to interrupt a broadcast of Full House (an American situational comedy set in San Francisco involving a widowed father, his brother-in-law, and his best friend working together to raise their three daughters). To date, this remains the last known occurrence of SCP-XXXX outside of Foundation testing.