Today My wife was watching tv in the bedroom in an attempt to relax after a long week of work. About 90% of the way through her movie the sound started cutting in and out. As with any technology problem I was quickly ushered into the room to investigate.
Previously the coaxial cable has worked it's way lose leading to degraded performance. Thus the cable connection was the first thing I checked. When I bent I over to touch the cable I smelled that undeniable stench of burnt silicon.
For the last few days most of our bedroom outlets and light were inoperable. After unplugging the tv all of the outlets and lights came back. Apparently the tv has been slowly failing resulting in an increased current draw. This additional load would explain the failure of the circuit.
The good news, it was a commercial and my wife was able to finish the movie in the living room without missing a scene.