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Sun Outages

For a two-week period in both the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of video interference, due to a phenomena known as sun outages.

The 2015 Fall Sun Outage, will begin October 5th and last through October 12th. During these days, between approximately 1 PM and 5 PM each channel will see a 1 to 3 minute disruption as the sun travels across the horizon.

Sun outages are a normal consequence of satellite communications. Our programmers send us their signal via a satellite downlink. The interference is caused when the sun is in a direct line with a communication satellite. The sun's radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

Related disruptions in service typically last about 15 minutes per day, per satellite. Some symptoms of sun outage include:


  • static, sparkles or fading picture
  • frozen picture
  • black screen
  • snow


  • hissing
  • popping
  • stutters



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