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 Spring Sun Outage, will begin March 1st and last through March 8th. 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