Sun Outages – Solar Interference
Twice a year, during the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.”
What is a sun outage?
A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.
How long do they last?
Interruption in TV service due to sun outages can last up to several minutes a day.
How do they affect watching TV?
When does this occur?
Solar interference has the potential to affect TV services twice a year during February/March and September/October. Solar interference causes the degradation or loss of satellite signals for short periods of time, up to 15 minutes each day, for 5-7 days. Spring 2017 will range from February 28, 2017 to March 8, 2017.