Sun Outages May Impact Some Cable TV Channels

Monday September 25, 2023

Twice a year, you may experience some degree of television interference due to “sun outages.” Such outages are caused by a phenomenon called a “solar satellite interference.” These brief outages occur when the sun is in a direct line behind a satellite transmitting cable signals. When the sun is aligned with a satellite, solar radiation interferes with the satellite’s signal and causes a brief signal outage.

Sun outages occur every year in the Fall and Spring, and last about a week each time. This Fall, sun outages are expected between October 5-12, 2023. The exact time will vary from channel to channel and may last for several minutes.

During the sun outage, you may experience a pixelated picture, picture freezes, or audio distortions for a brief period of time.

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