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Sun Outages September 12, 2017

Sun Outages: Look On The Bright Side—They’re Brief

Solar interference with satellites causes temporary TV trouble

Written by Arvig in Home Technology for Your Home

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program…for a sun outage?

The sun gives us light, heat, energy and unfortunately, some temporary inconvenience with our television signals at certain times of the year. If it’s got you a little hot and bothered, keep on the sunny sideit’s temporary.

Sun outages cause short periods of disruption with your television signal during the spring and fall equinoxes. The interference happens when the sun comes into direct contact with a communication satellite, and the sun’s radiation overpowers the signal. This contact can result in a pixelated, fuzzy or frozen picture and distorted sound quality. It’s a twice-yearly natural occurrence that affects all cable and satellite providers and their customers. Sun outages don’t affect internet or phone service. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done to stop outages, but look on the bright sidethey’re seasonal and short-lived.

In the spring, sun outages occur during the last few days of February and the first two weeks of March, between noon and 5 p.m. In the fall, outages happen at the end of September and the first two weeks of October. But there is a ray of sunshine—outages usually only last a few minutes.

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