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 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 spring and fall and last approximately a week each time. During the sun outage, you may experience a pixelated or frozen picture or audio distortion for a brief period. This spring, sun outages are expected the last week in February and the first week of March. Signal loss may last from 5 to 45 minutes.