If your TV picture momentarily turns snowy or blurry during the month of March, it’s probably from a sun outage. This is a natural phenomenon, which occurs twice a year (in the spring and fall).

During these brief “eclipse” periods — when the receive antenna on the earth, the satellite, and the sun are in direct alignment — the sun’s focused “noise” energy overwhelms the video signal from the satellite. Reception becomes degraded and eventually impossible for a brief period of time, usually less than 15 minutes. All communications providers using satellites experience this effect.

The following networks may be affected during the month of March:

ESPN A&E History Channel
ESPN2 Spike TV Lifetime
NBCSN Comedy Central The Learning Channel
Big Ten Network Fox News Channel Bravo
TBS Superstation CNN HGTV
TNT MSNBC Food Network
FX ABC Family Channel Hallmark Channel
USA Network Discovery Channel MTV

There is nothing that can be done from a technical standpoint to prevent the sun outage effects. Fortunately, however, sun outages are a short-term problem and end when the equinox is over. Please contact us if you have any questions or watch the video below for more information.