Sun Outages May Affect Your TV Picture

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:

ESPNA&EHistory Channel
ESPN2Spike TVLifetime
NBCSNComedy CentralThe Learning Channel
Big Ten NetworkFox News ChannelBravo
TBS SuperstationCNNHGTV
TNTMSNBCFood Network
FXABC Family ChannelHallmark Channel
USA NetworkDiscovery ChannelMTV

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.