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:
|NBCSN||Comedy Central||The Learning Channel|
|Big Ten Network||Fox News Channel||Bravo|
|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.