Sun Outages or Solar interference occurs every February/March and September/October of each year, and results in the degradation or loss of satellite signal for short periods of time each day for about two weeks. We may see these outages between March 1 and March 14.
Solar interference is an inherent part of satellite operations. The effects will be seen on most channels and will occur during various times of the day. Interruptions can last from just a few minutes to up to 15 minutes a day and can range from mild to severe.
A Sun Outage takes place when the orbital positions of the satellite and the sun are in one line. The earth station receives signals from both, but the more powerful sun rays subdue the desired signal, causing a loss of service. Since Cable TV Beam receives its signals from a variety of satellites, the Solar Outages can occur at different times on different channels.
Note: Sun Outages do not affect Internet service.