What You Need to Know About Satellite Sun Outages

Important Information About Your TV Service Due to Satellite Sun Outages

Twice a year, during the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as "sun outages." This Q&A will help you understand what they are and how it will affect you.

What is a sun outage?

A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun's radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.

How long do they last?

Interruption in TV service due to sun outages can last up to several minutes a day.

How do they affect watching TV?

During this time, you may experience interference with picture quality and sound when watching television. Sun outages do not affect internet or phone service.

When do they occur?

This spring, sun outages are expected to occur between February 28 and March 8, 2014 during the
following times:

Date Start End
Friday, February 28, 2014 11:09 AM 1:52 PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014 8:39 AM 4:54 PM
Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:37 AM 4:57 PM
Monday, March 3, 2014 8:35 AM 4:58 PM
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 8:35 AM 4:58 PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 8:34 AM 4:58 PM
Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:35 AM 4:57 PM
Friday, March 7, 2014 8:35 AM 4:56 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:37 AM 2:55 PM

See a full schedule of sun outages by date, time and network.