What are Sun Outages?

Twice a year, you may experience some degree of television interference due to “sun outages.” Such outages are caused by a phenomenon called a “solar satellite interference.” These brief outages occur when the sun is in a direct line behind a satellite transmitting cable signals. When the sun is aligned with a satellite, solar radiation, an energy the sun is emitting, interferes with the satellite’s signal and thus causes a brief signal outage.

What kind of outAGE CAN I EXPECT?

During the sun outage, you may experience a pixelated picture, picture freezes, or audio distortions for a brief period of time.

WHen do they happen and how long do they last?

Sun outages occur every year, in fall and spring, and last approximately about a week each time. This fall, sun outages are expected between October 4th and October 13th 2021. The exact time and duration will vary from channel to channel. This is due to channels being received off different satellites in the arc. Each satellite is affected at a different time as the sun moves across the satellite arc. The approximate times for signal loss will be between 10:30am and 5:30pm and will last for approximately five to fifteen minutes depending on the size of the dish.


The sun outage happens only during the day between 10:30am and 5:30pm (no sun, no interference) and is brief, lasting for a few minutes—from 5 minutes, up to 15 minutes.

What should i do suring a sun outage?

We apologize for any inconvenience a sun outage may cause. However it is out of our control, everything should return back to normal shortly.