Fall 2021 Sun TV Outages: October 5-9

What is a Sun Outage?

An astronomical phenomenon called a sun outage disrupts cable TV service for a handful of days twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Sun outages, sometimes called solar transits or sun fades, occur around the spring and summer equinoxes. At these times, the sun’s low path in the sky takes it directly behind a communication satellite that transmits signals to a station on earth. The sun’s rays interfere with the signals between the communication satellite and the earth station.

When will the next Sun Outage occur?

The Fall Sun Outage will occur will be during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day from Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 through Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.

What kind of outage can I expect? How will this affect me?

For about 10-15 minutes each day during the Sun Outage dates and times mentioned above, our subscribers may notice the following effects of the solar outage: blocks on your screen, stuttering, pixelization, loss of audio or momentary freezing on your TV. You might even lose certain channels completely during this time. The Sun Outage does NOT affect internet or phone services.

What should I do during a Sun Outage?

This outage is a naturally occurring event. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do and nothing we can do about the mighty sun and solar satellite interference. If you experience interruptions in your television service during the time frames listed above, please be patient, the issues subside after a brief time and there is nothing you need to do.

For a full list of Sun Outages, click HERE.