Possible TV interruptions due to solar flares

Posted by Conner Williams | Mar 3, 2022
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Possible TV interruptions due to solar flares

During the upcoming Spring Equinox and the surrounding weeks, there is a chance that television services may see interruptions due to an increase in solar flares. This happens for about one week twice per year during the spring and fall equinox seasons and could affect the Cable TV feed. 

A solar outage refers to the degradation of satellite reception due to the sun being directly behind a satellite from the perspective of our receiving antenna. The sun's energy overpowers the signal being transmitted by the satellite and typically takes the link down for a few minutes. Typically, the service interruption is just for a short period and then returns without issue.

As BCT provides content from about a dozen satellites, different channels may experience these sporadic (but temporary) outages at various times. We expect to see interruptions between March 4 and March 8 lasting up to 8 minutes at a time. 

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