Sun Outages cause brief disruptions to MeTV

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If you’ve noticed disruptions to your favorite MeTV shows or experienced occasional interruptions to your signal, don’t worry, it’s not you—or us, but rather the sun!

What’s happening is a natural phenomenon known as a Sun Outage, and it happens twice a year.

A Sun Outage is an interruption in or distortion of satellite signals caused by interference (background noise) of the sun when it falls directly behind a satellite which an earth station is trying to receive data from or transmit data to. It usually occurs briefly to such satellites twice per year and such earth stations install temporary or permanent guards to their receiving systems to prevent equipment damage. These outages usually happen before the March and September Equinoxes.

These outages are brief and usually last for around ten minutes.  

We apologize for the interruptions in your favorite programming. These outages will be ending in the next couple of days and normal programming will resume.  

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