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Sun Outages Fall 2017
Posted by Ryan Barnard on 03 October 2017 01:35 PM

Sun Outages

Each Spring and Fall there is a phenomenon called "solar transit outages" or commonly known as “sun outages” for a period of approximately two weeks.  During these sun outages, the sun causes solar interference to all geostationary satellite signals typically during the months of February/March and September/October which can last as long as 15 minutes a day over a period of 15 days. The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the 15 day period. Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease becoming less noticeable each day.

Unfortunately, there is technically nothing we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring.  Each satellite service that we receive signals from will experience this interference at predictable times.

Americable receives programming from a variety of Satellites both in Los Angeles and Yokosuka so although the outage window may be several hours the actual outage time any individual channel should not exceed 15-20 minutes.

Local Channels affected: (Satellite channels that are received locally in Japan and broadcast Live) Predicted sun outage:  10/4/2017 – 10/9/2017 from 08:27-16:13.

All AFN channels, Cartoon Network, Fox Network Japan, TCM, CNNj, HNN, EWTN, BBC World, Fox Business Network, National Geographic, AXN, TFC, GMA, GMA Life

Time Delayed: (Satellite channels that are received in the U.S. and sent to Japan where they are time shifted to match playback times in the U.S.) Predicted sun outage:  10/5/2017 – 10/10/2017 from 09:10-14:15.

Freeform, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TV Land, Travel Channel, TLC, Food Network, HGTV, A&E, FX Network, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, Fox Movie Channel, Spike TV, Comedy Central, History, CMT, MTV, MTV 2, VH1, BET, Univision, Galavision, History International, Military History, Animal Planet, Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Sportsman, Discovery Science, Outdoor, Investigation Discovery, Crime & Investigation, Fox Classics, Discovery Family, Cooking Channel, OWN ~ Oprah Network, fyi,, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie, Lifetime Real Women, DIY Do It Yourself, The Movie Channel, Showtime, Showtime 2, Showtime Family, FXX, USA, SyFy, Fox Sports 2, Viceland, PBS, The Golf Channel

Live: (Satellite Channels that are received in the U.S. and sent to Japan but are not time shifted due to being time sensitive such as news and sports) Predicted sun outage:  10/5/2017 – 10/10/2017 from 01:10-06:30

Fox Sports 1, Fox News, Sportsman, Big 10 Network, CBS College Sports, Fox College Sports AT, Fox College Sports CN, Fox College Sports PAC, ESPN, ESPN 2, All DMX Digital Audio channels


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