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Sun Outages Spring 2018
Posted by Steven G on 01 March 2018 07:58 AM

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: 3/2/2018 – 3/9/2018 from 09:45- 16:37.

All AFN channels, Cartoon Network, Animal Planet, Fox Network Japan, TCM, CNNj, HNN, EWTN, BBC World, Fox Business Network, National Geographic, The Golf Channel, Fox Crime, 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: 3/3/2018 – 3/9/2018 from 08:00-16:40

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

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: 3/2/2018 – 3/9/2018 from 00:45-06:40

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

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