Solar Flares May Disrupt TV

Twice a year during the spring and autumn equinox seasons, an increase in solar flares may affect the cable television feed and cause interruptions in television services. When the sun is directly behind a satellite from the perspective of the receiving antenna, degradation of satellite reception may result in a solar outage. When the sun's energy overpowers the signal being transmitted by the satellite, the link is disrupted for a few minutes and typically returns without issue.

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

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