If your TV reception is fuzzy and the sound is a bit off at times in the next few days, don’t blame your cable company — blame it on the sun. Sunspot activity will affect thousands of subscribers for several minutes at a time between Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 12th.
Twice a year, during the spring and fall, you may experience some degree of television interference due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.”
A sun outage is an interruption in satellite signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication satellite and the sun’s radiation overwhelms the satellite signal.
Interruption in TV service due to sun outages can last up to several minutes a day. During this time, you may experience interference with picture quality and sound when watching television. Sun outages do not affect internet or phone service.