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Don’t touch that dial… it’s just a sun outage

Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2011

SDN’s business customers might not know that we also operate a cable headend (a satellite receiver and all the electronics) delivering digital cable TV services to more than 80 rural South Dakota communities. It’s a service we provide for nine of our 17 owner companies.


This is the time of year when all satellite services, including cable television, suffer from sun outages.  In brief summary, the sun outages occur twice a year, generally around spring and fall equinox, when the Sun is in direct alignment with satellites. The sun’s radiation overpowers the satellite signal for brief intervals, sometimes lasting up to 15 minutes.  In our geographic region, cable company services experience the signal degradation between 1pm and 5pm. This 2011 spring schedule started Feb 26th and will run through Mar 11th for our geographical location.


Learn more about sun outages here. In the meantime, be patient with your cable provider. It’s proof that nature still trumps technology.


Billy Volek

Engineering Technician