Cablevision warns of ‘sun outages’ through March 8

The Feb. 28 sun over Suffolk County. (Credit: Michael White)
The Feb. 28 sun over Suffolk County. (Credit: Michael White)

Cablevision officials are warning of brief TV interruptions starting today, Friday, and running through March 8 due to what’s known in the industry as “sun outages.”

“As the sun’s path across the sky gets higher each day, there are times when it goes directly behind a TV satellite and its radiation overpowers the satellite’s signal,” reads a notice sent to customers.

Customer’s Optimum digital cable services may be interrupted for periods of “a few minutes” during the series events, and will return to normal automatically, according to the notice.

The sun outages won’t affect Internet or phone services.

“Since sun outages are a natural occurrence, there’s nothing we can do to prevent them. However, we can let you know what channels will be affected and when,” the officials advised.

The first such occurrences will run from 11:09 a.m. to 1:52 p.m.

Click here for a scheduled of expected times.