Spring Solar Outages

3RTV subscribers please note: Although it may not feel like spring is near, spring solar outages are here. Twice a year, 3RTV viewers (and ALL TV viewers) across our area may experience brief signal pixelization, interference or loss of signal as the various satellites providing programming feeds pass in front of the sun. This phenomenon, known as a solar outage, occurs for a few weeks in the fall and then again in the spring. This spring, the outages begin early March and continue throughout the month.

These service disruptions are temporary, and picture quality will be restored within a few minutes. Most solar outages occur around midday and last anywhere from five to 15 minutes. Some outages may occur at other times, depending on the satellite.