Cable television affected by solar flares?

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  1. OneOfTheseDays

    OneOfTheseDays Diamond Member

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    My digital cable service has recently been plagued by extreme pixelation and dropouts every couple of seconds. All cables are fine and we haven't had problems for the 1.5 years we've had digital cable service. I called TWC today and they told me that the problems are due to excessive solar flares and that the problems should clear up by 3/11/07.

    Does this make any sense to you guys? I would think solar flares would only affect satellite television services, not a land line service like cable television.
     
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  3. The Boston Dangler

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    the cable company recieves every channel over satellite, except local broadcasters usually. twice a year, the sun and satellite(s) align. effectively, you're looking for a match in front of a searchlight.
     
  4. smack Down

    smack Down Diamond Member

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    Does the problem go away at night?
     
  5. imported_iNGEN

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    Depending on the nature of the signal degradation and the relative position of the relevant satellite(s) the problem may remain at night. At least the answer could eliminate a false positive on solar flares being the source of the trouble.
     
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    This ain't high tech ...... kill it
     
  7. OneOfTheseDays

    OneOfTheseDays Diamond Member

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    The effect of solar flares on television transmissions isn't high tech.....?

    Anyways, the problem actually goes away during the day. It's worst at nights.
     
  8. Aluvus

    Aluvus Platinum Member

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    NOAA et al report that solar flare activity has been very low, with none within 24 hours of the report.

    It may be that Time Warner's techs are just fond of the excuse generator.
     
  9. The Boston Dangler

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    solar flares and pre-determined sun outages are completely different things. if you're still having problems for more than a couple days, call the cable company and schdule a service call.

     
  10. Texun

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    As the BD stated, "Sun Outages" are not the same as solar flares. Sun Outages happen a couple of times a year and usually lasts for about two weeks. The timing and severity can vary depending on the location of the satellites being used by the cable company. The sun overpowers the bird's transmit power and cause signal degradation, which is what you see if you get sparkles followed by snow (analog sets) or pixilation (digital converters) for a few minutes in the afternoon. It should be fine at night. There is nothing that can be done about Sun Outages so you should give it a couple of weeks and see if it gets better. If it is happening at night have them send someone to check it out.

    You can read it here... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_outage


     
  11. OneOfTheseDays

    OneOfTheseDays Diamond Member

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    Problem has gone away. Sun outages.....
     
  12. gsellis

    gsellis Diamond Member

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    Based on when you posted, I call shens on TW's excuse. In fact, when it went away, it was the worst time for solar activity during the period.

    K Index

    Flare activity
     
  13. Matt1970

    Matt1970 Lifer

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    They should have blamed it on Swamp Gas.