Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sun outages are coming  February 27 to March 9

Sun outages are coming February 27 to March 9

This is out of our control and all down to Mother Nature. Each Spring and Fall, cable companies experience a technical phenomenon called “sun outages.” 

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For a period of about two weeks, the sun causes “solar interference” to all geostationary satellite signals. As the sun’s path across the sky gets lower each day, there are times when it is in a direct line behind a communication satellite that is sending signals to a receiving satellite antenna here on earth. When the antenna is looking into the sun, the interference from the sun overrides the signals from the satellite. This is when a sun outage occurs.

Sun outages typically occur during the months of February/March and September/October, and can last as long as 15 minutes a day over a period of 15 days.

The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the 15 day period. Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease becoming less noticeable each day after.

Unfortunately, there is technically nothing we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring. Each satellite service that we receive signals from will experience this interference in the time frame mentioned above.

At first, the effects of a sun outage are minimal, Gradually, it worsens to the point of total outage. Some channels that we receive digitally from the satellite will experience “macro-blocking” or “tiling” (as seen in the picture below) before and after the peak times.

 

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KTVZ and KFXO service notification

As a courtesy, we’d like to let customers know that KTVZ will be completing a service upgrade overnight this week. The upgrade will cause all viewers, including our customers, to lose video signal from KTVZ or KFXO from 12:40 a.m.to approximately 3:40 a.m. on Friday, February 27. Continue Reading

ROOT Sports returning to BendBroadband Channel Lineup

BendBroadband and ROOT SPORTS announced today that the regional sports network will re-launch to BendBroadband customers on March 1, 2015. The network will be part of the Essentials and Preferred packages. The popular sports network brings an extensive line-up of regional sports programming including more than 350 LIVE event telecasts of the Seattle Mariners, Portland… Continue Reading

Safeguard your personal information and your digital footprint

Eighty-four percent of Americans feel a lot or a tremendous amount of responsibility to protect their personal information, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance. Chances are you’re one of them.                     It’s understandable. Information stored online paints a portrait of us. No one wants that… Continue Reading

Bring on the March Madness!

The phenomenon that grips sports fans across the nation is just around the corner. March Madness kicks off March 17, when the battle for college basketball’s biggest prize commences. Excitement is high throughout this single-elimination tournament. There’s the frenzy of so many games being played in quick succession, the unexpected victories, the euphoria of winning… Continue Reading

Movies On Demand for February 2015

Movies On Demand for February 2015

BIG HERO 6  From the creators of Frozen, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy, Hiro Hamada. Stars Scott Adsit and Ryan Pott. Premieres February 24. Movie Rating: PG © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY… Continue Reading