Monthly Archives: September 2022

‘Sun outages’ may cause TV signal loss

Each spring and fall, TV service for BendBroadband customers experiences a technical phenomenon called “sun outages.” During this period, the positioning of the sun causes solar interference that may temporarily impact TV signals for customers of BendBroadband and all other providers. This fall, the solar satellite interference is expected from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14.

Solar interference happens when the sun’s path across the sky gets lower each day. During the spring and fall for about two weeks, the sun is directly behind the line of sight between an Earth station and a 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. The sun causes “solar interference” to all geostationary satellite signals. It generally happens from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the two weeks. Sun outages typically last as long as 15 minutes a day.  Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease, becoming less noticeable each day. Some channels will experience “macro-blocking” or “tiling” of the picture before and after peak times. These are the channels we receive digitally from the satellite. The duration and severity of the outages will vary from a slight interruption in reception for a few seconds to complete loss of signal for several minutes at a time.

Unfortunately, there is technically nothing BendBroadband 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.

Catch a free preview of NFL RedZone

Catch a free preview of NFL RedZone

BendBroadband and the NFL RedZone are offering a free preview on Sunday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 6. Scott Hanson kicks off every Sunday with seven straight hours of live football, featuring up to eight games at once within the Octo-box. NFL RedZone brings you every touchdown from every game, every Sunday afternoon during the… Continue Reading

BendBroadband presents donation in memory of Safeway shooting victims

BendBroadband presents donation in memory of Safeway shooting victims

BendBroadband presented a donation of money and goods to the Central Oregon Veterans Outreach Center (COVO) in memory of the victims of the Aug. 28 Safeway store shooting, and the company is encouraging others looking for ways to help to give back to their community. BendBroadband associates visited COVO on Sept. 8 to present a… Continue Reading

As Thursday night football shifts to Amazon Prime Video, TDS TV+ unites streaming apps in one place

As Thursday night football shifts to Amazon Prime Video, TDS TV+ unites streaming apps in one place

Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive home of Thursday night NFL games this year, marking the first time an NFL slate is available only on a streaming service. If you’re a TDS TV®+ subscriber, you can enjoy a seamless viewing experience between streaming apps and other programming. TDS TV+ brings streaming services like Prime Video*… Continue Reading

New on TV this fall

New on TV this fall

The upcoming television season is sure to excite! From broadcast to streaming, here’s a look at some of the new shows and season premieres in Fall 2022. To subscribe to BendBroadband TV, call 541-803-8087 or visit our website. ABC Abbott Elementary Season 2: Sept. 21 A documentary crew follows the teachers at Willard R. Abbott… Continue Reading

TV Everywhere is included with every TV subscription

TV Everywhere is included with every TV subscription

We’re more mobile than ever before and we’re adding fresh content all the time. With TV Everywhere, you can watch your favorite shows, news or sporting events on your internet-connected devices on your own schedule. The best part, TV Everywhere is included at no cost with every BendBroadband TV and TDS TV+ subscription. Wherever you… Continue Reading