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The sun’s energy could knock out your favorite television programming.

Cable and satellite companies are warning customers of possible outages because of the positioning of the sun. Between October 5th and October 19th, programming may cut out for up to 10 minutes at a time.

The outages are possible twice a year, when the satellites that transmit television signals from space are in the direct path of the sun. The sun’s energy overpowers the signals and keeps them from reaching ground-based satellite dishes.

Local Channel 13 programming to Mediacom customers won’t be affected because our signal is transmitted through fiberoptic lines, however Antenna TV may experience outages.

Dish and DirectTV customers may lose the signal for short periods of time and satellite radio programs will also be affected.

Off-air signals will not be disturbed.