Friday, May 21, 2010

Zombie Satellite (Galaxy 15) Threatens TV Quality

A TV communication satellite (Galaxy 15 “The Zombie Satellite”) began drifting out of control on April 5, 2010. This rogue satellite is going to pass through another satellite’s position (AMC-11) that carries TV channels. These two satellites will not collide. However, there is potential that there could be an interruption of some channels for most or all of our customers as these two satellites closely pass by each other.
AMC-11 broadcasts approximately 130 TV channels covering all of the United States.
This is a national issue. Any provider that receives signals from AMC-11 (including Time Warner Cable, other cable companies, and satellite companies) could be affected.

In the coming months, this rogue satellite (the Zombie) will pass three satellites. The window for this first “close encounter” is between Sunday, May 23, and Sunday, June 6. The greatest potential likelihood for service interruptions will occur between May 30 and June 1, when Galaxy 15 will be closest to AMC-11. While there is nothing that can be done to stop this rogue satellite from its current course, you can be assured that the cable/satellite companies, and all the affected networks and the other TV entertainment companies, are working together and doing everything that we can to avoid any type of service interruption.
There is a very small chance of service interruption. The situation is being monitored very closely.

-More info Here