Saturday, May 22, 2010

Out of Control Satellite May Affect Cable TV Service Starting This Weekend

Special to the Director's Cut Blog
By Dave Summers

 PARMA -- If you can't find your favorite show this weekend, don't adjust your television set. The trouble may be...22 thousand miles above the earth.

Last month Intelsat lost control of its communications satellite called "Galaxy 15". Since then it has been floating eastward and this weekend or next, it is expected to drift into the orbit of another communications satellite. That could interfere with cable programing across the U.S.

Cable networks that could be affected are MTV, Discovery Communications, Comcast Network groups, and A&E Television.

Cox Communications in Parma says there is no need to panic here in Northeast Ohio.

"We don't anticipate needing to use our contingency plans but we do have them in place to make sure our customers are taken care of. We will do anything in our power to keep service on for our customers," Cox Communications Programing V.P. Tim Tanda said.

We received a statement by email from Warner Cable indicating much the same thing.

It says we're monitoring the situation and have a series of solutions that will be implemented if programming is disrupted

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