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Tonight my Bell tv crapped out completely....most unfortunate since I had a friend over and had shelled out 65 bucks for Wrestlemania.

After an hour and a half (two calls, first one dropped) they told me it was a province wide atmospheric issue, yet I've seen no other complaints on here so my bs-meter is chirping.

Anyone else with issues tonight?


Edit by 57 - here's the thread from 2010 for previous information:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=126345

Weather outages can be caused by poor weather over your area, or poor weather over the BTV Uplink facility, located in Toronto. This thread is to track outages that affect the entire country due to weather or other problems at the uplink.

Please see and use the links below for Toronto radar if you have an outage. Please also report the amount of time that your location was "down".

http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=WKR

http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Current.aspx?location=USMI0127&enlarge=true&animate=true


Uplink Outage Dates & Times:

2011.06.08 - Thunderstorm in Toronto after 7PM EDT.

2011.06.24 - Heavy Rain in Toronto after 12PM EDT.

2011.08.07 - Heavy Rain in Toronto around 8PM EDT.

2011.08.09 - Heavy Rain in Toronto around 11AM EDT.

2011.08.21 - Thunderstorm in Toronto around 2:40PM EDT.


If you wish to find other previous similar threads, do a search for "rain snow fade". If your location was down for significantly longer than other people indicate in this thread, then you should consider re-aiming your dish and/or getting a larger dish.
 

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Working good here, we did get some snow/rain tonight so that may have had an effect on your LNB or Switch, i would start there. On your remote Press "Menu", than 6-1-1, are you getting a signal?
 

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I'm in a condo, went into the diagnostics screen and was getting the red x's of doom.
 

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My service is down as well; I live in the Greenwood/Danforth area of Toronto. All of a sudden, around 9:02 PM (approx.) the 'Please standby for the satellite signal' screen popped up, and multiple times over five minutes, it reached '3 out of 5' on the Progress category before retreating to zero. After those five minutes, it remained at zero, and it STILL hasn't changed even once, three and a half hours later now.

I called Bell support a little while ago and heard the 'we are receiving a higher volume of calls' message, so I assumed it was either the snow, or a problem on their end, and hung up. Obviously from reading the TC's message, it is indeed the snow, but our dish is on TOP of the house, not hanging on the side like most of the other houses on our street, and we don't have a ladder that reaches, so we can't try clearing the snow off. I guess we'll have to wait until the weather changes. Thank GOD I didn't watch all of the recorded programs on my PVR, or I'd be screwed in terms of watching TV. I don't care if it's the weather, Bell had better reimburse me for the time I've spent without service.

This hasn't ever happened to us before, but it just reaffirms our plans to switch to the new Fibe TV, considering there's already a Fibre Optic line set up (for the Fibe internet we have).

EDIT: Well what do you know; the MINUTE I posted this message, my service returned. I'm only getting a few channels at the moment, but hey, it's better than nothing! I'm sure everything will be back to normal fairly soon.
 

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Yes. It is effecting south western Ontario some storm is coming ! and was on hold for a long while!
 

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Just spoke with a tech support, the rep said there was "a big cloud" over the satellite that caused the outage. Couldn't believe my ears on that one.
 

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Just spoke with a tech support, the rep said there was "a big cloud" over the satellite that caused the outage. Couldn't believe my ears on that one.
That's perfectly normal on Ku-band which both Bell TV and Shaw Direct uses to transmit their signal. It's called rain fade where the satellite signal will get degraded when it rains a lot or there's a big rain cloud in the path of the satellite signal, especially with the very small 18 to 20 inch satellite dish that Bell provides to its customers. Upgrading to a larger satellite dish would make it a lot harder to lose service during these conditions.
 

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My dish went down as well. Went outside, gave it the "broom treatment" and done--working great again.

Wet sticky snow is the problem.
 

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had the same issue...would certainly suck if I had paid for a PPV like some folks did.

Luckily my dish is close enough to get a broom to it.
 

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I have a Dish Heater on my 75cm aimed Bell Dish, turned it on as soon as I saw Snow sticking, no issues after that.
 

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Major storm rolling over Toronto, signal up and down like crazy. Give it 10 minutes, it should be gone.
 

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Yeah thanks.
Perfect clear skies in the Hammer. Was worried it might have had something to do with the roofer that was here earlier.
 

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So I was in the US visiting family and noticed that their satellite didn't go down while we were stuck in a major rain storm with thunder and lightening. Given the multitude of the storm, I informed my cousin, that my dish would have gone down for sure. I'm like wow! So i asked, what about when it snows? My cousin says no??? I am puzzled as to how Directv never goes down when there are storms (rain, hail, snow etc.) what do they have that Bell doesn't?
 

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I have never had a bad experience with my bev dish. it sits right on the corner of my roof vulnerable to anything. yet no problems even wtih 90 Km/H winds nothing!
 

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BTV only has one uplink, so if there's a huge storm in Toronto, then the entire BTV system is down, country wide, as discussed in post 1 of this thread.

I believe that DirecTV has redundancy. The size and alignment of your dish also matters, again, as mentioned in post 1 for your conditions locally.

numba1killa: As noted in post 1 of this thread and the links there, you would have been down several times last year due to the uplink. What you have at your home is immaterial when the uplink goes down, so the only reason you haven't had a problem is because you weren't watching or recording when the uplink went down a half dozen times in the past year.
 
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