August 8, 2011 2 Comments
Well, no. Although someone over at Clare’s would beg to differ…
…it’s completely overcast the whole of Auckland … And guess what, there’s the live All Blacks game at Eden Park on TV tonight – big deal…they’ve got it covered though, becasue there ain’t no sun to interfere with their satellite transmission, not that there would have been at 7.30pm anyway – just testing for the real thing though, eh … I say there is absolutely no chance of the sun getting in the way of their precious satellite transmission ($$$$) for the World Cup or any other satellite transmission – they already have that sorted with the white haze and grey CRAP they put up into our beautiful skies. I’m currently of the belief that that crap up there, [aerosol material], IS for their satellite transmissions …
It is, of course, true that there’s a chance that the sun might interfere with live TV broadcasts during the cup, as the satellite supplying all the NZ broadcasters, is going to be passing in front of the sun around that time. From the Herald…
Sun outages happen during the summer and winter equinoxes in April and September, when day and night are of equal length. The phenomenon occurs when the satellite passes directly between the antenna on earth and the sun. All World Cup broadcasters share the same satellite – Optus D1. Sun outages would hit regions at slightly different times but disruptions would last for a quarter of an hour each day, for a fortnight, TVNZ Transmission services manager Wayne Huggard told NZPA. Viewers who had a standard satellite-dish would experience outages between September 4 and September 12. The peak outage would be at 1.20pm at on September 8, and last for 14 minutes
Bummer. So how is this likely to affect the “precious satellite transmission ($$$$)” of actual World Cup games?
A pool match between Scotland and Romania on September 10 at 1pm has been scheduled during a sun outage.
And that’s it. One game. And remember, this outage is only affecting NZ viewers, who are a tiny proportion of the world-wide audience. To protect their precious $$$$, the powers-that-be are supposedly pumping aerosol material into the atmosphere to save a few minutes of broadcast time for those of us here in NZ who are desperate to watch the Scots beat up their Eastern European cousins.
Even worse, whether it’s cloudy or not will make little difference to the sun’s effect on the broadcast. What’s relevant is that sun outages cause interference in the microwave part of the spectrum, which is the same bandwidth satellites use for broadcasting. Cloud coverage is irrelevant (which is why satellite transmissions continue to work when it’s cloudy), although you do run the risk of rain fade should it get too damp up there.
Someone should have a word to the Corporations physics team before they waste any more of their precious $$$$ on unnecessary and ineffectual chemtrailing missions.