Satellite Failure Knocks Out Dish's HD Channels Nationwide

A satellite system malfunction forced Dish Network customers to go without HD programming Tuesday night, forcing those affected to suffer the indignity of having to watch Sons of Anarchy in standard definition. The problem affected satellite location 129, which includes many HD channels, such as Comedy Central, FX, Cartoon Network and ESPN 2, and was expected to be fixed this morning.

Dish Network put this message up Tuesday:

We are currently experiencing an interruption affecting the 129 orbital satellite location causing an HD signal outage in some areas. We have identified the issue and based on our current estimates, the situation should be corrected overnight and your HD channels should be restored in the morning. In the meantime, you can unplug your receiver from the main power source and plug it back in to see your standard definition channels. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Here’s a list of the downed channels.

HD Channel Outage [Dish Network via Engadget]