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DirecTV Restores Multiple Channels After Nationwide Outage

DirecTV, the largest satellite provider in the U.S., said Tuesday it was experiencing outages of several national channels.

“We are aware of the outage involving several HD channels and some SD channels and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” a rep for the satcaster said. “We’ll share more information as it becomes available. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

[UPDATE, 2:25 p.m. PT: A rep said DirecTV has restored all affected channels. The outages stemmed from technical issues on the ground, according to the spokesman, who declined to provide additional information. Earlier unconfirmed reports said the outages were caused by a “solar flare” that interrupted satellite signals.]

The outages appear to have begun affecting satellite TV customers at around 10 a.m. Pacific. DirecTV, which is now owned by AT&T, issued a tweet about the technical problems at about 11:05 PT.

DirecTV had 19.78 million customers in the U.S. at the end of 2015, after adding a net 214,000 in the fourth quarter.

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