Cable TV Support

Why are my cable services interrupted for EAS Alerts?

Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a warning system required by the Federal Communications Commission. In the event of a severe weather situation or emergency alert, programming is interrupted, including PPV and VOD, with an attention-getting tone, and an audio and visual message.

The Emergency Alert System is jointly coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Weather Service (NOAA/NWS).

Digital television and cable providers, along with Sirius XM satellite radio, in-band on-channel (IBOC), Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and digital radio broadcasters have been required to participate in the EAS alerts since December 31, 2006. DirecTV, Dish Network and all other direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) providers have been required to participate since May 31, 2007.

Midco® cooperates with the EAS guidelines which are designed and proven to save lives in the event of severe weather. If you have any additional questions, please contact Public Policy at 1.800.888.1300.