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Monthly Archives: September 2016

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 4 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 4 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Channel 706
    • Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots – Channel 707
    • Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins – Channel 708
    • Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Channel 709
    • Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – Channel 710
    • Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets – Channel 711
  • 4pm EDT
    • Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 712
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 713
    • New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers – Channel 714
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

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First Presidential Tonight on Broadcast and Cable TV

The polls have candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in almost a dead heat on the brink of the first presidential debate, airing tonight from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Beginning at 9pm Eastern Time, the debate will air on all the major broadcast news networks, as well as many PBS affiliates and cable TV news networks.

Here is the format for the debate, via US Presidential Election News:

The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Traditional TV options to watch the debate include NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision (Spanish language), C-SPAN and CNN. Facebook and Twitter will offer streaming coverage of the debates for those who don’t want to watch on traditional TV, and there is even a virtual reality option via NBC and Altspace VR.

Stay informed and tune in tonight.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 3 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 3 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals – Channel 705
    • Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 706
    • Cleveland Browns at Miami Dolphins – Channel 707
    • Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans – Channel 708
    • Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills – Channel 709
    • Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Channel 710
    • Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – Channel 711
    • Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Channel 712
  • 4pm EDT
    • San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 713
    • Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts – Channel 715
    • New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs – Channel 716
    • Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles – Channel 717

Enjoy the games!

Canadian Company Gets into the High Speed Internet Game in Connecticut

The fastest internet speeds in the state of Connecticut don’t come from any of the usual suspects, with high speed internet providers being left behind, and no, it’s not Google Fiber coming to bring gigabit speeds to the Constitution State. Instead, Atlantic Broadband, a Canadian company, will be the first ultra high speed provider for Connecticut, with more than 37,000 homes and businesses in Eastern Connecticut receiving the service that launched last week.

More from the Hartford Courant:

Bringing so-called gigabit service to Connecticut is an important step as state officials seek to establish the high-speed service in the state, insisting it will boost business and economic development, speeding up streaming, video and online transactions.

David Isenberg, president of Atlantic Broadband, said the high-speed service “will transform the way people communicate, work and play online” and could have a positive impact on the local economy and attract new businesses.

A “gig” refers to internet speeds of one gigabit-per-second, with one gig about 100 times faster than the average household Internet speed. A gigabit is equal to 1,000 megabits.

Nationally, internet speeds average about nine megabits per second, according to Comptroller Kevin Lembo, who is working with state Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz to broaden high-speeed service in Connecticut.

Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc., a cable operator in Quebec and Ontario, says customers may download a two-hour HD movie in 32 seconds and send a large file 250 megabits in size to the office in 40 seconds.

Residential service costs $89.99 a month and businesses pay $249.99 a month.

Paul Cianelli, president of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association, called Atlantic Broadband’s new service the “first foray” in Connecticut into high-speed residential internet service.

The major players in the US, such as Comcast and Charter, are not in danger yet, but the more that companies like this make inroads and offer superior services, the more people who are already looking to get away from the big cable providers—particularly those who have already, or want to, get rid of their cable TV service, will be ready to cut that cord.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 2 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 2 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Channel 705
    • Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions – Channel 706
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – Channel 707
    • Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – Channel 708
    • Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 709
    • San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Channel 710
    • New Orleans Saints at New York Giants – Channel 711
    • Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 713
    • Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – Channel 715
    • Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders – Channel 716
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers – Channel 717

Enjoy the games!

Will Amazon Steal Live Sports from Cable TV?

It is a well-known truism in the business of cable TV that live sports makes up the majority of programming that people prefer to watch live rather than recording on DVR to watch later—and skip the commercials that provide the ad revenue the networks and cable channels need to stay afloat. In fact, the only thing stopping many sports fans from cutting the cord is their inability to watch live sports on streaming services, they way they do with TV shows and movies on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

That could all be changing soon, though with Amazon seeking live sports streaming rights. Here’s more from Bloomberg:

The world’s largest online retailer has expressed interest in sports with global appeal, such as tennis, golf, soccer and auto racing, said the people, who took part in talks and asked not to be identified discussing private business plans. Amazon is also interested in popular U.S. sports, such as basketball and baseball, though most rights are unavailable for the foreseeable future.

With live sports, Amazon could offer programming viewers can’t get from rivals like Netflix, and erode the traditional media companies’ hold on some of the most valuable TV fare. Seattle-based Amazon already spends billions of dollars a year to offer TV shows and movies on demand and has been exploring the creation of a live online pay-TV service since late 2015.

“Amazon has been leaning forward on sports. They want to be a new age MSO,” said Tennis Channel Chief Executive Officer Ken Solomon, using the acronym for multiple-system operator, an industry term for cable and satellite companies.

Niche sports fans may be the first to jump ship over to Amazon if they do succeed, with popular American sports like the NBA and NFL locked up rights-wise for the near future. But if Amazon can show success with smaller-appeal sports, the bigger leagues will have to take notice. And that could be bad for traditional cable TV and satellite TV providers.

Top Four Cable TV Overnight Ratings were ESPN College Football Broadcasts

ESPN and ABC, both owned by Disney, owned the Saturday ratings on the first weekend of college football, with the complementary networks garnering the top four overnight ratings, with the USC-Alabama primetime game and the LSU-Wisconsin late afternoon game grabbing 4.9 ratings. The Houston-Oklahoma game came in just below with a 4.0 rating and Clemson-Auburn, on ESPN in primetime, earning a 2.8 rating.

More from ESPN:

The first Saturday of the college football season, combined with US Open coverage, resulted in one of the largest days ever for ESPN streaming audiences with 249.1 million minutes viewed and 2.7 million unique users. This is good for third and fifth, respectively, for the product in any single day.

Overall, four games had streaming audiences surpass 500,000 unique viewers and 100,000 average minute audience, with the Georgia-North Carolina game at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN (529,000 unique viewers and 102,000 average minute audience)  joining the previously mentioned LSU-Wisconsin, Oklahoma-Houston and USC-Alabama games.

With both a broadcast/cable TV ratings and streaming audience victory, ESPN proves again that sports are what people will sit down and watch live.

ESPN airs on channel 206 on DIRECTV.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 1 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 1 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens – Channel 705
    • San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Channel 706
    • Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets – Channel 707
    • Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles – Channel 708
    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – Channel 709
    • Chicago Bears at Houston Texans – Channel 710
    • Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 711
    • Oakland Raiders at New Orleans Saints – Channel 712
    • Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans – Channel 713
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks – Channel 714
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Channel 715
    • Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts – Channel 716

Enjoy the games!