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NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 31-February 6

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 31. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 31
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, February 1
    • Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on ESPN
    • Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, February 2
    • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets, 8pm on TNT
    • Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, February 3
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 8pm on ESPN
    • Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, February 4
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, February 5
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics, 2pm on ABC
  • Monday, February 6
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards, 7pm on TNT
    • San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

Virginia Improving High Speed Internet Access for Students

Many students across the nation, especially those in rural areas, lack the access to high speed internet necessary for remaining competitive with students attending schools in areas that do feature high speed internet access. As more and more work, and applying for jobs, is done online, not to mention the amount of educational material available online for students to access, it is imperative to get students up to speed, as it were, no matter where they’re located.

The state of Virginia is making those advances. More from the Hampton Roads Business Journal:

Virginia has made significant progress in the ongoing effort to bring high-speed internet to more schools and students statewide according to a recently published report.

EducationSuperHighway’s annual “State of the States” report on K-12 broadband connectivity, found that 72 percent of Virginia school divisions now meet the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum Internet access goal of 100 kbps per student, which is up from 46 percent in 2015 and 33 percent in 2014.

In addition, this year’s report also found that 72 percent of Virginia school divisions meet the minimum connectivity goal of 100 kbps per student, a significant jump from 46 percent at this time last year, and 33 percent in 2014.

Stay up to date on the progress of EducationSuperHighway here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 24-30

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 24. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 17
    • San Antonio Spurts at Toronto Raptors, 7pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 18
    • Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 19
    • Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 20
    • Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers, 8pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, January 28
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, January 29
    • Oklahoma City thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers, 9pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 23
    • Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics, 8pm on TNT
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm on NBATV
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

ESPN Cancels ‘Sports Reporters’

Growing up, I can always remember Sunday mornings at my house always involved a few things—the only day of the week when the whole family ate breakfast together, political talk shows, and the ESPN equivalent to those political talk shows, The Sports Reporters. On the air since 1988, The Sports Reporters provided a panel for some of the top newspaper sports journalists to discuss issues related to sports, and occasionally much bigger topics. Now, after almost 30 years on the air, ESPN has decided to retire the show.

More from Sports Illustrated:

The long-running sports talk show began in 1988 and was a forerunner of the flood of shows that run in most major cities featuring members of the media debating, discussing and bloviating the news and issues of the week. What set the show apart—outside of many egoists that floated as panelists—was two hosts that gave the show gravitas: Dick Schaap, who hosted from 1989 to 2001; and John Saunders, who hosted from 2001 until his death in 2016.

ESPN will replace The Sports Reporters with an hour-long version of E:60, its long-running sports journalism magazine show. Outside The Lines is also expected to have a role in that show.

No panelist appeared on the show more than Mike Lupica, who is serving as the current host. Other sports media members who often took up residency included Mitch Albom, Bob Ryan, William C. Rhoden, the late Bryan Burwell, John Feinstein, and Bill Conlin, the disgraced Philadelphia columnist sports columnist who was accused of molesting children as far back as the 1970s prior to his death in 2014.

While the legacy of The Sports Reporters can be felt in lesser shows like First Take and whatever FS1’s version of First Take is calling itself this week, the original was often more quiet and thoughtful than what followed, and is a throwback to a time when newspaper journalists on cable TV was a novelty, rather than the norm. It will be missed.

Big Ten’s Cable TV Deal Gives the Conference Strength

The Big Ten conference, or B1G when it comes to logos and branding, is in a position of strength in relation to other NCAA athletic conferences, not necessarily because of the product on the field or the court, but because of its cable TV deals. The conference’s new TV deals put the Big Ten ahead of the SEC in terms of earnings from TV going into the future.

More from Awful Announcing:

By that analysis, the SEC would be making about $380 million ($255 ESPN/CBS plus $125 SEC Network) to the Big Ten’s $390 million from regular TV revenue before factoring in postseason play. That’s not a huge gap, especially when you consider that each league has 14 schools, but the new Big Ten deal at the very least puts the conference on pretty equal financial footing with the SEC, and perhaps slightly better footing.

Factoring in other conference-distributed revenue streams such as postseason play is how you get to those estimates of $43 million per school in 2017-18 (which would be $602 million total) and $54 million per school at the end of the contract in 2022-23 ($756 million total). The SEC could still come out ahead if it makes more from postseason play, and that’s certainly a possibility. Still,  the Big Ten seems to be in pole position here.

As these conferences, and the member schools, continue to make money hand over fist from these TV deals, it seems likely also that there will be a greater push from players—the people who actually play the sports that earn the conferences these lucrative TV deal—to see some part of that revenue. For now, though, the Big Ten and the SEC are big moneymakers and they have TV, and unpaid labor, to thank for it.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 17-23

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 17. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 17
    • Houston Rockets at Miami Heat, 7:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 18
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 19
    • Washington Wizards at New York Knicks, 8pm on TNT
    • Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 20
    • Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, January 21
    • San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:30pm on ABC
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets, 9pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 23
    • New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers, 8pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 10. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 10
    • Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm on NBATV
    • Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 11
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on ESPN
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 12
    • Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, 8pm on TNT
    • Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 13
    • Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks, 8pm on ESPN
    • Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Sunday, January 14
    • Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies, 9pm on ESPN
    • Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 16
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, 8pm on TNT
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

College Football Playoff Championship Game on Cable TV Tonight

The culmination of the college football season is tonight, as the Alabama Crimson Tide takes on the Clemson Tigers at 8pm EST. The game will appear on cable TV, with coverage on ESPN live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, last year’s championship winner, is the favorite in tonight’s rematch, as they have looked unstoppable, particularly on defense, all season long, from an early defeat of west coast powerhouse USC to last weekend’s playoff first round win over the Washington Huskies on New Year’s Eve. Clemson also looked impressive, however, blanking the higher-ranked Ohio State on New Year’s Eve, and they are looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Crimson Tide in the title game.

ESPN is also looking for a victory: one in the cable TV ratings. Since the CFB playoff games have aired on New Year’s Eve, they have lost viewership in comparison to when equivalent bowl games would be played on New Year’s Day or after. There is no real competition tonight, however, and the majority of sports fans should be tuned to this game, unless Alabama fatigue—and an assumption that they’ll win this game easily—takes over.

We’ll check back on the ratings when the game is in the rear view. In the meantime, enjoy the matchup and the final college football game of the 2016 season.

Skype Translator Now Works with Landline Phones

Skype is one step closer to becoming a universal translator, with its Skype Translator now able to perform real-time spoken word translations when calling moble and landline phones—meaning the receiving caller does not need to be using Skype for the translation to work.

More from PC World:

Why this matters: Prior to this experimental feature rollout, Skype Translator required both people to be using Microsoft’s messaging app. Now, Skype’s looking to remove that dependence by allowing at least one side of the conversation to be Skype-free. That will make Skype real-time translation much easier to use since users don’t need to figure out a special time when both people are on Skype. Instead, one side just makes a regular phone call from Skype on a Windows 10 PC.

Skype translation to landlines and mobiles sounds like a great addition, but we haven’t tested it yet so we can’t say how well the new feature works. Keep in mind that this is still a preview feature so expect some hiccups.

Using the new Skype feature appears fairly straightforward. Just input the phone number of the call recipient, specify which language each party is speaking, then hit the phone icon to connect the call. Skype currently supports nine spoken languages, including Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

The world is becoming more and more connected, and that’s a good thing in this case.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 3. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 3
    • Utah Jazz at Boston Celtics, 7:30pm on NBATV
    • Memphis Grizzlies at LA Lakers, 10:30 on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 4
    • Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8pm on ESPN
    • Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 5
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets, 8pm on TNT
    • LA Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 6
    • New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8pm on ESPN
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Sunday, January 8
    • Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies, 8pm on NBATV

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.