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Monthly Archives: March 2017

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 21-27

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 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, March 21. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 21
    • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7pm on ESPN
    • San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Wednesday, March 22
    • Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 8pm on ESPN
    • New York Knicks at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 23
    • Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat, 7pm on NBATV
  • Friday, March 24
    • Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8pm on NBATV
  • Saturday, March 25
    • Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30pm on NBATV
  • Sunday, March 26
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30pm on NBATV
  • Monday, March 27
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on TNT
    • New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on TNT

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

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Sweet Sixteen Broadcast and Cable TV Schedule

The first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in the books, with many favorites and a few underdogs having made their way to the Sweet 16. From this point on, games will be airing on broadcast TV on CBS and cable TV on TBS. Here is the schedule for this weekend’s games, via NCAA.com:

Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) Thursday, March 23

Games (Sweet 16) Date Game Site Time (ET) Network
(3) Oregon vs. (7) Michigan March 23 Kansas City 7:09 p.m. CBS
(1) Gonzaga vs. (4) West Virginia March 23 San Jose 7:39 p.m. TBS
(1) Kansas vs. (4) Purdue March 23 Kansas City 9:39 p.m. CBS
(2) Arizona vs. (11) Xavier March 23 San Jose 10:09 p.m. TBS

Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) Friday, March 24

Games (Sweet 16) Date Game Site Time (ET) Network
(1) North Carolina vs. (4) Butler March 24 Memphis 7:09 p.m. CBS
(3) Baylor vs. (7) South Carolina March 24 New York 7:29 p.m. TBS
(2) Kentucky vs. (3) UCLA March 24 Memphis 9:30 p.m. CBS
(4) Florida vs. (8) Wisconsin March 24 New York 10:09 p.m. TBS

Regional Finals (Elite 8) Saturday, March 25

Games (Elite 8) Date Game Site Time (ET) Network
TBA vs. TBA March 25 TBA 6:00 p.m. TBS
TBA vs. TBA March 25 TBA 8:30 p.m. TBS

Regional Finals (Elite 8) Sunday, March 26

Games (Elite 8) Date Game Site Time (ET) Network
TBA vs. TBA March 26 TBA 2:00 p.m. CBS
TBA vs. TBA March 26 TBA 4:55 p.m. CBS

Enjoy the games.

HughesNet Launches Gen5 High Speed Internet

About 46% of total internet installations in people’s homes fall below download speeds of 25Mbps, leaving almost half of the homes in the United States with substandard internet services in comparison to the rest of the country. Many of these underserved homes fall in rural areas outside of the purview of major landline internet providers, where they have determined the cost to build the infrastructure necessary to bring fiber optic internet into homes is not worth what they would make in return.

Satellite internet company HughesNet is looking to even the playing field a little bit. In December, they launched their EchoStar XIX satellite, which is now safely in orbit with all systems go and ready to provide satellite internet plans featuring 25Mbps download speeds with their Gen5 service.

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With this new expansion of their high-speed internet services, Hughes expects to be able to compete for a lot of people still using DSL, dial-up, and other older internet technologies.

“One are we think is a cause of great frustration is low-speed DSL,” said Hughes EVP Mike Cook. “It’s a copper-based technology that telcos are not investing in. We think for people who are on that, HughestNet Gen V is a tremendous upgrade in service capability.”

The expansion of the satellite network also allows Hughes to help shed data caps. Under its new service, Hughes customers will have “soft” data caps – once they hit their data limit, the service will downgrade their priority in terms of service (meaning things will slow down at certain times of day) rather than cutting off service completely. The latter is a source of some consternation to satellite internet customers. Customers will also get a free 50GB worth of data per month if that data’s used during off-peak hours.

The big perk of this is that DSL and satellite customer who previously weren’t able to use streaming services like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime will now have the opportunity. (Although Cook recommends sticking to standard def in order to avoid capping your data plan.) The plans are cost-competitive, too, with consumer plans starting at $49.99 per month and business plans at $69.99 per month.

While satellite internet does not offer all the benefits that some of the higher-level services in more urban and suburban areas offer, it is improving, and HughesNet is leading the way.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 14-20

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 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, March 14. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 14
    • Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on NBATV
    • Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, March 15
    • Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on ESPN
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 16
    • Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on NBATV
  • Friday, March 17
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Saturday, March 18
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Clippers, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, March 19
    • Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors, 6pm on NBATV
  • Monday, March 20
    • Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT

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

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 7-13

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 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, March 7. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 7
    • Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, March 8
    • Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers, 8pm on ESPN
    • Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 9
    • San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, March 10
    • Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8pm on ESPN
    • Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, March 11
    • Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, March 12
    • Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers, 6pm on NBATV
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets, 9pm on ESPN
  • Monday, March 13
    • Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30pm on TNT

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

DIRECTV Lowers MLB Extra Innings Price

In contrast with what they have done with NFL SUNDAY TICKET, DIRECTV is lowering the price of the MLB Extra Innings package this year once again. Last year the price dropped by 12.5%, and for the 2017 season the price will be $172.74 compared to last year’s $173.94, which isn’t much of a drop, but when the trends of cable TV and satellite TV prices continually going up, it is a good deal for baseball fans living outside of their favorite teams’ home television markets.

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In addition, DirecTV will include a free subscription to MLB.TV to those who buy Extra Innings so fans not only can watch out-of-market games on TV, but they can watch on computers, mobiles, tablets and connected TV’s. This is the third straight year that DirecTV is including MLB.TV with Extra Innings.

The price in essence remaining flat as last year is a good thing considering how DirecTV is planning to increase its NFL Sunday Ticket package by over 9% before the 2017 season and by another 2% after the season starts.

Still, subscribers not seeing a dramatic increase this year for the baseball package is a good thing, but they know that there is the potential for the other shoe to drop next season. For now, baseball fans who want to purchase MLB Extra Innings package on DirecTV get a price break, albeit small, for 2017.

MLB Extra Innings, unavailable on DISH Network, allows viewers to watch up to 60 out of market baseball games each week of the regular season, usually with a choice between home and away broadcast teams.