Cable TV Channel Spotlights: Fox Sports Southwest

Following the first of our cable TV channel spotlights is Fox Sports Southwest is a regional cable TV sports network covering Texas, Oklahoma, and surrounding markets, with a focus on the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and other Texas markets, including San Antonio. The television schedule for the various markets is available on the channel’s website.

Here are the teams FS Southwest covers with live broadcasts, highlight and recap shows, and more:

The Texas Rangers of the MLB. Playing their home games in Arlington, the Rangers are available on FS Southwest in the Metroplex and surrounding areas.

The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. Live games appear on network TV, ESPN, and NFL Network, but Dallas residents can enjoy highlight shows, recaps, and more on FS Southwest.

The Houston Texans of the NFL. Live games appear on network TV, ESPN, and NFL Network, but Houston and surrounding areas can enjoy additional coverage of this AFC South team.

The Dallas Stars of the NHL. Dallas and surrounding areas get all the hockey action from the former Minnesota North Stars, who brought hockey and the Stanley Cup to Texas.

The New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. Formerly the Hornets, the Pelicans have brought New Orleans new life with Anthony Davis, a top 5 NBA player, hitting the glass.

The Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Russell Westbrook leads from the point guard position as coverage of the OKC Thunder hits Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.

The San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. One of the most storied and successful franchises in the modern NBA is undergoing a bit of a reboot after losing Kawhi Leonard following Tim Duncan’s retirement. But they’re still fun to watch.

The Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki’s still there, the constant for a franchise going through a lot of changes. Can the young players take over from the franchise stalwart and lead the Mavs into the future? Watch on FS Southwest to see.

FS Southwest airs on different channels depending on your provider and market.

Cable TV Channel Spotlights: Fox Sports Midwest

Fox Sports Midwest is a regional cable TV network focusing on coverage for teams in the St. Louis, MO media market, both college and pro. Coverage for the St. Louis area is available from multiple providers, including Charter Spectrum in St. Louis, St. Charles, and more on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River and Belleville, Collinsville, and East St. Louis on the Illinois side of the river. The television schedule for the channel is available on their website.

Here are the teams FS Midwest covers with live games, breakdown and highlight shows, and more:

The St. Louis Cardinals – The winningest franchise in the National League, the Cardinals’ 11 world series titles have them as one of the most storied teams in the entirety of Major League Baseball. Watch them as they chase yet another pennant with more than a hundred live games each year on FS Midwest.

The St. Louis Blues – The St. Louis Blues of the NHL haven’t been as fortunate as the Cardinals when it comes to championships, but their fans are no less die-hard. 70+ games air live on FS Midwest each fall, winter, and spring as the Blues chase their first Stanley Cup.

The University of Missouri Tigers – MIZ-ZOU is the chant for the University of Missouri, located in Columbia, a hop, skip, and jump from the St. Louis area. FS Midwest shows live football games in the fall and basketball games in the winter and spring leading up to March Madness as the team plays its SEC schedule.

The St. Louis University Billikens – SLU has plenty of basketball history. The University’s basketball present is live on Fox Sports Midwest with plenty of preseason and conference games each year.

Fox Sports Midwest airs on channel 37 in SD and 792 in HD in the St. Louis area.

FX Show Mayans MC the Highest Rated New Cable Series of 2018

A spinoff of FX’s hit biker drama Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC debuted September 4 and quickly established itself as the most popular new cable TV show of the year so far. Building on the previous show’s property and a largely Latin cast appealing to the underserved Hispanic TV audience, Mayans MC had an audience of 2.8 million adults 18-49, higher than Sons of Anarchy at its 2008 premier.

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The episode was the most-watched drama series premiere on FX since 2016’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” And 19% of the premiere’s viewers were Hispanic (the average for English-language cable scripted series is 10%).

With its record-breaking premiere, “Mayans MC” showed that despite the binge-watching revolution and the rise of streaming services like Netflix (and the cord cutters that have come with them), cable dramas still have a place in television, since there are plenty (literally millions) of people who will watch them live on air.

Critics, however, were less enthusiastic about “Mayans MC,” giving it a 67% score on Rotten Tomatoes (it has an 81% audience score on the site.)

“Mayans MC” airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX.

FX is available on Spectrum cable TV in areas where the show will be particularly popular—the Southern and Central California towns where the show takes place.

Check back often for more updates on cable hits, sports listings, and more at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog.

Charter Communications Contributes to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

As the cable TV and high-speed internet company serving 2.9 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, Charter Communications has a stake in the area. The company is doing the right thing and contributing heavily to relief efforts following the damaging Hurricane Florence. In addition to providing cable TV service, Charter operates a number of call centers and operations centers in the Carolinas, including in Asheville, Greenville, Greensboro, and West Columbia.

The company is contributing $350,000 to the Rebuilding Together nonprofit as well as $1 million in public service announcements to air at no cost.

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“Charter is committed to supporting the communities where our customers and employees live and work, particularly in times of need,” said Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications. “We are confident that our partnership with Rebuilding Together will help kickstart the recovery process and ensure that the resilient communities impacted by this storm get back on their feet.”

“The long-term recovery phase of the damage to communities caused by Hurricane Florence can be overwhelming for our neighbors in need, ” said Caroline Blakely, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “With the support of our partner, Charter Communications, Rebuilding Together will be able to help homeowners repair their communities and return to safe and healthy homes.”

Charter has opened 5,100 Spectrum WiFi hotspots across North and South Carolina to support the preparation and recovery efforts and will keep them open to all users until further notice. Additionally, Charter will work to provide WiFi access to a number of shelters in impacted areas within its service area.

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for more on this story as it develops, along with other information on TV listings and more.

Charter Provides Spectrum Assist Internet for Low-Income Seniors

In Cullman County, Alabama and elsewhere in the state, Charter Communications is providing assistance for seniors in a number of ways. First, the company has donated $3,000 to the Cullman County Commission on Aging. Second, the company is now providing low-cost high-speed internet in Cullman and throughout the state, helping to combat the access problem some areas of the country are experiencing when it comes to high-speed internet.

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Charter’s Director, Government Affairs, Taylor Vice, spoke at the event and highlighted the company’s Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) program. The program provides low-cost, high-speed broadband internet service to seniors who are 65 and older and receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits, as well as families with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview thanked Charter for its support.

“I want to say just a special thanks to Charter Communications Spectrum for the good program that you’ve started,” said Shedd. “Seniors and disabled may not know about some of the advantages that you can have with broadband and high-speed internet, so we are glad to get this message out. We passed legislation this past year, this past session to try to expand high-speed internet across all of our state, especially rural Alabama. So it’s good to see them offering programs for our low-income and our seniors and disabled.”

Spectrum Internet Assist costs only $14.99 per month and is available to seniors older than 65 who receive Supplemental Security Income program benefits, as well as families with students who participate in the school lunch program. It provides 30 Mbps download speeds and 4 Mbps upload speeds.

Charter Communications Launches Spectrum Mobile in Wisconsin

In order to extend its reach in the digital home and beyond, Charter Communications is launching Spectrum Mobile, its cellular network service. Spectrum Mobile is entering the Wisconsin mobile market soon, with two plans available: unlimited data for $45 a month and a $14 per gig of data plan. The second largest cable provider in the United States, Spectrum has coverage over Wisconsin for its home internet, cable TV, and landline phone services already from Green Bay to La Crosse and beyond.

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For now, new Spectrum Mobile customers will need to buy or enter an installment plan for a new mobile device through the company. The company said it plans to expand its device options and add the ability for customers to bring their own device later this year.  Spectrum has both Android and IOS devices.

Charter said the approach to add wireless services came from recognizing that mobile devices are used extensively inside the home.

“As an intelligent connectivity provider, Spectrum Mobile brings unprecedented flexibility and value to the wireless marketplace,” said Danny Bowman, chief mobile officer for Charter in a news release. “Spectrum Mobile gives customers the freedom to use their favorite devices the way they want, saving them hundreds of dollars annually off their mobile bill, all while reaping the benefits of Charter’s superior, value rich network and services.”

The plan will be available in large metro areas like Milwaukee and smaller towns like Lyndon Station.

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for more information as the story develops, as well as updates on cable TV service, sports on TV, and more.

Spectrum Adds More Original Cable TV Programming

Variety is reporting that Charter is continuing to add to its new suite of original programming with the dark comedy television program E is for Edie. The show was created by Jeanie Bergen, a veteran of Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting masterclass, and depicts a fictionalized version of the creator’s life as a single woman caring for her disabled sister.

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“E Is for Edie” is Charter’s latest move into the original content space. Under the Spectrum Original Content initiative, the cable provider first ordered the cop drama series “LA’s Finest” starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. That series–which is a spinoff of the “Bad Boys” film franchise–was originally developed as a pilot at NBC with the broadcaster ultimately passing. It was also reported in July that Charter was nearing a pick up of the scripted anthology series “Manhunt,” which originally debuted on Discovery. The first season of that series told the story of Ted Kaczynski, better known as the notorious Unabomber.

It is as yet unclear when these programs will air or what channel the original programming will appear in the lineup of Spectrum customers across the country. It is also not clear if the programs will be available in some manner for non-subscribers, as customers outside of large Spectrum markets like Missouri and Fort Worth, TX, may be interested in the programming.

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for more information as the story progresses.