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.

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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.

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.

Spectrum Starts 24/7 Cable TV News Channel in Los Angeles Area

As cable companies lose subscribers to streaming services, they are finding new ways to retain customers in specific areas. That includes with local, 24/7 news channels, as live news and live sports are the main areas streaming services cannot yet compete. As a result, Charter Spectrum has begun the creation of a 24-hour news channel serving the Los Angeles, CA area.

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Charter will start its 24-hour local news cable channel in November. It will be available to 1.5 million homes that receive Spectrum’s cable pay-TV service. Charter executives believe it can offer more niche, hyper-local news for targeted areas in Los Angeles.

Charter already has local cable news operations — Spectrum News channels — in New York City and Florida.

Although Los Angeles is perceived as an already glutted market of local TV news — with many U.S. TV news stations expanding to all hours of the day — Charter is not alone in debuting market-by-market news channels.

CBS is already in the mix with 24-hour news channels in development for the New York and Los Angeles media markets. It is yet to be seen if these networks, or the Spectrum networks, will be a success in gaining and retaining customers. These changes come as some more specialized local channels, including Charter’s Spectrum Deportes, are going by the wayside.

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for more information, as well as upcoming sports listings for cable TV and a whole lot more.

US Open Tennis on Cable TV

Each fall surrounding Labor Day weekend the tennis Grand Slam season concludes with the US Open, live from Queens, NY. Throughout the borough, and across the nation and the world, eyes are on the top mens and womens tennis players as they compete for one of the four most prestigious titles in all of the sport.

Those with a cable TV subscription that includes the Tennis Channel and the ESPN family of networks can see all the action. Here is where to find all the matches with comprehensive TV coverage. Between this and college football, it’s a heck of a sports week and weekend.

Tue. 8/28 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM First Round: (All 16 Courts) ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 7PM First Round ESPN  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: First Round ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Wed. 8/29 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Second Round (All 16 Courts) ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 7PM Second Round ESPN  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Second Round ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Thu. 8/30 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Second Round (All 16 Courts) ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 6PM Second Round ESPN  
  6PM – 7PM Second Round ESPN2  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Second Round ESPN2  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Fri. 8/31 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Third Round / Doubles ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 6PM Third Round ESPN  
  6PM – 7PM Third Round ESPN2  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Third Round ESPN2  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Sat. 9/1 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Third Round / Doubles ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  11AM – 7PM Third Round ESPN2  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Third Round ESPN2  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Sun. 9/2 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Round of 16 / Doubles / Juniors ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  11AM – 7PM Round of 16 ESPN  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Round of 16 ESPN2  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Mon. 9/3 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Round of 16 / Doubles / Juniors ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  11AM – 7PM Round of 16 ESPN2  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Round of 16 ESPN2  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Tue. 9/4 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Doubles / Juniors ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 6PM Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals ESPN  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Quarterfinals ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Wed. 9/5 12AM – 8AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
8AM – 11AM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
  11AM – 11PM Doubles / Juniors ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 6PM Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals ESPN  
  7PM – 11PM Primetime at the US Open: Quarterfinals ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Thu. 9/6 12AM – 12PM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
  12PM – 7PM Doubles / Juniors / Wheelchair ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  7PM – 11PM Women’s Singles Semifinals ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Fri. 9/7 12AM – 12PM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
  12PM – 7PM Juniors / Wheelchair ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 2PM Men’s Doubles Final ESPN2  
  4PM – 11PM Men’s Singles Semifinals ESPN  
11PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Sat. 9/8 12AM – 12PM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
  12PM – 7PM Juniors / Wheelchair ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  12PM – 2PM Mixed Doubles Final ESPN3  
  4PM – 7PM Women’s Singles Final ESPN  
7PM – 8PM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
8PM – 12AM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
Sun. 9/9 12AM – 12PM US Open Encore Coverage Tennis Channel
  12PM – 5PM Juniors / Wheelchair ESPN3 & ESPN+  
  1PM – 3PM Women’s Doubles Final ESPN2  
3PM – 4PM Men’s Final Preview Show ESPN
  4PM – 7PM Men’s Singles Final ESPN  
7PM – 8PM Tennis Channel Live at the US Open Tennis Channel
11PM – 2AM Men’s Singles Final Encore Presentation ESPN2

College Football Week One Cable TV Schedule

After a long summer with professional baseball being the only major sport airing on cable TV, and the NFL still in preseason mode, sports fans are welcoming college football back with open arms and open eyes. Though a few games happened over this past weekend, the season really begins this week, with games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day Monday, with games airing on cable and broadcast TV.

Below, you’ll find the schedule of how to find all the games on TV, and the times they air in Eastern time. From Orlando, Florida, to Wichita Falls, Texas, to Canton, OH, and beyond, you can watch all the college football action with Spectrum Cable TV.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Tickets
Central Connecticut at Ball State 7:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Kennesaw State at Georgia State 7:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
New Mexico State at Minnesota 7:00pm BTN / Tickets
UCF at UConn 7:00pm ESPNU / Tickets
Missouri State at Oklahoma State 8:00pm FS1 / Tickets
Northwestern at Purdue 8:00pm ESPN / Tickets
Savannah State at UAB 8:00pm ESPN+
Southeastern Louisiana at ULM 8:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Wake Forest at Tulane 8:00pm CBSSN / Tickets
Weber State at Utah 8:00pm Pac-12N / Tickets
Northwestern State at Texas A&M 8:30pm SECN / Tickets
UC Davis at San Jose State 10:00pm TBA / Tickets

Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Tickets
Syracuse at Western Michigan 6:00pm CBSSN / Tickets
Monmouth at Eastern Michigan 6:30pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Army at Duke 7:00pm ESPNU / Tickets
Utah State at Michigan State 7:00pm BTN / Tickets
Portland State at Nevada 9:00pm MWN / Tickets
San Diego State at Stanford 9:00pm FS1 / Tickets
WKU at Wisconsin 9:00pm ESPN / Tickets
Colorado at Colorado State (in Denver, CO) 9:30pm CBSSN / Tickets

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Tickets
Coastal Carolina at South Carolina Noon SECN / Tickets
Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma Noon FOX / Tickets
James Madison at NC State Noon ESPNU / Tickets
Houston at Rice Noon CBSSN / Tickets
Kent State at Illinois Noon BTN / Tickets
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (in Houston, TX) Noon ESPN / Tickets
Oregon State at Ohio State Noon ABC / Tickets
Southern at TCU Noon FSN / Tickets
Texas vs. Maryland (in Landover, MD) Noon FS1 / Tickets
Texas State at Rutgers Noon BTN / Tickets
Villanova at Temple Noon ESPNews / Tickets
Furman at Clemson 12:20pm ACCN / Tickets
Alcorn State at Georgia Tech 12:30pm RSN / Tickets
UMass at Boston College 1:00pm ACCNExtra / Tickets
Howard at Ohio 2:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Stony Brook at Air Force 2:00pm Facebook / Tickets
Albany at Pitt 3:30pm ACCNExtra / Tickets
Appalachian State at Penn State 3:30pm BTN / Tickets
Auburn vs. Washington (in Atlanta, GA) 3:30pm ABC / Tickets
Austin Peay at Georgia 3:30pm ESPN / Tickets
Central Michigan at Kentucky 3:30pm ESPNU / Tickets
Marshall at Miami (Ohio) 3:30pm ESPN+ / Tickets
NIU at Iowa 3:30pm BTN / Tickets
Washington State at Wyoming 3:30pm CBSSN / Tickets
West Virginia vs. Tennessee (in Charlotte, NC) 3:30pm CBS / Tickets
Eastern Illinois at Arkansas 4:00pm SECN / Tickets
North Carolina at California 4:00pm FOX / Tickets
UNLV at USC 4:00pm Pac-12N / Tickets
UT Martin at Missouri 4:00pm SECN Alt. / Tickets
Boise State at Troy 6:00pm ESPNews / Tickets
Delaware State at Buffalo 6:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Elon at USF 6:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Fordham at Charlotte 6:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
North Carolina A&T at East Carolina 6:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Old Dominion at Liberty 6:00pm TBA / Tickets
Richmond at Virginia 6:00pm ACCNExtra / Tickets
SC State at Georgia Southern 6:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Central Arkansas at Tulsa 7:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Cincinnati at UCLA 7:00pm ESPN / Tickets
Grambling State at Louisiana 7:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Indiana at FIU 7:00pm CBSSN / Tickets
Jackson State at Southern Miss 7:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
LA Tech at South Alabama 7:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
Mercer at Memphis 7:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Nicholls at Kansas 7:00pm JTV / Tickets
Southeast Missouri at Arkansas State 7:00pm ESPN+ / Tickets
VMI at Toledo 7:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
South Dakota at Kansas State 7:10pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Charleston Southern at Florida 7:30pm SECN / Tickets
Michigan at Notre Dame 7:30pm NBC / Tickets
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7:30pm SECN Alt. / Tickets
NAU at UTEP 7:30pm ESPN3 / Tickets
SMU at North Texas 7:30pm Stadium / Tickets
Stephen F. Austin at Mississippi State 7:30pm ESPNU / Tickets
Abilene Christian at Baylor 8:00pm FSN / Tickets
Akron at Nebraska 8:00pm FOX / Tickets
Bowling Green at Oregon 8:00pm Pac-12N / Tickets
Incarnate Word at New Mexico 8:00pm ESPN3 / Tickets
Louisville vs. Alabama (in Orlando, FL) 8:00pm ABC / Tickets
South Dakota State at Iowa State 8:00pm Cyclones.TV / Tickets
Idaho at Fresno State 10:00pm Facebook / Tickets
UTSA at Arizona State 10:30pm FS1 / Tickets
BYU at Arizona 10:45pm ESPN / Tickets
Navy at Hawaii 11:00pm CBSSN / Tickets

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Tickets
Miami, FL vs. LSU (in Arlington, TX) 7:30pm ABC / Tickets

Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Tickets
Virginia Tech at Florida State 8:00pm ESPN / Tickets

Charter Expands Spectrum Service in Upstate New York

In late July, Charter completed a $15 million project to upgrade Spectrum high-speed internet in several areas in Upstate New York, including Columbia County. This upgrade was required as part of Charter’s purchase of Time-Warner as the company continues to grow.

Spectrum now offers its broadband internet service from Syracuse to Albany and beyond. Spectrum high-speed internet offers high-speed downloads of up to 100 Mbps in all areas, with some areas featuring 200 Mbps and 400 Mbps ultra-fast download capabilities. Internet packages are available on their own or as part of bundles with cable TV and/or landline phone services.

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“We are working hard to bring the best TV, internet and voice services possible to consumers,” Spectrum Area Vice President Mark Leibowitz said. “We’re proud of the great value these new Spectrum services provide and to be bringing them to residents and businesses in these areas.”

Ghent Town Supervisor Michael Benvenuto hooked up his new service at his home on Route 66 and said he has a few issues, but will see how the company responds before making a judgment about the new launch. His home and others on the town’s main strip did not see upgrades when the company attempted to launch in June, Benvenuto said.

“This is their second launch attempt,” Benvenuto said. “I haven’t received any complaints yet, but it is only the first day. We’ll have to see how that goes.”

Benvenuto will also be watching out for internet speed improvements, saying some local customers continue to get 40Mbps.

“I know someone from the first launch who got Spectrum and Spectrum in their advertising state speeds starting at 100Mbps, however, this one individual still is only getting a speed of 40Mbps, so we will have to monitor the speeds that customers are actually getting,” Benvenuto said.

The acquisition of Time-Warner made Spectrum the second-largest cable TV provider in the nation behind Comcast. There have been some issues, particularly in New York, with the company updating its services but the recent upgrades should put the company back in line for the required improvements.

Check back often at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for the latest news on the cable TV industry, high-speed internet in the United States, and more, along with regional sports listings, TV sports schedules, and new programs and channels hitting the airwaves.