NBA National Cable TV Schedule for Opening Week

After a long offseason filled with plenty of player movement—Lebron to the Lakers! Boogie Cousins to the Warriors!—the games are finally ready to begin, with the season kicking off tomorrow night with a TNT doubleheader featuring two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, facing off followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and the defending champion Golden State Warriors squaring up in the Bay.

The TV, Internet, and Phone Blog is your home for national cable TV schedules for all your favorite sports, from NHL hockey to college football. Here is the cable TV schedule for the first week of NBA action on ESPN, TNT, and NBATV.

Tuesday, October 16
8:00p Sixers-Celtics TNT
10:30p Thunder-Warriors TNT
Wednesday, October 17
8:00p Pelicans-Rockets ESPN
10:30p Mavs-Suns ESPN
Thursday, October 18
8:00p Bulls-Sixers TNT
10:30p Lakers-Blazers TNT
Friday, October 19
8:00p Celtics-Raptors ESPN
10:30p Warriors-Jazz ESPN
Saturday, October 20
7:00p Raptors-Wizards NBA TV
10:30p Rockets-Lakers ESPN
Sunday, October 21
9:00p Rockets-Clippers NBA TV
Monday, October 22
7:30p Magic-Celtics NBA TV
10:30p Spurs-Lakers NBA TV


These nationally televised games will be watched from coast to coast, from the Celtics stronghold of Worcester, MA to Laker-loving Santa Ana, CA. Check back each week to see updated schedules and previews of some of the week’s biggest matchups. This week, we’re especially looking forward to the Jazz-Warriors matchup on Friday night, which will pit the four-time Western Conference (and three time NBA champ over that period) champions against the team many are picking to be their biggest challenger in the West this year. Can the defense of the Jazz stifle the free-flowing Warrior offense? You’ll have to watch to find out.

College Football This Week on Cable TV and Online

We’re hitting the heart of the college football season, the rankings beginning to sort out as teams battle for a spot in the playoff and a chance to reach the title game. Whether you’re in a football-crazy market like Auburn, AL or follow from afar in Palisades Park, NJ, you’ll be able to find whatever you want to watch in our listing below on broadcast TV, the ESPN+ app, national cable TV, and regional sports networks. Here’s the schedule for the week, all times eastern:

Tuesday, October 9

Appalachian State at Arkansas State

8 p.m., Centennial Bank Stadium, Jonesboro, AR, ESPN2 or Watch ESPN

Thursday, October 11

Georgia Southern at Texas State

7:30 p.m., Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos, TX, ESPNU or Watch ESPN

Texas Tech at TCU

7:30 p.m., Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX, ESPN or Watch ESPN

Friday, October 12

No. 23 South Florida at Tulsa 

7 p.m., Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK, ESPN or Watch ESPN

Air Force at San Diego State

9 p.m., SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA, CBSSN

Arizona at Utah

10 p.m., Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT, ESPN or Watch ESPN

Saturday, October 13

Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State

12 p.m., Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH, FS1

Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn

12 p.m., Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL, SEC Network or Watch ESPN

No. 14 Florida at Vanderbilt

12 p.m., Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN, EPSN or Watch ESPN

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

12 p.m., Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS, ESPN U or Watch ESPN

Rutger at Maryland

12 p.m., Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland, BTN

Iowa at Indiana

12 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN, ESPN 2 or Watch ESPN

Nebraska at Northwestern

12 p.m., Ryan Field, Evanston, IL, ABC or Watch ESPN

Akron at Buffalo

12 p.m., UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY, CBSSN

Toledo at Eastern Michigan

12 p.m., Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI, ESPN+

Duke at Georgia Tech

12:20 p.m., Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA, ACC Network or Watch ESPN

Louisville at Boston College

12:30 p.m., Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA, ACC Network or Watch ESPN

UAB at Rice 

1 p.m., Rice Stadium, Houston, TX, ESPN+

Troy at Liberty

2 p.m., Williams Stadium, Lynchburg, VA, ESPN3

Southern Mississippi at North Texas

2 p.m., Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX, ESPN3

Pittsburgh at No. 5 Notre Dame

2:30 p.m., Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN, NBC

Kent State at Miami (OH)

2:30 p.m., Yager Stadium, Oxford, OH, ESPN+

Western Michigan at Bowling Green

3 p.m., Doyt Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, OH, ESPN+

Ball State at Central Michigan

3 p.m., Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mt. Pleasant, MI, ESPN3

No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU

3:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA, CBS

No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon

3:30 p.m., Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR, ABC, ESPN2 or Watch ESPN

No. 20 Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State

3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA, BTN

No. 10 UCF at Memphis

3:30 p.m., Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN, ABC, ESPN2 or Watch ESPN

Baylor at No. 9 Texas

3:30 p.m., Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX, ESPN or Watch ESPN

Ohio at Northern Illinois

3:30 p.m., Huskie Stadium, DeKalb, IL, ESPN+

Temple at Navy

3:30 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD, CBSSN

Western Kentucky at Charlotte

3:30 p.m., McColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC, ESPN+

Marshall at Old Dominion

3:30 p.m., S.B. Ballard Stadium, Norfolk, VA, ESPN Radio 94.1

Army at San Jose State

3:30 p.m., Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, ESPNU or Watch ESPN

Purdue at Illinois

3:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL, FS1

No. 22 Texas A&M at South Carolina

3:30 p.m., Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC, SEC Network or Watch ESPN

New Mexico at Colorado State 

4 p.m., Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, CO, AT&T SPORTSNET

UNLV at Utah State

4 p.m., Romney Stadium, Logan, UT, AGGIE RADIO NETWORK

Alabama State at South Alabama

5 p.m., Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL, ESPN3

New Mexico State at Louisiana 

5 p.m., Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA, ESPN+

UL Monroe at Coastal Carolina

6:00 p.m., Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC, ESPN+

Missouri at No. 1 Alabama

7:00 p.m., Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL, ESPN or WatchESPN

No. 6 West Virginia at Iowa State

7:00 p.m., Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA, FSI

No. 16 Miami at Virginia 

7:00 p.m., Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA, ESPN2 or Watch ESPN

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

7:00 p.m., Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC, ESPNU or Watch ESPN

Houston at East Carolina 

7:00 p.m., Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC, CBSSN

Louisiana Tech at UTSA

7:00 p.m., Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, ESPN+

UCLA at California

7:00 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA, Pac-12 Network

No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan

7:30 p.m., Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI, ABC or Watch ESPN

Ole Miss at Arkansas 

7:30 p.m., War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, AR, SEC Network or Watch ESPN

Middle Tennessee at Florida International

7:30 p.m., FIU Stadium, Miami, FL, BEIN SPORTS

Hawai’i at BYU

10:15 p.m., LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT, ESPN2 or Watch EPSN

No. 19 Colorado vs. USC

10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA, FSI

Wyoming at Fresno State 

10:30 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA, ESPNU or Watch ESPN

Boise State at Nevada 

10:30 p.m., Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV, CBSSN

Be sure to stay tuned to the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for sports schedules and more.

NHL National TV Cable Schedule 10/11 – 10/17

NHL hockey is underway, the season starting off with a bang. The TV, Internet, and Phone Blog is your home for the national cable TV schedule for the NHL, so you can keep up with your favorite teams whether you live in a TV market for your local favorite such as the St. Louis Blues, like Fenton, MO, or far from your home team where there is no NHL team, like in Leawood, KS. Our previous entry gave the schedule from the start of the season last Thursday through the following Wednesday, so our new schedule picks up there, covering the following seven days of action, including games on NHL Network, ESPN+, and of course NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

Thursday, October 11
7:00p Golden Knights-Penguins ESPN+
8:00p Jets-Predators ESPN+
Saturday, October 13
1:00p Oilers-Rangers ESPN+
7:00p Maple Leafs-Capitals NHL Network
Red Wings-Bruins ESPN+
Sunday, October 14
7:00p Hurricanes-Jets NHL Network
Ducks-Blues ESPN+
Monday, October 15
7:30p Kings-Maple Leafs ESPN+
Tuesday, October 16
7:00p Stars-Devils ESPN+
8:00p Coyotes-Wild NBCSN
Wednesday, October 17
7:00p Rangers-Capitals NBCSN
9:30p Bruins-Flames NBCSN
10:00p Islanders-Ducks ESPN+

Big games this week include the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the defending Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights, the up and coming Toronto Maple Leafs battling the defending Cup champion Washington Capitals, and the always popular New York Rangers taking on those same Capitals.

To stay up to date on sports schedules on cable TV, big news in the cable TV and internet industries, and a whole lot more, be sure to bookmark 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.

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.

Little League World Series Cable TV Schedule

Each year, baseball gets a shot of adrenaline in the late summer months, the doldrums of the Major League Baseball season, from the Little League World Series. Held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania each year, the Little League World Series pits winning Little League all-star teams from across the United States and the world at large against one another for baseball in its purest form—played by kids having fun.

Each year, ESPN and its family of networks on cable TV air the games. The first few rounds of competition are over, but this week it really heats up leading toward the conclusion Sunday afternoon. Here is the schedule for the games for the week, all times Eastern:

Monday, Aug. 20 (Round 3)

  • Game A (Consolation): Australia vs. New England — 11 a.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 17: Latin America vs. Caribbean — 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 18: Great Lakes vs. Midwest — 3 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 19: Mexico vs. Canada — 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  • Game 20: Southwest vs. Southeast — 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Tuesday, Aug. 21 (Round 4)

  • Game B (Consolation): Europe/Africa vs. Northwest — 11 a.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 21: Game 17 winner vs. Game 19 winner — 3 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 22: Game 18 winner vs. Game 20 winner — 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22 (Quarterfinals)
  • Game 23: Asia-Pacific vs. Japan — 3 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 24: Mid-Atlantic vs. West — 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Thursday, Aug. 23 (Quarterfinals)

  • Game 25: Game 21 winner vs. Game 23 loser — 3 p.m. on ESPN
  • Game 26: Game 22 winner vs. Game 24 loser — 7 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday, Aug. 25 (Semifinals)

  • Game 27: International Championship Game, Game 23 winner vs. Game 25 winner — 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC
  • Game 28: U.S. Championship Game, Game 24 winner vs. Game 26 winner — 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC

Sunday, Aug. 26 (Championship and third-place game)

  • Game 29 (Consolation): Game 27 loser vs. Game 28 loser — 10 a.m. ET on ESPN
  • Game 30: Championship Game, International bracket winner vs. U.S. bracket winner — 3 p.m. ET on ABC

Across the nation, kids home from school for the summer will be watching, from Easthampton, MA all the way down to Santa Maria, CA. Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for more updates on TV schedules, sporting events, and more, updating twice weekly.