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.

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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.

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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.

Regional Sports Coverage on Cable TV in Montana

Montana is one of the few states without a professional sports team, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t fans of pro teams in the Treasure State. Sports fans root for teams in nearby states as well as the two major college programs, the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State Bobcats.

Watching regional sports on cable TV in Montana features more choices than in some areas due to the lack of a specific local franchise. The following are the regional sports networks available in Montana, from Helena to Billings, Missoula to Laurel.

Altitude Sports

Altitude Sports is a mountain west regional sports network, in Montana offering coverage of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League.

AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain West

AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain West is a regional sports network covering Utah and Nevada as well as offering, in Montana, coverage of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.

Root Sports Northwest

Root Sports Northwest offers coverage of Washington and Utah teams. In the case of Montana, Root Sports Northwest provides coverage of the American League’s Seattle Mariners and the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

In addition, these regional networks offer coverage of sports teams throughout the area, including college football and basketball broadcasts.

Stay apprised of all the latest news in cable TV, as well as how to find your favorite teams on cable and broadcast TV, right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog. In addition, you’ll learn about new original programming from cable providers and a whole lot more.

Spectrum Deportes Will No Longer Be Available in the Los Angeles Area

Spanish language cable TV channel Spectrum Deportes will no longer be available for the Los Angeles metro area, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Spectrum Deportes was an experiment for the company, the first 24-hour all Spanish language regional sports network, airing Los Angeles Lakers and LA Galaxy games among other programming.

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“As with any network, we are constantly evaluating our programming to provide our viewers with content they want to see,” Charter said Monday night in a statement. “While we never expected Lakers and Galaxy games to have equal viewership on Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum Deportes, the [Spanish-language] network averaged less than a few thousand viewers per season since its launch.”

The channel will cease operations Aug. 15.

Spectrum SportsNet, the exclusive English-language home for the popular Los Angeles Lakers and Spectrum Deportes’s sister channel, will continue airing. Other regional sports networks for the area include Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, which offer coverage of all the other teams in the area based in both Los Angeles and Anaheim.

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Leading Cable TV Networks in the USA for 2018

Over the first quarter of 2018, cable news continued to dominate the cable TV ratings, with three of the top ten most-watched cable TV channels being 24-hour news networks. Topping the ratings list is the right-leaning Fox News, with the left-leading MSNBC coming in second and CNN coming in sixth in daily viewers.

TNT was boosted in the first quarter by its NBA coverage, coming in third place. Kids programming comes in fourth with Nickelodeon, and those who love home decorating and remodeling related programming have brought Home and Garden TV (HGTV) to the fifth place spot. After CNN, the rest of the top ten is rounded out by Investigation Discovery (ID) in seventh, ESPN in eighth, USA Network in Ninth, and the History Channel in tenth.

All of these channels are available with even the most basic packages from Spectrum cable TV. This wide availability means that customers from Bowling Green, KY to Greenville, SC, Franklin, TN to Bell Gardens, CA can all experience the nation’s most popular channels and programming at an affordable rate, with convenient installation and reliable service.

Here is the full top ten list, with daily viewership figures, via Statista:

  1. Fox News Channel – 1,396,000
  2. MSNBC – 1,005,000
  3. TNT – 860,000
  4. Nickelodeon – 834,000
  5. HGTV – 774,000
  6. CNN – 725,000
  7. ID – 707,000
  8. ESPN – 628,000
  9. USA Network – 637,000
  10. History – 536,000

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