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Cable TV Providers in Bowling Green, KY

If you’re looking for cable TV options in Bowling Green, KY, the options are similar to other parts of Kentucky. For pay TV and a wide selection of cable TV channels, there are three available providers in Bowling Green. Two of these are satellite TV providers, DIRECTV and DISH Network. The only cable TV option is Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable in the Bowling Green area.

There are good and bad aspects to all three of these options. DIRECTV is the only pay TV provider that gives you access to NFL SUNDAY TICKET to watch out of market NFL games each Sunday. The major drawback for DIRECTV is price. Initial pricing looks more affordable than it actually is, and with NFL SUNDAY TICKET only free for a year, if you keep DIRECTV in order to watch the NFL for a second season, you’ll be paying big for the privilege.

DISH is more affordable than DIRECTV but has some of the same satellite TV drawbacks. DISH also does not have as many channels available in HD as Spectrum.

Spectrum TV in Bowling Green rounds out the choices. Offering the most channels in HD at the lowest price point, Spectrum is the best choice for those who do not need NFL SUNDAY TICKET as part of the package. Spectrum TV is also available as part of bundle packages with high speed internet, landline phone, or both services in order to keep prices down, and there are no contracts.

The Verdict

If you’re a hardcore football fan living outside of your favorite team’s market, DIRECTV and NFL SUNDAY TICKET are the choice for you. If not, save money and get more channels with Spectrum cable TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Watch Kentucky Wildcats Basketball on Cable TV

For Lexington, KY residents the most important thing on cable TV and broadcast TV is Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Perhaps the most storied program in college basketball history, the University of Kentucky dominates from season to season, with current coach John Calipari bringing in top-five recruiting classes every year and grooming NBA stars while building successful and hard-working tournament teams.

There are four options for watching Kentucky basketball on cable TV in Lexington. Two of these are satellite options, which may not be available for college students living in apartments. These are DISH Network and DIRECTV. There are two cable TV providers, Mediacom and Spectrum, with Spectrum providing the most widely available and affordable cable TV service in Lexington.

To watch the Kentucky Wildcats as they prepare for March Madness this year, below is the remaining regular season schedule, including opponents and TV stations. All listed times are Eastern.

Jan. 30 Vanderbilt ESPN 9 p.m.
Feb. 3 Missouri CBS 2 p.m.
Feb. 6 Tennessee ESPN 7 p.m.
Feb. 10 Texas A&M ESPN/ESPN2 4/6/8 p.m.
Feb. 14 Auburn ESPN2 9 p.m.
Feb. 17 Alabama CBS 2 p.m.
Feb. 20 Arkansas ESPN 9 p.m.
Feb. 24 Missouri ESPN/ESPN2 6/8 p.m.
Feb. 28 Mississippi ESPN2 7 p.m.
March 3 Florida CBS Noon

Enjoy the games!

TV + Internet Bundles Available in San Antonio, TX

If you’re a San Antonio resident looking for cable TV and high-speed internet service for your home, what is available to you depends on the part of town where you reside. There are four main providers for TV and internet in San Antonio offering bundles combining the two services. Two of these are satellite providers available just about everywhere. The other two are not, and limited to certain parts of town—and in the case of AT&T U-Verse Internet & TV, what internet speed you get is even more up for grabs.

There are benefits to each of the four services available. DIRECTV combined with AT&T Internet gives you exclusive access to NFL Sunday Ticket and more than 300 channels, but the internet is much slower than the other options at only 6 Mbps for downloads. DISH TV pairs with Frontier Internet to also bring you more than 300 channels, with slightly faster internet speeds of 24 Mbps.

AT&T U-Verse is limited to certain areas—and its best package, which offers 1 Gbps fiber internet, is limited even further. Still, speeds are 100 Mbps otherwise, and AT&T U-Verse almost doubles the channel options of the satellite providers.

More widely available is Spectrum TV and Internet. Its advertised channel amount is smaller, but Spectrum has more than 200 channels in HD available, which is actually more than the competition—and since nearly everyone is watching exclusively in HD, those 400 non-HD channels other providers offer don’t count for much. Spectrum’s Internet has been upgraded to 100 Mbps in most areas, and its highest-tier TV package is more affordable than U-Verse’s.

Still, your choice is somewhat limited by where you live if you want to avoid the pitfalls of satellite and go with either AT&T U-Verse or Spectrum.

Keep checking back at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for information about TV, high-speed internet, and more in your city.

How Many People Ditched Cable TV in Q3 of 2017?

More and more people are ditching traditional cable TV providers, according to a report from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. In the third quarter of 2017, the largest pay-TV providers in the United States, representing about 95% of the market—the other 5% accounting for various small local providers yet to be subsumed by the larger companies—lost nearly half a million subscribers in Q3 of 2017, as compared to a net loss of around a quarter of a million over the same time period in 2016.

In addition, according to the company’s release:

“The top pay-TV providers account for 92.2 million subscribers — with the top six cable companies having 48.1 million video subscribers, satellite TV services about 32.3 million subscribers, the top telephone companies 9.3 million subscribers, and the top Internet-delivered pay-TV services having about 2.5 million subscribers.”

The two major satellite TV providers were the biggest losers, with DIRECTV and DISH Network losing 251,000 and 224,000 respectively. Cable giant Comcast lost 126,000 subscribers, and Charter Spectrum lost around 90,000. AT&T U-Verse also lost big, with more than 135,000 subscribers ditching the phone provider’s cable TV option.

The trends are looking up in only one area—internet-delivered, cable TV like packages. Both Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW, delivered via internet connections as opposed to their regular satellite TV counterparts, grew by 240,000 and 296,000 subscribers respectively. The advantages to these packages—lower cost, less hardware and installation, and the ability to further curate slimmer channel lineups based on your particular taste, fall in line with what many consumers are looking for. Basically, if you don’t want ESPN or HBO, Sling TV can give you a package tailored to your taste at far below the cost. Look for the industry to trend this way in the future, as following the leader is the way of this business.

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.

NFL Sunday Ticket Package Undergoes Rate Hike

Satellite broadcaster DIRECTV is the exclusive home of NFL Sunday Ticket, which shows out of market games, among other features, and is popular with NFL fans and sports bars alike. Each year the price goes up a little bit, but this year, rates for the service are increasing almost five times more than they did last year.

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The satcaster, which is now taking orders for the 2017 season, has priced the basic Sunday Ticket package at $281.94. The price is good until September 9, 2017, the night before the first week of Sunday regular season games. (Prices go up after September 9.)

In contrast, DIRECTV last year charged just $257.94 if you ordered the Sunday Ticket before the first week of regular season action.

The increase in the pre-season price this year is 9.3 percent. DIRECTV raised the pre-season price last year by only 2.4 percent.

The basic Sunday Ticket plan entitles a subscriber to watch out-of-market Sunday NFL games as well as access the Ticket Mix Channel (all games on one screen at the same time) and on-screen stats.

DIRECTV has raised the pre-season price for the Sunday Ticket Max plan to $377.94, which is a five percent increase over last year’s pre-season price of $359.94. The satcaster last year raised the pre-season Max price by just 1.7 percent over the 2015 season.

The Max plan includes the live regular season games as well as the Red Zone Channel (games are broadcast when a team crosses the other team’s 20 yard-line), and the DIRECTV Fantasy channel.

Both the basic and Max plans also permit subscribers to stream the games on their computers, mobiles and connected TVs.

DIRECTV has revealed the 2017 pricing structure at its web site and via its on-screen programming guide.

It’s no surprise that the company is going all-in on NFL Sunday Ticket, as it is the major area that sets the company’s offerings apart from other cable TV and satellite TV providers. Customer loyalty to DIRECTV is tied a lot to the NFL Sunday Ticket package. We’ll see if these loyal customers stick through the highest rate hike yet.

Cable TV Bills Going Up in 2017

Each year, due to inflation and other changes in the marketplace, services from cable TV providers and satellite TV providers tend to rise in price for the end consumer. The rise in cost has to do not only with inflation, but the rising costs providers face for carrying broadcast networks like CBS and Fox and the costs associated with carrying regional sports networks who have made big deals with local sports teams. According to Consumer Reports, here’s how your TV bill will be affected in 2017.

  • AT&T U-Verse: $2 to $8 more per month per package.
  • Cablevision/Altice/Suddenlink: 3.4 percent per month.
  • Comcast: $12 more per month.
  • Charter/Time Warner: pending upon adjustment of plan pricing for previous Time Warner customers.
  • Cox: 2 percent per video package.
  • Dish Network: $5 per month.
  • DIRECTV: Between $2 and $6 per month, plus $2.56 for regional sports networks in some but not all service areas.
  • Verizon: $3 per month.

Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog for more updates on pricing in the industry.

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 10 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 10 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers – Channel 705
    • Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Channel 706
    • Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints – Channel 707
    • Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets – Channel 708
    • Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles – Channel 709
    • Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 710
    • Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans – Channel 711
    • Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Channel 712
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Channel 713
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Channel 714
    • Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers – Channel 715

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 9 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 9 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Channel 705
    • Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs – Channel 706
    • New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Channel 707
    • Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns – Channel 708
    • Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings – Channel 709
    • Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – Channel 710
  • 4:05pm EDT
    • Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams – Channel 711
    • New Orleans Sanits at San Francisco 49ers – Channel 712
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers – Channel 713
    • Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers – Channel 714

Enjoy the games!

NFL Sunday Ticket on DIRECTV – Week 8 Schedule

The only way for NFL fans to catch every game, every Sunday on their home TVs is with NFL Sunday Ticket, exclusively available from DIRECTV. NFL Sunday Ticket and DIRECTV are both available from Mid-America Satellite. Check back each week for the times and listings for Sunday’s games on NFL Sunday Ticket right here at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog.

Here’s the Sunday afternoon schedule for Week 8 of NFL action:

  • 1pm EDT
    • New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – Channel 705
    • New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Channel 706
    • Kansas City Chiefts at Indianapolis Colts – Channel 707
    • Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Channel 708
    • Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Channel 709
    • Detroit Lions at Houston Texans – Channel 710
    • Seattle Seahawks at New Orleans Saints – Channel 711
  • 4pm EDT
    • San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Channel 712
  • 4:25pm EDT
    • Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – Channel 713

Enjoy the games!