Seasonal ‘Sun Outages’ May Affect TV Viewing

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Twice a year, during the spring and fall, TV watchers may experience some degree of interference on some channels due to a phenomenon known as “sun outages.” The following Q&A will help you understand what they are and how they could affect you.

What is a sun outage?

A sun outage is an interruption in TV signals caused by interference from solar radiation. The interference is caused when the sun is in direct line with a communication signal and the sun’s radiation overwhelms it.

How does this affect watching TV?

During this time, people with cable or satellite TV service may experience interference on some channels that can affect picture quality and sound. The picture, for instance, may pixilate slightly, or clicking sounds may be heard. In some cases, picture or sound may completely drop for a few minutes.

Sun outages do not affect Internet or phone service.

How long does the interference last?

Such interference can last up to several minutes a day.

When will this interference happen?

This spring, sun outages may affect some channels – though only intermittently and generally for only a few minutes at a time – between roughly Feb. 28 and March 11. Typically, the effects, if visible, will occur between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT.

What should you do?

If you experience picture or sound interference during these times, please be patient. Your service should return to normal after a short while.

USA Unites Awards Nominations Due April 17

The nomination period for the USA Unites Awards runs through April 17. Suddenlink is again partnering with USA Network for the annual awards, which are part of the network’s ongoing public affairs campaign to address social injustices and bridge cultural divides. The program recognizes extraordinary individuals dedicated to improving lives and strengthening their communities.

Ten winners will each receive a $5,000 grant to help start or build on their community projects, which will also be featured on-air and online. For the first time, this year’s program will include a youth category to recognize young people inspiring change.

Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online.

UFC 184 Offered on Pay-Per-View Saturday

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The undefeated “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will attempt to remain the only champion in women’s bantamweight history when she squares off against “Alpha” Cat Zingano Saturday, Feb. 28. UFC 184 will be available live at 9 p.m. CT on pay-per-view (PPV) from Suddenlink.

This event is available only to residential, non-commercial customers, at a price of $49.99 ($59.99 in high-definition format where available), which excludes taxes, fees, and equipment charges. The event requires a digital set-top box (receiver) and is available only in areas where Suddenlink offers PPV. Other restrictions may apply. Residential orders can be placed using a digital remote or by calling 877-694-9474 for more information.

Four preliminary matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, which is available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.
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Please note that Suddenlink video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view (PPV) are distinct services. Where VOD service is available, Suddenlink customers with digital receivers can find the VOD menu by tuning to Channel 1. In contrast, where PPV service is available, customers should be able to locate the PPV menu through their digital receiver’s interactive channel guide. Alternatively, if customers have trouble locating the PPV menu through the channel guide, they should be able to find it on one of the following channels, depending on where they receive service: 301, 500, 501, 621, 801, 811, 821 or 871.

Great Websites for Kids Selection Announced

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The Great Websites for Kids committee, comprised of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, has once again announced its annual selection of fun, educational sites for children. Recommended sites are organized by category: Animals, The Arts, History and Biography, Literature and Language, Mathematics and Computers, Reference Desk, Sciences and Social Sciences.

Parents and caregivers can view the complete list of age-appropriate online content now.

NBC Bids Farewell to ‘Parks and Rec’

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After 6 years and seven seasons, “Parks and Recreation” will conclude tonight.  The series, starring Amy Poehler as city employee Leslie Knope, will air a special one-hour finale.

Bid farewell to the city of Pawnee at 9 CT, following the season premiere of The Voice on NBC.

NBC is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

On Demand Films Win Big at the Oscars

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Several movies honored at last night’s Academy Awards are now available, or will soon be available, through Suddenlink On Demand.

Taking home the Best Picture award was “Birdman,” which also earned Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay. Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor award for his role in “The Theory of Everything.” Watch both now, On Demand.

J.K. Simmons received Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Whiplash,” which also earned Best Film Editing and Sound Mixing. “Big Hero 6” took the award for Best Animated Film. Both will be available tomorrow, Feb. 24, On Demand.

USA Today offers a full list of 2015 Oscar winners.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out these and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.

On Demand Films Earn Oscar Nominations

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Several films available through Suddenlink On Demand have dominated the 2015 Academy Awards nominations. “Birdman” is the most-nominated film, currently in the running for nine awards including “Best Picture,” “Best Actor” and “Best Director.”

Additional Oscar-nominated films available are “The Theory of Everything” and “Nightcrawler.”

Check here for a complete list of nominations. The 87th Academy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. CT on ABC.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out this and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.

New On Demand: ‘Inherent Vice’

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Academy Award nominee “Inherent Vice” is now available through Suddenlink On Demand.

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Thomas Pynchon, “Inherent Vice” is a noir comedic thriller about a detective embroiled in the middle of a kidnapping case. Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin star.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out this and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.

Four New Movies Available On Demand

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Comedy sequel “Dumb and Dumber To,” biopic “The Theory of Everything,” comedic drama “St. Vincent,” and dark comedy “Birdman” are now available through Suddenlink On Demand.

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles in “Dumb and Dumber To,” setting out on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter. Rob Riggle and Laurie Holden also star.

“The Theory of Everything” tells the story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking as he falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star.

In “St. Vincent,” a young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts star.

Michael Keaton stars in the Oscar-nominated “Birdman,” the story of a washed-up actor struggling to mount a Broadway play. Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton also star.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out these and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.

New On Demand: ‘The Last 5 Years’

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Musical romance “The Last 5 Years” debuts in theatres today, but you can enjoy from the comfort of your home with Suddenlink On Demand.

Based on the hit musical by Jason Robert Brown, a struggling actress and her novelist boyfriend recount the rise and fall of their five-year love affair. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star.

Where Suddenlink On Demand is available, check out this and other titles by going to Channel 1. A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the On Demand menu.