C-SPAN Marks 30 Years of Senate Coverage

cspan annivJune 2 marked a special anniversary for the U.S. Senate and for C-SPAN. It was the 30th anniversary of the first television coverage of the Senate’s floor debate, carried on C-SPAN2. C-SPAN2 was launched to carry the video feed from the Senate chamber, live and gavel-to-gavel. An anniversary page highlights the first televised session and some of the significant issues covered over the past 30 years.

C-SPAN and CSPAN2, created and supported by the cable television industry to provide public access to the political process, are available to substantially all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

C-SPAN Student Documentary Contest Returns

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For its 12th annual StudentCam competition, C-SPAN is asking students to create short video documentaries based on the topic “Road to the White House: What’s the issue you most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?”

The grand prize winner with the best overall entry will be awarded $5,000, with cash prize awards of $250, $500, $750, $1,500 and $3,000 for runners-up in both middle and high school categories. The deadline for entries is Jan. 20, with winners announced in March. The top winning videos will air on C-SPAN in April.

C-SPAN, created by the cable television industry to provide public access to the political process, is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Plunge Watching: A New Way to View

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With TV series available on a variety of platforms, many viewers now enjoy watching back-to-back episodes in one sitting. Washington Post entertainment writer Marc Silver, however, is betting he’s not alone in lacking time for hours-long binge-watching.

“If there’s a show you’d like to sample, take the plunge and tune in to the latest episode,” Silver suggests in his latest column.  “Sure, you may be confused at times. But you’ll probably be able to figure out what’s going on.”

Where do you stand on the binge-watching debate?

Cable Nets Again Rule Emmy Nominations

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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were recently announced, and cable programs lead the way, once again. After the announcement, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) decided to research why cable programs consistently perform well at the Emmys.

In the recent article, the NCTA cites cable’s creative freedom to explore themes that network TV might not. As the NCTA stated, “audiences have made it clear what they’re after: narratives that push social boundaries and defy conventional norms, and actors who can pull it off.”

Drone Technology is Changing the Sports World

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As technology expands, the way we watch TV will also continue to advance. This year, professional sports coverage began incorporating drones to cover major events. From the Kentucky Derby to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the unmanned aircrafts provide coverage not accessible before.

An article from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) notes, however, that we will have to wait until after more flexible regulations are passed before we see drones at larger sporting events.

USA Unites Awards Nominations Due

The deadline to submit entries for this year’s USA Unites Awards is tomorrow, April 17, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Nominations can be submitted online to recognize extraordinary individuals dedicated to improving lives and strengthening 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.

To nominate yourself or someone you know, visit http://www.charactersunite.com/. The entry requires a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence.

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.

Celebrate Safer Internet Day Tomorrow

SID15Tuesday, Feb. 10, marks Safer Internet Day, organized each year to promote proper use of technology, especially among children. Hundreds of organizations celebrate the day, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.

To take part in Safer Internet Day, visit the official website for a list of events. Suddenlink customers can also find related internet safety information on the following Web pages:

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Cable Programming to Commemorate 9/11

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Beginning today, new and returning television documentaries, specials and movies will mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. Channel Guide Magazine has a lengthy list of programming that will recall the events and their impact on the country.

Included are specials on Animal PlanetHistory and Discovery Channel, which are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Cable Nets Shine at Primetime Emmys

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Cable networks once again fared well at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Of 27 major awards presented, 14 went to cable programs and individual actors on cable shows.

The AMC original series “Breaking Bad” led the way with six awards, rivaled by HBO’s “True Detective.” The drama series starring Matthew McConaughey won five Emmys.

FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” captured four Emmys, including lead actress and supporting actress in a TV miniseries or movie. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” also won four awards.

AMC and FX are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

To order HBO or other premium cable channels, go to http://www.suddenlink.com/television/why/. Scroll to “Premium Entertainment,” and click “Find Offers.”

USA Today has a complete list of winners.