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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Parental Controls for Online Viewing

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.

Is 4K TV the ‘Next Big Thing?’

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Despite a crystal-clear picture, consumers have yet to embrace 4K TV (UHD), predicted to be the next big innovation. An article from The Connectivist attributes the lack of sales to customer disappointment following the hype surrounding 3D TV.

Early-adopters have not shied away from the high prices of emerging technology in the past, but consumers seem skittish in regards to 4K TV. Slow sales may also be a result of the lack of programming available. However, Netflix and YouTube are developing new content to take full advantage of the new technology, giving hope to users interested in 4K TV capabilities.

NCTA Launches New Parental Controls Site

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Cable offers a wide array of programming that serves diverse audiences. To help families manage the programming that comes into their homes, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has launched a new parental resource site, ControlwithCable.org.

The new site combines the existing ControlYourTV.org and PointSmartClickSafe.org into a single resource for parents looking to learn about cable’s parental controls. Users will find tools aimed at helping parents and caregivers manage their children’s television and online experiences.

Suddenlink customers can find related information on the following Web pages:

Parental Controls for i-Guide Users

Parental Controls for Online Viewing