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.

WatchESPN Now Available

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We have launched WatchESPN, the app and website that allow viewers to watch live ESPN, anytime. Suddenlink customers now have access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.

Access to each network is based on customer video subscription. Content will be available on computers, tablets, smartphones and TV connected devices:

  • Online at WatchESPN.com.
  • Mobile on a smartphone or tablet with the WatchESPN app. The app is available to download free of charge at the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • Using ROKU and AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

WatchESPN offers easy access with a single login for authentication. We will continue to add more networks to the Suddenlink2GO app on additional mobile devices.

Site Lists April’s Best Nature Programming

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Staffers at environmental advocacy website Mother Nature Network offer their pick of this month’s best nature-themed TV series and specials, covering topics like animals, conservation and climate change. Check out the complete list.

 

Seasonal ‘Sun Outages’ May Affect TV Viewing

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 fall, sun outages may affect some channels – though only intermittently and generally for only a few minutes at a time – between now and Oct. 12. Typically, the effects, if visible, will occur between 7 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.

‘Mythbusters’ Challenge ‘Breaking Bad’ Science

 

Things get volatile tonight (9 p.m. CT, Discovery Channel) when the “MythBusters meet “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and star Aaron Paul to test some chemistry behind the popular AMC drama. The team recreates two iconic, acidic scenes to see if the science truly holds up or melts down.

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

Seasonal ‘Sun Outages’ May Affect TV Viewing

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. 24 and March 15. Typically, the effects, if visible, will occur between 7 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.

Suddenlink’s Lanham Honored as Tech Pacesetter

Suddenlink Vice President of Technical Operations Rodney Lanham was one of six engineers who received a Pacesetter Award from industry trade publication CED Magazine. The award recognizes engineers who have deployed new and innovative cable technologies.

Destination X Airs Sunday on Pay-Per-View

Austin Aries will take on Bobby Roode for the TNA world heavyweight championship at Destination X, Sunday, July 8, live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Suddenlink. Other featured matches include AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle. Additionally, eight wrestlers will meet in singles matches, with the winners competing in the Ultimate X match for the title.

This event is available only to residential, non-commercial customers, at a price of $34.99 ($44.99) in high-definition format (where available), which excludes taxes, fees, and equipment charges. The event requires a digital set-top box (receiver) and is only available 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.
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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 available to find it on one of the following channels, depending on where they receive service: 301, 500, 501, 621, 801, 811, 821 or 871.

All-Digital Upgrade Completed in Navasota, Texas

Today, we completed the transition to an all-digital TV lineup in Navasota, Texas, providing customers with superior picture and sound quality. We also introduced Video on Demand (VOD)  service.

After the conversion was completed, we introduced a host of new high-definition (HD) channels to the TV lineup. Among them are: broadcast stations KPRC HD (NBC), KRIV HD (FOX), KTMD HD (Telemundo), KUHT HD (PBS),  KHOU HD (CBS) and KTRK HD (ABC), as well as USA HD, CNN HD, TNT HD, Fox Sports Houston HD, ESPN HD, HGTV HD, Discovery Channel HD, FX HD, TBS HD, AMC HD, ABC Family HD, Disney HD, Animal Planet HD, Nickelodeon HD, History HD and CMT HD.

Also, Navasota customers who have Suddenlink digital receivers can enjoy VOD service, available on Channel 1. VOD features thousands of viewing choices, many of them in high-definition (HD) format, including movies, sports, news, music and popular cable-network shows. More than a third of the Suddenlink VOD library is free. The rest is available for either a per-view charge or monthly subscription. Viewers can order titles via remote control at any time.

These service enhancements are part of Project Imagine. We will continue to announce launches of new and enhanced services as they are confirmed.

New on Suddenlink VOD: ‘Mirror Mirror’

“Mirror Mirror,” described as a fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, is now available through Suddenlink Video on Demand.

The film features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her prince. Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane have supporting roles.

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