Research Shows TV is Still Top News Source

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The findings of a recently published digital news report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism may come as a surprise. Despite living in an age of smartphones and constant Internet access, a survey of more than 20,000 people from 12 different countries revealed that the vast majority of individuals still rely on television as their primary news source.

The survey, involving participants of all ages, found that even the 18-24 demographic prefers TV news to news via social media or other platforms.

The full report is available online.

Opinions Vary on Best Way to Watch

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With several series available on a variety of online platforms, viewers have taken to watching multiple episodes in one sitting. This phenomenon, known as “binge-watching,” has struck up a debate about the best way to view today’s top programs.

One New York Post reporter strongly opposes binge-watching. In a recent article, he said, “there is no shared experience, which, let’s face it, is one of the great pleasures of watching television.”

Where do you stand on the binge-watching debate?

Kingman Names Suddenlink Best TV & Internet

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For the second consecutive year, Suddenlink has been named “Best Internet Provider” in the Kingman Daily Miner annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Suddenlink also received “Best Television Provider” from the Arizona newspaper.

Suddenlink offers residential customers in Kingman High Speed Internet MAX 50.0 service. With download speeds up to 50 Megabits per second (Mbps), it is the fastest residential Internet service offered in the community.

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.

‘Sun Outages’ May Affect TV Viewing

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Twice a year, during the fall and spring, 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 roughly Oct. 5 and Oct. 10. Typically, the effects, if visible, will occur between 12 p.m. and 9 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.

ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ Series Returns

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ESPN has announced the films selected for this year’s “30 for 30” sports documentary series, returning Oct. 7. A film will air each Tuesday evening for six consecutive weeks, beginning with “Playing for the Mob,” the story of the Boston College basketball games scandal, and the involvement of mobster Henry Hill.

See this year’s complete “30 for 30” lineup.

ESPN is available to 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.

ESPN to Air ESPY Awards Tonight

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The annual ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards return to ESPN tonight, July 16, at 8 p.m. CT. The show will bring the best sports stories of the year together in one evening, hosted by recording artist Drake.

Time still remains to vote for your favorite athletes and the best sports moment of the year. Visit the ESPN ESPY Awards webpage by 8 p.m. CT to cast your ballot.

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

Cable Nets Showered With Emmy Nominations

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Cable networks once again dominated the Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. HBO remains the most nominated network, having earned 99 total nods. “Game of Thrones” led the way with 19 nominations. FX received 45 nods, including 18 for miniseries “Fargo.”

Additional cable programs receiving multiple nominations were “American Horror Story: Coven” on FX (17), “The Normal Heart” on HBO (16), “Breaking Bad” on AMC (16) and “True Detective” on HBO (12).

FX and AMC 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.

Check here for a complete list of nominations.

Sites Help Parents Navigate Media

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A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that the average 8-year old spends seven hours a day consuming digital entertainment in the form of TV, computers, smart phones and video games.

With summer vacation nearing, it’s a good time to discuss appropriate TV viewing and to activate or update parent control settings. Healthy Kids recommends several resources designed to help parents and caregivers navigate children’s media exposure.

For more tips, see our past posts, “Parental Controls at Your Fingertips” and “TV Boss Helps Manage Kids’ Viewing.”