All-Digital Upgrade Completed in Kinston

Yesterday, we completed the transition to an all-digital TV lineup in Kinston, N.C., providing customers with superior picture and sound quality.
After the conversion was completed, we introduced more than 30 new high-definition (HD) channels to the TV lineup. Among them are: Turner Classic Movies HD, Golf Channel HD, Disney XD HD, OWN HD, The Science Channel HD, GSN HD, Fox Business Network HD, ESPNews HD, ESPNU HD, Speed Channel HD, Fuel HD, Outdoor Channel HD, The Sportsman Channel HD, NFL Red Zone HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, HBO2 HD, HBO Family HD, HBO Comedy HD, The Movie Channel HD, EPIX HD, Starz Comedy HD and InDemand HD, which offers pay-per-view programming.

How do I … ?

Some customers have asked:  “How do I schedule recordings on my Suddenlink TiVo® HD/DVR, so I don’t miss the first or last few minutes of my favorite programs?” 

This is an increasingly common question as more broadcast and cable networks are staggering their show start and stop times. 

Our friends at TiVo suggested three remedies:

For more tips and tricks related to your Suddenlink TiVo HD/DVR, visit the Suddenlink help site.

Cable Offers Fresh Summer Fare

Are you already tired of summer reruns?  Cable offers plenty of new programming tonight.  Here’s a sampling:

New seasons of “Hot in Cleveland,” “The Exes” and “The Soul Man” begin on TV Land.  On TNT, season three of “Franklin & Bash” premieres. A fresh season of “Futurama” starts on Comedy Central.

You can catch new episodes of “Melissa & Joey” on ABC Family, and both “Royal Pains” and “Necessary Roughness” on USALifetime will air its newest special, “John Walsh Investigates: Abduction in the Heartland.”

To see a complete list of TV programming available in your area tonight, visit My Suddenlink and enter your zip code.

Check Out These Smart, Sleek Home Gadgets

Are you the first one on the block with the latest gizmo? Is your home décor reminiscent of “The Jetsons?”  Here are 10 high-tech gadgets that Mashable recommends to “optimize, simplify and beautify your home.”

Four New Films Come to VOD This Week

“Jack the Giant Slayer,” “21 & Over,” “Quartet” and “The Last Exorcism Part II” are now available through Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD).

“Jack the Giant Slayer” expands the classic fairy tale into the story of a farmhand who opens a gateway between our world and a race of giants who strive to reclaim the land they once lost. 

For “21 & Over,” the writing team who gave us “The Hangover” trilogy reunites to tell the adventure of a straight-A, do-the-right-thing college student whose friends convince him to loosen up and celebrate his 21st birthday with them.

Both movies come to VOD 28 days before Netflix and Redbox.

Dustin Hoffman directs and Maggie Smith stars in “Quartet,” the comedic tale of an eternal diva who shakes things up when she arrives at a home for retired opera singers.  Tom Courtenay and Billy Connolly also star.

In “The Last Exorcism Part II,” Nell tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, but the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

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

New MacBook Air Boasts Better Battery Life

USA Today tech writer Ed Baig recently tested the new Apple MacBook Air, including its all-day battery claim.  Baig reports, “…the Air indeed proved to have very good stamina, if falling short of the 12-hour battery max that Apple achieved under somewhat less stringent testing conditions.”

Read Baig’s full review.

Catch ‘Love, Marilyn’ Free Tonight on HBO

The documentary “Love, Marilyn” premieres tonight on HBO.  Customers who do not subscribe to the premium channel can watch through a special HBO – Cinemax on Demand free preview, available for Suddenlink customers who have Video on Demand (VOD).

“Love, Marilyn” reveals intimate details about the real Marilyn Monroe through her own words – culled from recently discovered personal papers, diaries and letters – as read on camera by a variety of actors, including F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsay Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. The readings are embellished by archival footage, photos, and recordings.

Tech Tools Made to Bring Back Family Time

If your family members are more connected to their gadgets than to each other, there are, ironically, tech tools available to help bring everyone together.  Consumer tech journalist Jennifer Jolly explains in “Use Tech to Take Back Family Quality Time.”

Time is Running Out on Five VOD Films

The clock is ticking on five Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD) titles.

The rental window for “Zero Dark Thirty” closes Wednesday, June 19. Other films expiring soon include: “Intouchables” (June 25), “The Man with the Iron Fists” (June 26), “Wreck-It Ralph” (June 27), and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (June 28).

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

HBO, Cinemax ‘Freeviews’ on VOD This Weekend

This weekend and Monday, June 14 – 17, HBO and Cinemax on Demand are offering “freeviews” to Suddenlink customers who have Video on Demand (VOD).  Customers will have free and instant access to hours of HBO and Cinemax programming, including Monday’s season premiere of HBO’s hit series “True Blood.” 

Where Suddenlink VOD is available, check out these freeviews by going to Channel 1, then “Premiums” and then “HBO” or “Cinemax.” A Suddenlink digital receiver is required to access the VOD menu.