Report: CNN Revamping Morning Lineup

Changes are coming to CNN’s morning lineup, according to The New York Times. In the works is a new four-hour morning show block. The first two hours will be hosted by recent ABC News correspondent Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, a former news anchor in Chicago. Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will host the second two-hour segment.

There’s no word on whether the new show block will be called “American Morning,” like CNN’s existing show, or be re-titled.

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

Award Recognizes Suddenlink Media

Vice President of Advertising Sales Rob Fouss and Senior Producer-Director Mitch Owen, of Suddenlink Media East, Parkersburg, W. Va., were recently honored by the Cable Advertising Bureau (CAB) for their “Don’t Text & Drive” public service announcement. Fouss and Owen received the CAB Award for Creative Commercial Production – Best PSA.

History Helping Honor Vietnam Vets

History Channel is partnering with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) Call for Photos, a nationwide campaign to collect a photograph for each of the 58,272 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The goal is to ensure Vietnam veterans’ stories and sacrifices will never be forgotten

Anyone with a picture of a service member listed on The Wall is encouraged to submit it online. Collected photographs will be displayed in the future Education Center at The Wall and appear on the VVMF’s Virtual Memorial Wall.

The partnership ties to History Channel’s upcoming six-hour special, “Vietnam in HD,” premiering Nov. 8.

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

Truckee, Auburn Get Faster Internet, TV Caller ID

In another upgrade, Truckee and Auburn customers can now see who’s phoning them on their TV screens with Suddenlink’s TV Caller ID service. When the phone rings, a banner pops up across the bottom of the TV screen to indicate who’s calling. The feature is free, but for it to work, customers must have a minimum combination of Suddenlink Phone and Digital TV.

These enhancements are part of Project Imagine. Suddenlink will continue to announce launches of new and enhanced services in other communities as they are confirmed.

Suddenlink Partners With C-SPAN Bus Tour

Residents in four of Suddenlink’s Texas communities are among the first to experience C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 Bus. The “Road to the White House” tour, named after C-SPAN’s signature political program, rolled into A&M Consolidated High School in College Station and nearby Bryan High School yesterday. Today, it stopped at Conroe and Willis High Schools in Conroe. Victoria East and West High Schools are scheduled to host the bus tomorrow.

The Campaign 2012 Bus travels the country to promote C-SPAN’s extensive resources and political coverage, giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. political process.

C‑SPAN, created by the cable television industry, is generally available to Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Sedona Area Gets 120-Plus New TV Channels

Suddenlink has added more than 120 new channels to its TV lineup in Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Munds Park, Lake Montezuma, and the Village of Oak Creek, Ariz. The channel additions marked the completion of an upgrade to superior all-digital picture and sound quality.

Included in the new channel lineup are four new channels in Suddenlink’s Basic package, more than 50 new digital channels, and more than 70 new HD channels. Details — including alphabetical and numeric lineups — have been mailed to customers.

The upgraded lineup is another step in a $10 million capital investment program in Arizona and two California communities. That program already has brought faster Internet speeds, video on demand (VOD), and other services to the area.

Earlier this month, Bullhead City and Kingman, Ariz., received more than 90 new TV channels.

Greenville Powers Crime Stoppers Telethon

Continuing a 25-year tradition, Suddenlink’s Greenville, N.C., operations helped sponsor last weekend’s annual Pitt-Greenville Crime Stoppers telethon, which generated more than $31,000 in donations for the crime-fighting organization.

Suddenlink hosted the event at its technical operations facility, televised the proceedings and provided telephone service. Vice President of Technical Operations Bill Paramore also presented a $1,000 check to the group on behalf of Suddenlink.

New on VOD: ‘Captain America,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’

Two new films – “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Winnie the Pooh” – are now available on Suddenlink Video on Demand (VOD).

In “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a program that transforms him into a superhero, engineered to battle the evil HYDRA organization. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones.

“Winnie the Pooh” is Disney’s newest animated take on A.A. Milne’s beloved adventures of a “silly old bear” and his band of friends.

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.

Nielsen: Traditional TV Viewing Still Popular

Traditional TV viewing continues to rise in popularity and frequency, according to Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report for the second quarter of 2011. Monthly time spent watching traditional TV rose 1.9 percent, to 146 hours and 20 minutes, a year-over-year increase of two hours and 43 minutes.

The study also found that Americans watched more than four times as much time-shifted TV – on digital video recorders (DVRs) and video-on-demand service – as online video. Households with a DVR increased to 39 percent, up 13 percent in the last year. In the last two years, time-shifted TV viewing per month rose 31 percent.