Online Fare for College Hoops Fans

As the NCAA Tournament heads into the next round of games that will determine the “Elite Eight,” there’s ample material across the Internet to augment die-hard fans’ enjoyment of college basketball’s greatest show.

Wondering which teams will advance? Experts weigh in with their predictions at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Sporting News and Bleacher Report. Broadcasting icon Dick Vitale offers his take on Twitter and Facebook.

Once the games begin, fans can supplement their viewing experience with live blogging reports. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Grantland, all offered live blogging earlier in the tournament and are expected to do so again.

And if you think you know your NCAA Tournament basketball, test your knowledge here, here and here.

Finally, remember that – if you’re away from home tomorrow and Friday – you can stream the games on TBS live through Suddenlink2GO.

New on VOD: Two Hit Novels Adapted for Film

War drama “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and action-mystery “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” are now available through Suddenlink Video on Demand.

An espionage veteran comes out of retirement to ferret out a Soviet agent in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”  The adaptation of John Le Carre’s Cold War-era novel stars Gary Oldman, Mark Strong, John Hurt, and Colin Firth.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” — the first in a three-film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy — follows a young female computer hacker (Rooney Mara) who helps a journalist (Daniel Craig) search for a woman who has been missing for 40 years. 

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.

Fort Sill, Okla., Gets New HD Channels

Today, we introduced more than two dozen new high-definition (HD) TV channels in Fort Sill, Okla. Among them are: CMT HD, CNN HD, Nickelodeon HD, Discovery Channel HD, NFL Network HD, Spike TV HD, MTV HD, TLC HD, ABC Family HD, CNBC HD, Fox News Channel HD, Hallmark Channel HD, Animal Planet HD, Comedy Central HD, truTV HD and Outdoor Channel HD.

HDTV offers a widescreen format, similar to a movie theater, with distinctly sharper images and better sound quality than standard TV.

The noted channel additions are part of Project Imagine. We will continue to announce launches of new and enhanced services as they are confirmed.

New on VOD: Marilyn Monroe, Musketeers Films

Biographical drama “My Week With Marilyn” and action-adventure film “The Three Musketeers” are now available through Suddenlink Video on Demand.

In “My Week With Marilyn,” a lowly production assistant (Eddie Redmayne) on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl” documents the week he spent befriending Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and helping her escape the pressures of fame and Hollywood. Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench have supporting roles.

“The Three Musketeers (2011)” is a fresh adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel. A hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich).

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.

Stillwater Debuts Renovated Store

Chamber of Commerce representatives helped local Suddenlink employees and regional executives cut a ceremonial ribbon last week to celebrate the opening of Suddenlink’s newly renovated retail store in Stillwater, Okla.

The store, a base of operations for about 30 employees, now offers customers hands-on interactive displays featuring Suddenlink services. Counters no longer separate salespeople from customers, allowing more personal interaction.

Since last September, Suddenlink has unveiled new or renovated stores in Arkadelphia, Jonesboro, El Dorado and Russellville, Ark.; Alexandria, Natchitoches and Ruston, La.; Branson and St. Joseph, Mo.; Abilene, Conroe, Little Elm and Lubbock, Texas; and Point Pleasant, W. Va.

Stream NCAA Games Live through Suddenlink2GO

Through March 23, don’t miss a single shot of the games on TNT, TBS, and truTV.

If one or more of those channels is part of your Suddenlink TV service, you can stream men’s college basketball games live through Suddenlink2GO®, wherever you are. Just login to your Suddenlink account – starting here – and select the games you want to see. (If you don’t yet have an online account with us, visit Suddenlink.net and follow the registration instructions provided there.)

TNT and TBS are available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic service; truTV is available to most Suddenlink customers on either Expanded Basic or on one of our incremental levels of service known as digital tiers.

New on VOD: ‘The Descendants,’ ‘Happy Feet Two’

Drama-comedy “The Descendants” and animated family film “Happy Feet Two” are now available through Suddenlink Video on Demand.

In “The Descendants,” George Clooney portrays a father trying to repair his relationship with two daughters after his wife is injured in a boating accident off Waikiki. The film, based on a novel by the same name, also features Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster and Judy Greer.

“Happy Feet Two” stars Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski and Anthony LaPaglia, reprising their roles from the animated movie that proved a tap-dancing penguin can save the day. For this sequel, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Sofía Vergara join the Arctic adventures.

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.

Any-Room DVR Availability

We inadvertently missed a few updates on the launch of our any-room DVR service, which allows customers who have (for instance) three TiVo® Premiere DVRs from Suddenlink to record up to six shows at the same time, watch recordings on any TV, start watching in one room and resume in another, and have up to 600 hours of recording space.While the following list is not comprehensive, it covers the vast majority of the areas in which this service is now available. We will announce others as they are confirmed.

    Arkansas: Cabot, Hot Springs Village, Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Russellville

    California: Auburn, Humboldt County, Truckee

    Louisiana: Alexandria, Bastrop, Bossier City, DeRidder, Lake Charles, Minden, Natchitoches, Ruston

    Missouri: Branson, St. Joseph, Nixa

    North Carolina: Greenville, Kinston, New Bern, Rocky Mount, Tarboro

    Oklahoma: Enid, Stillwater

    Texas: Abilene, Amarillo, Athens, Brenham, Bryan-College Station, Conroe/Lake Conroe, Georgetown, Kingwood, Jacksonville, Lubbock, Lufkin, Midland, Paris, Plainview, San Angelo, Snyder, Tyler, Victoria

Suddenlink Reaches Agreement with AMC Networks

Suddenlink is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement in principle on a long-term contract with AMC Networks. As a result, there will be no disruption or change to our customers’ current service.

The new agreement covers all of the channels covered under the prior agreement, including AMC, IFC, Sundance, and WE tv. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Suddenlink thanks its customers for their patience and support during the negotiations leading up to this agreement.

AMC Refuses Another Suddenlink Proposal

We offered to accept the contract terms that AMC previously agreed to with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which has nearly 1,000 member companies, including Suddenlink. AMC said “No.”

For details on the other two Suddenlink requests AMC rejected, please see the information we posted late yesterday.

Suddenlink remains willing to make AMC programming available to our customers while we continue to negotiate.