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.

Is 4K TV the ‘Next Big Thing?’

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Despite a crystal-clear picture, consumers have yet to embrace 4K TV (UHD), predicted to be the next big innovation. An article from The Connectivist attributes the lack of sales to customer disappointment following the hype surrounding 3D TV.

Early-adopters have not shied away from the high prices of emerging technology in the past, but consumers seem skittish in regards to 4K TV. Slow sales may also be a result of the lack of programming available. However, Netflix and YouTube are developing new content to take full advantage of the new technology, giving hope to users interested in 4K TV capabilities.

NCTA Launches New Parental Controls Site

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Cable offers a wide array of programming that serves diverse audiences. To help families manage the programming that comes into their homes, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has launched a new parental resource site, ControlwithCable.org.

The new site combines the existing ControlYourTV.org and PointSmartClickSafe.org into a single resource for parents looking to learn about cable’s parental controls. Users will find tools aimed at helping parents and caregivers manage their children’s television and online experiences.

Suddenlink customers can find related information on the following Web pages:

Parental Controls for i-Guide Users

Parental Controls for Online Viewing

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.”

Romance Out. Horror In. What Women Watch

Horror showsAccording to the recent AdWeek article “What Women Watch on TV,” today’s female audiences are gobbling up television’s darker fare.

More than half (59 percent) of FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” viewers were women. Within the cable drama realm, the next three most popular shows among female audiences were AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”

Another fun fact: More women watch NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” than the network’s reality romance show “The Bachelorette.”

AMC Will Send Fans to ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere

AMC is offering fans several chances to win a trip to Los Angeles for the season five premiere screening.

Each Sunday during “The Walking Dead,” two code words will be revealed during commercial breaks. At the end of each episode, The Walking Dead Fantasy Sweepstakes site will open, and remain open until 4:59 a.m. (CT) Monday, for fans to enter the code words.

Each week, one winner will be awarded a trip for two to L.A. for the new season’s red carpet premiere, where they’ll watch a screening with the show’s cast and crew. The prize also includes hotel, airfare, $250 in spending money, and a $500 prize pack from ShopTheWalkingDead.com. A new winner will be chosen every week throughout Season 4.

“The Walking Dead” can be seen on AMC Sundays at 8 p.m. CT. AMC is available to virtually all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.