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(Albuquerque, NM) Thursday, October 26, 2017 —REELZ today announced that the groundbreaking documentary, JFK: The Smoking Gun, will return to the networkMonday, November 6 at 5pm.  The two-hour documentary, extensively researched by veteran police detective Colin McLaren, is based on his four and a half year investigation into JFK’s death including inspecting more than 30,000 government documents — totaling millions of pages — from the Warren Commission, FBI files, Dallas Sheriff’s Department files, media reports and the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) report issued in 1998.  (The ARRB was created in 1992 as an independent agency to re-examine assassination-related records that federal agencies still regarded as too sensitive to open to the public).

Up until today, 35,000 documents have not been fully available (some partially redacted) to the public, and among them, 3,603 had never been seen by the public.  Now, as thousands of previously classified and/or redacted government documents are released to the public, the repeat airing of JFK: The Smoking Gun will once again detail McLaren’s comprehensive investigation. The conclusion…McLaren answers what is perhaps the most asked question of the last 50 years—who killed JFK?

Detective McLaren’s research marks the first and only time a qualified homicide detective has carefully analyzed the complete catalog of evidence, testimony and witness statements surrounding the JFK assassination using state-of-the-art investigative tools and research methodologies. He uses gun/bullet evidence and facts and witness testimony from those on the ground and those in the presidential and surrounding limos, coupled with the 20-year probe by ballistics expert Howard Donahue to provide what is by far the most convincing, evidence-based explanation for what happened on November 22, 1963.  After reading Bonar Menninger’s Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, which details the 25 years of painstaking work done by Donahue, McLaren committed himself to digging even deeper in the case with the discipline of his crime scene investigation experience.




HALLMARK CHANNEL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS – NOVEMBER 2017

Title Details Premiere Date
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF ICE World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/4
MISS CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/5
THE SWEETEST CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/11
ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/12
COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/18
A GIFT TO REMEMBER World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/19
WITH LOVE, CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Wednesday, 11/22
THE MISTLETOE INN World Premiere Original Thursday, 11/23
FINDING SANTA World Premiere Original Friday, 11/24
THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN –

HALLMARK HALL OF FAME

World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/25
SWITCHED FOR CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/26

NOVEMBER WEEK ONE (October 30 – November 5)

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF ICE (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/4
7pm – 9pm

Awaiting bar exam results, Emma sets out to save her town’s beloved ice sculpture contest with the help of a handsome local tree farmer. As she revives the competition, she is reacquainted with a family tradition that sparks a new passion and maybe even a new love.
Stars Taylor Cole, Damon Runyan and Wendy Crewson.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas-festival-of-ice

MISS CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/5
7pm – 9pm

Nicknamed “Miss Christmas,” the official tree finder for Chicago’s renowned Radcliffe Tree lighting is left desperate to find the perfect tree. A letter from a young boy promising his tree is perfect sends her to a small town where she learns the young boy’s dad isn’t willing to part with his tree. While sparks fly, she’ll be forced to confront what she’s really been missing for Christmas.

Stars Brooke D’Orsay, Marc Blucas.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/miss-christmas

NOVEMBER WEEK TWO (November 6 – November 12)

THE SWEETEST CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/11
7pm – 9pm

When a struggling pastry chef makes it to the finals of a renowned ginger bread competition, she finds herself asking her high school sweetheart for help. As they grow closer, she realizes she must embrace the Christmas spirit or risk losing both the contest and a second chance at love.

Stars Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco, Jonathan Adams.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-sweetest-christmas  

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/12
7pm – 9pm

Interior designer Laura returns to Utah to spearhead the renovation of an old hotel in time for the annual Christmas Eve show run by Ricardo, her ex-boyfriend and dance partner. When Laura steps in to dance in the finale with Ricardo, she is pulled between her job, her family, and her reawakened feelings for Ricardo.

Stars Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/enchanted-christmas  

NOVEMBER WEEK THREE (November 13 – November 19)

COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/18
7pm – 9pm

When Lizzie is hired to manage a wealthy estate before it sells, she has the challenging task of bringing the estranged Marley family together for their last Christmas in the home they were raised.

Stars Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/coming-home-for-christmas 

A GIFT TO REMEMBER (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/19
7pm – 9pm

An accident between a sweet bookshop worker and  a handsome stranger leaves him without his memory. Determined to help him figure out who he is, she finds herself stepping outside of her comfort zone. In the process, she discovers taking risks can sometimes lead to the greatest rewards.

Stars Ali Liebert, Peter Porte, Tina Lifford.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-gift-to-remember

 

NOVEMBER WEEK FOUR (November 20 – November 26)

WITH LOVE, CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Wednesday, 11/22
7pm – 9pm

Ad executive Melanie is teamed up with uptight coworker Donovan to come up with the ultimate Christmas commercial for a new cell phone. To complicate matters, Donovan is also Melanie’s Secret Santa recipient. When Donovan mistakenly assumes another co-worker is his Secret Santa, Melanie must work to show him that she’s the only Santa for him.

Stars Emilie Ullerup, Aaron O’Connell.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/with-love-christmas

THE MISTLETOE INN (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Thursday, 11/23
7pm – 9pm

An aspiring romance writer attends a writer’s conference at a beautiful Vermont Inn. There, she meets another writer who appears to suffer from writer’s block. Through their time together, she begins to thrive and even writes a new chapter in her own romance story.

Stars Alicia Witt, David Alpay.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-mistletoe-inn

FINDING SANTA (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Friday, 11/24
7pm – 9pm

When the Santa who stars in their annual holiday parade falls off his sleigh and injures himself, Grace must go on a quest to find the perfect Santa.

Stars Jodie Sweetin, Eric Winter.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/finding-santa 

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL – HALLMARK HALL OF FAME
Saturday, 11/25
7pm – 9pm

From Hallmark Hall of Fame, a journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart.

Stars Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-christmas-train

SWITCHED FOR CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/26
7pm – 9pm

When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective Christmas parties, they’re convinced the grass is greener on the other side. Deciding to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever.

Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Deklin, Eion Bailey, Happy the Dog.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/switched-for-christmas


HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS – NOVEMBER 2017

Title Details Premiere Date
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/4
CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/5
A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/11
ENGAGING FATHER CHRISMTAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/12
CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING World Premiere Original Saturday, 11/18
A BRAMBLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/19
THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN –

HALLMARK HALL OF FAME

HMM Premiere Saturday, 11/25
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS World Premiere Original Sunday, 11/26

NOVEMBER WEEK ONE (October 30 – November 5)

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/4
8pm – 10pm

Tom is “Mr. Christmas,” the guy who can find the perfect gift for that special someone. But when he agrees to help an old college buddy discover his girlfriend’s Christmas wish, he ends up getting too close, and she ends up falling in love with him.

Stars Sam Page, Tara Holt.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/the-perfect-christmas-present

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/5
8pm – 10pm

Professional organizer Lydia meets Robert, an overwhelmed Chicago toy inventor with two young kids. When his company is asked to present their new Christmas toy line to a big superstore in 12 days, Robert needs Lydia’s help getting his life and his business in order.

Stars Catherine Bell, Eric Close.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/christmas-in-the-air

NOVEMBER WEEK TWO (November 6 – November 12)

A SONG FOR CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/11
8pm – 10pm

When popstar Adelaide Kay sneaks off the tour bus en route to her holiday performance, she finds herself stranded in rural Pennsylvania. While there, Adelaide attracts the attention of a family, the Lapps, who take her in at Christmas time.

Stars Becca Tobin, Kevin McGarry.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/a-song-for-christmas

ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/12
8pm – 10pm

Miranda leaves Seattle with a suitcase of presents to join her long lost family in Carlton Heath to experience the traditions she missed as a child. She is warmly welcomed by the Whitcomb family and when Ian makes the perfect proposal and picks out a cottage where they can live, it seems that all her dreams are about to come true.

Stars Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/engaging-father-christmas

NOVEMBER WEEK THREE (November 13 – November 19)

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Saturday, 11/18
8pm – 10pm

A military widow rents an apartment to an Army Captain recovering from an injury in battle. As they team up to save the town’s military museum with a Christmas fundraising event, these two “wounded birds” find themselves falling in love — and being healed by the magic of Christmas.Stars Julie Benz, Michael Shanks.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/christmas-homecoming

A BRAMBLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/19
8pm – 10pm

Believing that his late father was swindled by his nurse in his final days, Finn goes undercover to discover the truth. Crashing her all-expense paid trip to the magical Bramble House B&B, Finn soon learns that this single mother made a huge impression on his father’s life and deserves every penny willed to her.

Stars Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Teryl Rothery.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/a-bramble-house-christmas

NOVEMBER WEEK FOUR (November 20 – November 26)

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (2017) – HMM PREMIERE – HALLMARK HALL OF FAME
Saturday, 11/25
7pm – 9pm

From Hallmark Hall of Fame, a journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart.

Stars Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/the-christmas-train

A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS (2017) – WORLD PREMIERE ORIGINAL
Sunday, 11/26
8pm – 10pm

A successful motivational speaker learns the true meaning of Christmas when she is rescued from a near fatal accident by a stranger. This close encounter leads her to discover that helping others is not only the key to true success, but just might lead her to finding true love.

Stars Natalie Knepp, Michael Rady, Bonnie Bedelia, Steve Bacic.

For more information: http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/a-joyous-christmas

 

Cable Connects Families

Is technology good or bad for family relationships? Recently a new study found kids are spending more time than ever online, while Comcast debuted a new featured aimed to help families bond.


 

Cable’s digital phone and broadband have revolutionized staying in touch with far-flung family members. Compared to the old days of snail mail, pricey long distance phone calls or infrequent in-person visit, cable today keeps families connected and closer than ever.

Has that all that connectivity hurt face-to-face communication? A recent survey by Comcast finds that two of every five parents couldn’t recall their family’s last device-free meal. It’s not just kids – more than half of the parents surveyed said they’ve been asked to put their own devices away at the dinner table by their children.

Regarding children, a new report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that reviews media and digital products for children, found the following;

  • Children spend two hours and 19 minutes a day with “screen media,” which includes mobile devices, television, DVDs and videos, video game players, computers and small digital devices such as iPods and virtual reality headsets.
  • Children 8 years old and younger spend an average of 48 minutes per day on a mobile device, compared to 15 minutes per day in 2013 and 5 minutes in 2011.
  • Forty-two percent of children ages 8 and younger have their own tablet device, an increase from 7 percent in 2013 and 1 percent in 2011.

Back to the Comcast survey: Parents almost unanimously said that disconnecting from devices during mealtimes is key to bonding as a family.

As a result, in addition to promoting connectivity, Comcast has introduced a function on its Xfinity xFi platform that helps families disconnect for a time. The “pause device” feature is now the most popular function on that platform – it allows users to “pause” Wi-Fi access over a home network during specific times, like dinner or bedtimes, by either user or device. So far the feature has been used about five million times, most frequently between 6-9 p.m.

As a senior vice president for Comcast said, with the feature “parents have the power to decide when it’s time for family members to connect with each other, rather than their devices.”

Just as cable companies are making it easier to connect, they are innovating solutions to make those connections smarter. Features, including parental control tools, are giving parents and others more ability to define when and how online connections happen, striking a balance with the personal connections so important for family bonding.

Cable Salutes Veterans

Veterans Day is a time to pause to remember those who serve our country in the military, and the cable industry is no different. But cable doesn’t confine its commitment to our nation’s military to just one day or even one month – it’s year-round.


For the 11th year, cable operators across the country, including several in Texas, are participating in the Take a Veteran to School initiative from programmer HISTORY. Through events held at schools on or around Veterans Day, the popular public affairs outreach program connects veterans from all walks of life with students in schools and communities nationwide.

In 2017, thousands of schools in all 50 states are expected to participate. As part of this campaign, HISTORY offers participating schools curriculum-based educational materials as well as short videos and additional resources, all provided free-of-charge.

Another way cable honors veterans is by hiring them and helping them build a career, not just fill a job. It’s a win/win: those who served our country transition into a new career, and the cable industry gains highly skilled and disciplined employees. Cable is among the nation’s industries that recognize that military veterans have valuable talents and attributes – technical expertise, collaborative skills and a strong work ethic – that can be translated to many professional positions.

Comcast has hired more than 13,000 members of the military community since 2010. Learn more about Comcast’s commitment to the military, from recruitment and hiring initiatives to partnerships with Veteran-serving nonprofit organizations.

Charter Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Marchand recently testified to the U.S. House Veteran Affairs Committee that Charter is committed to expanding its outreach to veterans and helping to give them good jobs with benefits. He said Charter employs 12,000 veterans, who comprise 13 percent of the company’s workforce. Of that number, 4,000 veterans had been added since January. He said Charter plans to boost veteran hiring by 5 percent over the next three years.

In addition, Marchand testified that more than 1,000 veterans at military bases in four states are enrolled in Charter training programs, with plans to expand to a national program in the 41 states served by Charter.

As a whole, the cable industry debuted Mission Media almost two year ago. Mission Media’s role is to support the career and personal development of military veterans across the internet and television arena. The collective effort aims not only to recruit veterans to the industry, but to provide them with the training and support they need to succeed.

October Programming Highlights


As we prepare for Jewelry Television’s 24th birthday, we’re celebrating another milestone in JTV’s history! We are thrilled to announce that JTV is the official jewelry sponsor for Lifetime’s new competition series, American Beauty Star! JTV will be introduced to nearly 2 million Lifetime viewers starting 9/22/17.

This exciting beauty challenge features 12 hair and makeup gurus competing against each other in a series of 10 makeover matchups. JTV provided thousands of items for each week’s themed challenge to help the contestants complete their looks.
Tune-in to Lifetime 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s American Beauty Star to see the fabulous JTV jewelry featured from September 21 – November 30. 
 
Love the jewelry you see in each episode? Immediately following every American Beauty Star episode, tune-in to JTV for our new show, JTV’s StarStyle® to shop the fabulous looks seen on American Beauty Star or visit jtv.com/beautystar. Every Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Jennifer and Jana will bring you cutting edge designs and show you how easy it is to indulge your own passion for fashion.

Don’t forget to tune-in to American Beauty Star every Thursday at 10:30 p.m. through November 30 to see our JTV jewelry sparkle! We hope you have as much fun watching American Beauty Star as we had preparing for the show!



C-SPAN’s newest Bus is traveling the nation in partnership with its cable and satellite affiliates to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multiplatform service resources. Throughout the next 14-months, the C-SPAN Bus is embarking on a 50 Capitals Tour heading to every U.S. capital, opening its doors at each state capitol to welcome visitors. Our visit to Austin is November 2-3!

Additionally, we will have the bus parked downtown as part of the Texas Book Festival and will be covering the festival live on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

As the Bus travels, elected officials will be featured during C-SPAN’s signature morning program, Washington Journal. C-SPAN Representatives will also gather video responses from visitors as part of its “Voices from the States” – an opportunity for visitors to share viewpoints on state issues and what they think Washington leaders should do to address local concerns.

The new high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming



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CABLE IN THE COMMUNITY

Altice USA rolls out low-cost broadband service

Altice USA announced that its “Economy Internet” low-cost broadband service is available in both its Suddenlink footprint, including in Texas, and Optimum service areas to provide eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price. The $14.99 per month service offers broadband speeds of up to 30 Mbps downstream and free in-home WiFi. Learn more.

Altice USA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with launch of student essay contest

Altice USA is holding its annual student essay contest in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The company has partnered with Condista, which represents several Spanish-language TV channels. The contest is open to middle-school students (grades 6 through 8) and high-school students (grades 9 through 12) in the communities that Altice USA serves with its Optimum and Suddenlink services. The 2017 essay contest asks students to: “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.” Entries are due Nov. 1. Learn more.

C-SPAN EXPANDS

C-SPAN, created in 1979 as a public service by the U.S. cable industry and now in 100 million households, recently announced travels in Texas in a brand new bus, a milestone for its video library and a student video competition. It’s a busy fall for C-SPAN, with a goal to make government more open to the public solely with funding from cable and other video providers – it accepts no government money or underwriting support.


C-SPAN’s newest bus is coming to Texas Nov. 2-3 as part of its U.S. tour in partnership with its cable affiliates to engage with teachers, students, elected officials and viewers to showcase C-SPAN’s multiplatform service resources. The C-SPAN bus also will be near the Texas Capitol in Austin as part of the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 4-5 and will be covering the festival live on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

Since 1993, a C-SPAN Bus has traveled across the nation in partnership with C-SPAN’s cable and satellite providers to interact with the public through visits to local schools and community events.

The new high-tech, interactive C-SPAN Bus includes:

  • Access to an exclusive interactive experience available on 11 large screen tablets featuring C-SPAN programming and a myriad of political and educational resources
  • A smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers
  • A high-definition TV production studio for taped and live programming
  • A D.C. themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experience through social media.

About eight years after C-SPAN first went on the air, it decided to record everything shown on its networks. On Sept 15, C-SPAN’ video library marked its 30th anniversary. During those years, it has collected and cataloged over 165,000 events, including 14,000 Congressional hearings and 829 commencement speeches. Just like the rest of C-SPAN’s operations, the video library is privately funded by the cable industry and available for free to the public.

Meanwhile, middle and high school students across the country are invited to participate in

C-SPAN’s 14th annual StudentCam competition. The theme: “The Constitution and You” – entrants are to choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to the entrant. Entries are due Jan. 18, and the competition awards $100,000 in cash prizes. Learn more about the competition and how to enter.

While C-SPAN started with just one channel, today it operates three networks, an internet radio channel, a website with live coverage of events, and presence on numerous social media platforms. C-SPAN earlier this year

Are you watching C-SPAN? Every four years it commissions a survey of its audience. Among the findings from the most recent survey, released earlier this year: an estimated 70 million U.S. adults have accessed C-SPAN content in the past six months, and the audience is geographically balanced, fairly evenly split along gender lines, and politically active.

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CABLE CONTINUES BROADBAND DOMINATION

With about two-thirds of broadband subscribers in the U.S., cable’s broadband market share is at its highest level in 13 years, new data finds.


The latest quarterly stats show that cable companies now have 59.9 million broadband subscribers, having added 460,000 during the second quarter of 2017. Cable companies added about 3.1 million broadband subscribers over the past year, while telcos had net losses of about 550,000 broadband subscribers.

Why are broadband users flocking to cable and abandoning telcos? Faster speeds, upgraded equipment and evolving technology are some of the reasons cited.

Another recent report by independent internet testing group finds that both the average download and upload speed of fixed wired internet in the United States have increased over the past year. The report credits cable providers who are “making all the necessary investments and infrastructure upgrades to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 and to the increased affordability of higher tiered packages,” according to the report.

The U.S. broadband network has been built with $1.4 trillion of private capital investment. As a result, broadband networks reach nearly every corner of the nation – cable, the largest broadband provider, are available to 93 percent of U.S. homes. Learn more about broadband in the U.S.

Altice USA Extends Low-Cost Broadband Service across the Country

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS), one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, today announces that its ‘Economy Internet’ low-cost broadband service is available in both its Optimum and Suddenlink footprints, providing eligible families and senior citizens with access to fast, high-quality internet connectivity at an affordable price.

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