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It might not have been on your student’s official back-to-school supply list, but broadband today is an educational necessity both in and out of the classroom. Now that Texas kids are back in school, arming them with the latest technology, devices and access to high-speed broadband is part of the cable industry’s commitment to furthering education.

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As part of a continuous commitment to expand broadband access, representatives of Charter Communications, Inc. are joining Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin Housing Authority to promote the availability of Spectrum Internet Assist in Central Texas. Spectrum Internet Assist delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds to eligible families and seniors.

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August Cable Programming Highlights

Just north of Las Vegas a real fortune awaits. The unforgiving Great Basin Desert may not seem like an ideal place to strike it rich, but buried beneath the barren landscape is a treasure worth millions. The challenge is knowing how to find it. For three generations the Otteson family has been unearthing some of the most sought-after turquoise in the world.Turquoise Fever follows the clan as they battle inhospitable conditions and intense dangers from their base of operations in Tonopah, Nevada. From detonating explosives on treacherous slopes to the pressure of meeting the demands of international buyers, every day is a wild adventure and there is always a thin line between failure and success. Watch the series premiere of Turquoise Fever on August 14th at 9PM ET, then tune in every Wednesday for an all new episode!

Cashed Out
Monday, August 5 @ 8pm CT
When a wealthy celebrity checks out there’s no shortage of people ready to cash in. Settling huge estates also means swatting away the shady people lurking in the background of a celebrity’s life who are ready to make claims in an attempt to collect.

Truth and Lies: The Family Manson
Thursday, August 8 @ 7pm CT
In 1969, amidst a counterculture era of sex, drugs, rock and roll and not long after the Summer of Love, Americans had a rude awakening when Charles Manson’s followers killed seven people on two consecutive nights. The two-hour ABC News special Truth and Lies: The Family Manson lays out the jarring details about the gruesome crime sprees committed by Manson and his cult of devoted followers. Included is footage of the one-on-one interview between Manson and Diane Sawyer, a relative of Sharon Tate and Manson family members Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel who give their chilling accounts of the murders and their involvement.

Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops
Sunday, August 11 @ 8pm CT
Robin Williams was a towering talent with raucous unbridled energy and a spitfire style of telling jokes but he also battled alcoholism and drug use throughout his adult life. In the hour-long special Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops we examine the dichotomy of his soaring showbiz success and untimely death while separating fact from fiction and creative work from the man behind it to understand not just from where his genius sprung but how that same wellspring lead to his demise.

John Wayne Gacy: Killer Clown’s Revenge
Part 1 – Sunday, August 18 @ 8pm CT
Part 2 – Monday, August 19 @ 8pm CT
Gacy’s shocking and depraved real story unfolds in the four-hour, two-night special John Wayne Gacy: Killer Clown’s Revenge with police investigators and experts recounting how Gacy’s wife and many others suspect he’s up to evil but thanks to his political connections and clown persona, Pogo, no one realizes the depths of his sinister crimes. He cruises the streets looking for young victims who he kills and buries in a crawlspace graveyard beneath his home. Gacy is found guilty of 33 counts of murder and sentenced to death as punishment for one of the most horrific killing sprees in American history.

The Real Story of…
Thursday, August 22 @ 8pm CT
The Real Story of… unpicks fact from fiction with interviews from the real people behind these extraordinary events. Each story is brought to life with enthralling dramatic reconstruction and archive footage of the actual events. What really happened is more intriguing, thrilling and revealing than what ever made it to theaters.

The Last 100 Days of Diana
Saturday, August 31 @ 8pm CT
In the two-hour special The Last 100 Days of Diana host Martin Bashir hears accounts from people inside Diana’s inner circle, including rare interviews with close friends and her personal staff from her former butler, chef and bodyguard to her press secretary and personal trainer. These voices provide deep insight into what Lady Diana was thinking as she navigated personal and public in the summer after her divorce from Prince Charles until her untimely death in 1997.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories: Burt Reynolds
Tuesday, September 3 @ 8pm CT
In one of his most in-depth interviews before his death in 2018 legendary actor Burt Reynolds sat down with renowned TV host, reporter and personality Piers Morgan for a one-on-one interview to share his thoughts on being the biggest box-office draw in America in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with hits including the Smokey and the Bandit movies, The Cannonball Run and The Longest Yard. Reynolds also opened up to Morgan about his personal life and relationships with fellow stars including his storied romance with Sally Field and his take on posing nude for Cosmopolitan magazine and how he says it cost him an Oscar®.

Joan Rivers: Behind Closed Doors
Wednesday, September 4 @ 8pm CT
Joan Rivers was a true showbiz pioneer. She was funnier, smarter and more risqué than her male counterparts at a time when comedy was unquestionably a man’s world. But despite all of the success of her 55-year career Rivers believed she never got the recognition she deserved and her acerbic and aggressive stand-up style let you know that she knew it. In Joan Rivers: Behind Closed Doors host Natalie Morales explores how Rivers became a groundbreaking comedian and entertainer and sheds light on who the real woman was beyond the footlights. Joan Rivers: Behind Closed Doors offers an intimate look at the tough, relentless woman who broke or ignored the prevailing rules of show business, hit rock bottom more than once and who rose to greater heights every time.

Patrick Swayze: Ghosts and Demons
Saturday, September 7
Patrick Swayze was a beloved leading man in Hollywood. But Swayze’s public face masked a world of pain, fear and self-sabotage. In the two-hour special, Patrick Swayze: Ghosts and Demons, see Swayze’s rise to fame lead him to his breakout role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 The Outsiders. Swayze’s incredible acting range had him starring in TV shows as well as movies and the surprise hit Dirty Dancing also gave him an opportunity to show his skills as a singer and songwriter. Despite his many successes Swayze often battled with personal setbacks including his battles with alcohol and other personal tragedies that rattled the star to the core.

Capturing Chris Watts
Sunday, September 15 @ 7pm CT
He made a brazen missing persons plea for help to find his family just hours after they were reported missing but what Chris Watts didn’t reveal was that he had already strangled his pregnant wife Shannan and their daughters four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste. In this chilling hour-long special Capturing Chris Watts draws upon more than 200 hours of never-before-seen police bodycam footage and surveillance footage from security cameras around the Watts’ Colorado home. It gives viewers a riveting inside look at a real-time police investigation as the cold-blooded killer unravels from his distraught family man façade, to the police’s interrogation, a failed lie detector test, before he breaks down in a tearful confession to his own father.

Stephen King: Master of Horror
Sunday, September 22 @ 8pm CT
From Hollywood stars John Lithgow and Jason Clarke on the set of Stephen King’s new remake of his classic movie Pet Sematary to the stars of Carrie and many old friends and movie critics this special tells the incredible tales behind King’s most famous books and movies. Known as the master of horror, King’s work is back on the big screen with Pet Sematary and the recent adaptation of IT becoming the biggest-selling horror movie of all time. With more than 350 million books sold and countless movies made King’s popularity knows no bounds but the road to success has been plagued with death, disappearance and addiction.


As part of a continuous commitment to expand broadband access, representatives of Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) are joining Congressman Marc Veasey and Trinity River Mission to promote the availability of Spectrum Internet Assist in North Texas. Spectrum Internet Assist delivers industry-leading 30/4 Mbps broadband speeds to eligible families and seniors for just $14.99 per month.

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Perhaps nothing has revolutionized the world of video games – from how gamers play to how they access those games – more than the evolution of high speed broadband such as provided by cable, the leading broadband provider in Texas and the nation. Andcable is working on an initiative – 10G – which some believe is key to the future success of the gaming industry.

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Cable saves you energy

As Texas’ summer heat starts to climb, so do energy bills as Texans take refuge in the air conditioning. But if your beat-the-heat plan also includes watching more television instead of spending time outdoors, know that cable won’t contribute to your rising energy bill.

The cable industry is a leader in implementing green programs that save their customers energy and money. In fact, one of cable’s energy efficiency initiatives recently was recognized by Environmental Leader, a daily trade publication covering energy, environmental and sustainability news.

The cable industry operates under two energy efficiency agreements.

One covers set-top boxes used by more than 90 percent of the U.S. pay TV market, including those used by cable. An audit in August 2018found that this agreementhad saved consumers $3.5 billion since 2012 and avoided more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, national set-top box energy consumption had dropped by 34 percent, nearly enough to eliminate the annual generation produced by four typical 500-megawatt coal-run power plants.

The second agreement, established in June 2015, covers internet modems, routers and other equipment that delivers broadband service to more than 85 percent of the residential broadband market. By 2018, the agreement had already improved the efficiency of home internet devices by 20 percent.

This second agreement concerning network equipment and its impact on energy efficiency recently earned the Consumer Technology Association one of the Environmental Leader’s 2019 Project of the Yearawards.The same award was presented to the Consumer Technology Association and the NCTA – The Internet & Television Associationin 2016for the agreement on set-top boxes.

As these agreements have expired and been extended, the cable industry has taken the opportunity to commit to even more rigorous energy efficiency goals.

How do cable companies that serve Texans perform when it comes to energy efficiency? A website devoted to the two voluntary agreementshas compiled performance data for Altice USA (Suddenlink services), Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Comcast (Xfinity), as well as cable operators that serve other parts of the country and satellite and telecom companies.

The website includes two types of data:

  • STB: The energy efficiency of digital receivers that have been purchased by an individual company since January 1, 2014.
  • SNE: The energy efficiency of Small Network Equipment (SNE) models, such as internet modems and routers, that have been purchased by an individual company since January 1, 2015 for use with its residential broadband internet access service.

In addition, Comcast, under the leadership of the company’s first-ever sustainability officer, has adopted a company-wide visionto create a culture of sustainable innovation that inspires environmental responsibility. This strategy focuses on four areas: energy and emissions, materials and waste, products and experiences, and engagement and outreach.

The goal: zero emissions, zero waste and 100% renewable energy. Comcast NBCUniversal also has committed to contributing 500,000 green volunteer hours by 2020. Learn more on the section of Comcast’s website devoted to sustainability.

In the bigger picture, the number of consumer tech products in our homes is increasing, but their share of our total energy use is steadily shrinking. U.S. households’ tech devices consume 25 percent less energythan they did in 2010, according to the Consumer Technology Association.

Televisions are among consumer technology’s major energy efficiency success stories. Since at least 2006, TVs have accounted for the majority of consumer technology’s overall energy use in U.S. homes. However, innovations in designs and displays have decreased TVs’ annual in-home energy consumption dramatically, declining 30 percent from 2013 to 2017.The average cost to power a TV in the U.S. is now less than five cents a day.

11 New Spectrum Stores Now Open In North Texas

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) announced today the opening of 11 new Spectrum Stores in North Texas. These new stores give consumers a comfortable and convenient option for learning more about Spectrum’s video, internet and voice services — and its latest offering, Spectrum Mobile™.

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July Programming Highlights

Hang onto your remote, because The Duke is riding into July at a flat-out gallop! This is the time of year, when most people like to kick back and relax. At INSP we like to kick it up—with action—Western action, and with John Wayne in the saddle you know it’s going to be a gun-slinging, hard-chasing, big-brawling, showdown of a good time. Get your snacks in order, and join us for The Duke Days of Summer – John Wayne movies every weekend in July.

Air Crash Confidential
Tuesday, July 2 @ 7pm CST
With first hand testimony from survivors and witnesses, in-depth interviews with investigators and high end dramatic reconstruction Air Crash Confidentialexamines the most notorious disasters in aviation history that were seen in movies.

Fortune Fights

Monday, July 8 @ 8pm CST
When a wealthy celebrity has a massive estate there is often an army of people nudging around for their cut of the pie. Media experts and attorneys Danielle and Andy Mayoras explore the fortunes battled over by family members, and lost through divorces, lawsuits, and bad business partners. New episodes include Hulk Hogan and Donald Sterling.

The Price of Fame
Sunday, July 14 @ 8pm CST
The road to stardom is often paved with amazing and devastating public and private events. In new hour-long episodes of The Price of Fame see the heartfelt stories of Heather Locklear, the cast of Diff’rent Strokes and pop superstar George Michael. Whether it’s turbulent family drama, harrowing substance abuse, outlandish spending habits or a combination of those and more, these celebrities all paid a hefty price for their fame

Monday, July 15 @ 7pm CST
Whether it’s the Hollywood Hills heists of the Bling Ring gang, the Balloon Boy hoax that almost fooled a nation, Anthony Weiner’s descent from rising political star to sex offender or the disturbing downfall of brand spokesperson Jared Fogle Notoriousexplores the darker side of fame.

Shark Terror: The Real Jaws
Sunday, July 21 @ 7pm CST
Long before the blockbuster movies Jaws and The Meg there was a terrifying real life serial killing shark swimming along the New Jersey shore. Terrorized beach goers and vacationers along the East Coast called it the “Jersey Man Eater”. In the two hour special Shark Terror: The Real Jaws see the real and terrifying stories of the New Jersey shore shark attacks of 1916. The shocking events would later inspire the mega blockbuster movie franchise Jaws as well as countless other shark attack TV shows and movies that would strike a primal chord in audiences for years and forever change the way we see the ocean and its apex predator.

The Real Story of…
Tuesday, July 23 @ 8pm CST
Audiences were on the edge of their seats watching the remarkable events lived by U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the movie Lone Survivor. Luttrell’s SEAL team was attacked by Taliban fighters during a 2005 mission and he was the lone survivor after being aided by a brave Afghan villager named Mohammad Gulab. In new The Real Story of… specials see even more heroic tales that made it to the big screen including those behind Oscar® nominated United 93 and Captain Phillips among others.

The Shocking Truth
Tuesday, July 23 @ 9pm CST
In new hour long episodes of The Shocking Truth see the riveting and unnerving real stories behind movies including Apocalypse Nowwhich despite being a classic was over budget, off schedule and filming it would nearly claim the life of one of its stars. The jaw dropping inspirations, perplexing stories of unsolved crimes and baffling mysteries behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters take center stage in The Shocking Truth.

Sex.Scandals.Crime. Hosted by Nancy O’Dell
Wednesday, July 24 @ 8pm CST
Nancy O’Dell has been an entertainment journalist for more than 20 years and in that time has covered many stories of alleged sexual misconduct among the Hollywood elite. In Sex.Scandals.Crime.Nancy O’Dell takes an in-depth look at accusations that rocked some of the biggest names in the industry and led to the downfalls of respected and formerly beloved public figures and galvanized a social movement.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of…
Sunday, July 28 @ 8pm CST
Every episode of this documentary seriesexplores the truth behind the controversial and mysterious deaths of celebrities and people whose untimely deaths were often surrounded by elements of shock, scandal and intense media attention. New episodes focus on the lives and last hours of Monkees lead singer Davy Jones, beloved TV host Dick Clark and singer Andy Gibb among others.

It Happened Here
Monday, July 29 @ 8pm CST
Each episode retraces the celebrity’s final footsteps and backtrack through the places that shaped their life and legacy. From the Las Vegas Strip where Tupac Shakur was gunned down to the New York City stand-up clubs where Richard Pryor honed his comedy, It Happened Here paints a more complete picture of what really happened before a celebrity’s life changed forever.

7/12 – 7/27
The #1 destination for holiday movies invites you to cozy up and cool down this summer with Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas Keepsake” event. The celebration features the network’s most popular, fan favorite holiday movies24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over 2 weeks.

7/27 – 8/31
Join Hallmark Channel for a summery world premiere original movie every Saturday night at 9/8c.

JULY WEEK ONE (July 1 – July 7)

Saturday, 7/6/2019
8:00p – 10:00p
While hosting a puppy party, Hailey meets single father Ryan. She helps him discover the value of adopting a dog, and teaches him that there’s more to life, especially when falling in love.
Stars Jen Lilley, Christopher RussellTV-G|
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GOOD WITCH: 5006 “The Road Trip” (2019) — PREMIERE
Sunday, 7/7/2019
7:00p – 8:00p
Cassie, Grace, and Abigail embark on a road trip to Cassie’s alma mater, Wellingsly College. There, Cassie reconnects with an old friend, who’s contemplating her future as a professor.
Stars Catherine Bell, James Denton, Bailee Madison. TV-G
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JULY WEEK TWO (July 8 – July 14)

Saturday, 7/13/2019
9:00p – 10:00p
A first look at Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Miracles of Christmas original movies coming this holiday season.
Stars Lacey Chabert with special guest, Larissa Wohl. TV-G
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JULY WEEK THREE (July 15 – July 21)

Saturday, 7/20/2019
9:00p – 9:30p
A sneak peek at Hallmark Channel’s Summer Nights original movies. Co-hosted by Erin Krakow and Ryan Paevey with special guest, Larissa Wohl and adorable animals available for adoption.
Stars Erin Krakow, Ryan Paevey TV-G
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JULY WEEK FOUR (July 22 – July 28)

Saturday, 7/27/2019
8:00p – 10:00p
When an unknown actress lands the role of a lifetime in Rome. Paired with an American journalist writing a profile, she will discover surprises about love and life in the eternal city.
Stars Italia Ricci and Peter Porte. TV-G
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GOOD WITCH: 5007 “The Grey-cation” (2019) — PREMIERE
Sunday, 7/28/2019
7:00p – 8:00p
Martha and her husband Tom arrive at Grey House for a weekend staycation…or Greycation. There, they engage Cassie and Sam in a couples’ party game – which causes Cassie and Sam to realize that they still have some things to learn.
Stars Catherine Bell, James Denton, Bailee Madison. TV-G
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Every Day, 6/28 – 7/14
Celebrate the most special time of the year with 17 days of heart-warming holiday movies on HMM! Enjoy an array of favorites from award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection classics to inspirational holiday films that will bring you the joy of Christmas every day.

JULY WEEK ONE (July 1 – July 7)

Thursday, 07/04/2019
12pm – 12am
Celebrate 4thof July with HMM’s military themed movie marathon.

Journey Back to Christmas 12pm – 2pm
Operation Christmas 2pm – 4pm
Home for Christmas Day 4pm – 6pm
The Christmas Card

Christmas Homecoming

A Veteran’s Christmas

6pm – 8pm

8pm – 10pm

10pm – 12am

 JULY WEEK TWO (July 8 – July 14)

Thursday, 07/11/2019
8pm – 10pm
To get a promotion, Hayley, an advertising executive who specializes in social media, must land a toy company that is all about traditional Christmas as an account.
Stars Lily Anne Harrison, Bobby Campo, Ben Gavin.
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JULY WEEK THREE (July 15 – July 21)

Saturday, 07/20/2019
8am – 10pm
Spend Saturday with Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive-compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Sunday, 07/21/2019
8am – 8pm

Mystery Weekend


Sing Me a Murder

Vision of a Murder

Game Time

At First Sight

8am – 10am

10am – 12pm

12pm – 2pm

2pm – 4pm

4pm – 6pm

6pm – 8pm

JULY WEEK FOUR (July 22 – July 28)

Saturday, 07/27/2019
8am – 10pm
Spend Saturday with Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive-compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Sunday, 07/28/2019
8am – 8pm

The Wrong Face

Yes, I Remember It Well

The Harder They Fall

Ties That Bind

How to Fire Your Boss

Eye of the Beholder

8am – 10am

10am – 12pm

12pm – 2pm

2pm – 4pm

4pm – 6pm

6pm – 8pm

Consumers benefit from cable legislative wins

The 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature gaveled to a close on May 27. For cable companies and their consumers, the session was a successful one. From protecting the industry against broadband deployment legislation that wasn’t ready for prime time, and disaster response bills that would have added onerous reporting requirement for our member companies, the 86th Legislative session was a successful one for the Texas Cable Association (TCA). Legislation to save consumers money and to protect the privacy of their data were among those passed that the TCA and its member companies advocated.

Right-of-way reform: Erase a telecom tax & save consumers money

SB 1152 (by Sen. Kelly Hancock and Rep. Dade Phelan)

Municipalities currently charge companies for the right to place lines that provide consumers with services like video and telecommunications in the public right of way (ROW). Because of duplicative and outdated laws, if a line handles both voice and video service, the city charges the provider twice for access on the same line. Those charges are reflected on most customer’s bills.

In reality today, both telecom and video providers transmit multiple services over one line – just one access point. Therefore, two separate fees should no longer be assessed on providers or paid by customers.

Senate Bill 1152, strongly advocated by the Texas Cable Association, will allow telecommunication and video providers that currently pay both the telecommunications access fee under Chapter 283 of the Local Government Code and video franchise fee under Chapter 66 of the Public Utility Regulatory Act to elect to pay only the higher of the two fees. The provider is exempted from owing the smaller fee. As a result, millions of Texans will see a line item fee erased from their monthly bill, saving customers millions of dollars annually.

The bill also ensures that cities will not be unduly harmed; they will continue to receive a fee in every municipality where they currently collect for access. The bill also includes language to protect the cities’ current ability to charge up to a 1% franchise fee to provide Public, Education or Governmental (PEG) channels.

This bill has been signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. It becomes effective on Sept. 1 and applies to fee collections beginning Jan.1, 2020. 

Protect consumer privacy

HB 4390 (by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione and Sen. Jane Nelson)

The Texas cable industry worked with the business community on House Bill 4390 to update requirements for the disclosure of data breaches affecting the loss of sensitive personal information. The bill also creates the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council to study data privacy laws in Texas, other states and relevant foreign jurisdictions. The council will be composed of 15 members; five each will be appointed by the Texas House speaker, the lieutenant governor and the governor.

The council is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by Sept. 1, 2020. The council will be abolished Dec. 31, 2020.

The bill has been signed into law by Gov. Abbott and becomes effective Sept. 1.

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