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November Programming Highlights

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Good Behavior
Premieres Nov. 15

Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) is a thief and con artist who is always one bad decision from implosion. Fresh out of prison, she’s attempting to stay afloat. But when she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, sending her on a wild collision course with the killer.

Search Party
Premieres Nov. 21

Search Party is a dark comedy about five self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

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November is a big month for both INSP and Texas as the programmers is showcasing our great state on a new show State Plate on 11/25!  INSP is also featuring a Texas artisan on season 2 of their original series Handcrafted America on 11/4.  (note Handcrafted America is back with all-new episodes every Friday at 8:30 p CT!)

State Plate on INSP – Featuring the state of Texas on Nov. 25 at 8p CT!

The man who has his own barbecue joint is in for some BBQ—Texas style! Taylor Hicks is not only in show biz, but he’s in the restaurant business, as well, and he knows his barbecue! In the Lone Star State he saddles up, lopes off on a cattle drive and chows down on some tender, spicy barbecue brisket, and makes cowboy-style pan de campo over a campfire. The Texas state food is chili, so the pressure is on when Taylor judges a chili cook-off between two legends of the chili world. Then he makes a sweet onion casserole at the largest onion farm in America. Can’t go without dessert! Taylor learns a family’s cherished recipe as he helps bake a big ole Texas sheet cake. It’s a heaping plateful of savory cuisine, as big as Texas itself, filled with the stories and legends behind the state’s tastiest foods. Learn more
 
Handcrafted America on INSP – Featuring Texas artisan, Alan Carr, on Nov. 4 at 8:30p CT!
 
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Hire a Veteran

Texas cable operators are pleased, for the fifth year, to help the Texas Workforce Commission publicize its annual Hiring Red, White and You! job fairs in 30 cities across Texas through the airing of promotional PSAs.

Featured in the PSAs are U.S. Army veteran and University of Texas at Austin football alumni Nate Boyer and country music artist Aaron Watson. The PSAs can be viewed below.

The job fairs connect Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other exceptional qualities inherent with a military background.

In the first four years, Hiring Red, White and You! has connected more than 42,000 veterans with over 6,400 employers. An estimated 927,000 veterans in Texas are eligible for work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, TCA and cable operators support a national cable initiative to hire and retain military veterans within the cable industry.

A year ago, Mission Media debuted to support the career and personal development of military veterans across the internet and television arena. Mission Media, a cable industry initiative led by the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), grew from the collective desire of numerous cable and entertainment companies to take a systematic, industry-level approach to the hiring and retention of military veterans

In the past year, Mission Media has gathered data on veteran hiring in the cable industry, which will help with the development of resources for moving forward with hiring and training veterans. It also joined with The Walt Disney Company to put on the Veterans Institute: Heroes Work Here Workshop to teach strategies to target, recruit, engage, develop and retain veterans.

Future plans include development of a virtual job fair website portal to help connect veterans with industry companies looking to hire, as well as possibly fellows, mentorship and other educational and recognition programs and opportunities.


“Take a Veteran to School”

In recognition of Veterans Day, Texas cable operators are honoring the state’s military veterans and helping them share their stories with Texas schoolchildren as part of cable programmer HISTORY’s annual Take a Veteran to School initiative.

This is the 10th year for Take a Veteran to School, HISTORY’s popular public affairs outreach program that connects veterans with students in schools and communities nationwide. The Texas Cable Association and its member companies have participated each year.

A number of Texas legislators and other elected officials are expected to participate in the programs held on or around Veterans Day. Although each school designs and holds its own specific program connected with Take a Veteran to School, all events honor and feature local veterans who share their stories with the students and, in return, receive a heartfelt “thank you” for their service.

In Texas, Altice USA (now offering Suddenlink services), Cable One and Charter Communications will host Take a Veteran to School programs throughout the state at schools in cities that include Amarillo, Bryan, Cedar Park, Garland, Georgetown, Lubbock, Nacogdoches, Odessa, San Angelo, Seadrift and Tyler.

Follow the Texas Cable Association on Facebook and Twitter for photos and other coverage from the individual events.

SPECTRUM TO BRING 200 NEW U.S. JOBS TO SAN ANTONIO CUSTOMER OPERATIONS CALL CENTER

Spectrum will bring at least 200 new jobs to San Antonio with the grand opening of its new Customer Operations Call Center in the city’s Westover Hills area.

Spectrum now occupies more than 50,000 square feet on the second floor of the One51 Office Center campus at 10301 Highway 151. The additional space will enable the company to ramp up hiring, adding bilingual sales staff to address growing demand for Spectrum products and services.

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October Associate Member Programming

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INSP has a HUGE month in October!!

Heritage Falls Exclusive Worldwide Television Premiere on INSP – October 16th 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT

Charlie Fitzpatrick (David Keith – An Officer and a Gentleman) is the “winningest” high school basketball coach in Georgia history. While many of his players think of him as a father, he does not have a good relationship with his own bookworm son – Evan (Coby Ryan McLaughlin – Parenthood).  So Charlie decides that the best way to connect and bond is to take his son and grandson (Keean Johnson – Nashville) to a rustic mountain cabin for an unforgettable weekend retreat.

“Destination Fridays” – Three great shows. Two originals. One night.  Only on INSP!

INSP is kicking off its fall lineup with “Destination Fridays,” a new reality based programming block that features two original series: State Plate and Handcrafted America; and a new exclusive series: Cash Cowboys.  “Destination Fridays” will be the place to go for interesting stories about people, places and their passions.  The block will premiere on Friday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT.


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ROOT SPORTS’ inaugural Astros Foundation Charity Game Broadcast last month raised over $70,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston and USO Houston.  For a peak at what the event was all about, please visit http://mlb.mlb.com/hou/foundation/charity_night.jsp.

October programming of note includes:

  • The Astros wrap up the regular season on the road with a game against the Angels on October 1stat 8 PM and the 2nd at 2 PM CT.
  • The Rockets start the preseason on October 2ndwith a game against Yao Ming’s Shanghai Sharks at 7 PM CT on ROOT SPORTS. All other pre-season games will be shown on the network as well. For a full schedule visit http://southwest.rootsports.com/houston-rockets/
  • ROOT SPORTS’ regular season coverage of the Rockets begins on October 28thwith an away game against the Mavs at 7:30 PM. For a full schedule visit http://southwest.rootsports.com/houston-rockets/
  • Three of the four Dynamo games in October will be broadcast on the ROOT SPORTS primary channel For game times, visit http://southwest.rootsports.com/houston-dynamo/

 

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Mighty Magiswords on Cartoon Network – premieres 9/29. Thursdays at 5:30pm CT

Mighty Magiswords is about a brother-sister warrior team who rely on their collection of magical swords – cheeseburger sword, dolphin sword, mummy sword – to complete tasks during their adventures. Fans will be able to interact with Magiswords on the accompanying app that allows them to collect and trade various swords.

People of Earth on TBS – premieres 10/31 at 8pm CT

People of Earth is a new original comedy about a support group for alien abductees. The show centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realizes there is truth in their stories and possibly even signs that point to his own alien abduction.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

You’ve probably heard and read a lot about steps you, as a consumer, can take to stay safe while online. During National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), here’s a look at cable’s commitment to protect its subscribers by identifying and addressing threats to its broadband network.

 

As consumers enjoy the benefit of being increasingly connected, they also must be aware of new risks from virtual threats. The cable industry encourages its subscribers to protect their devices and information when connected to the Internet. Cable also works with other industries, the federal government, researchers and others to make the Internet more secure.

The cable industry is active on the Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (chaired by a representative of Comcast). Among other duties, the Council provides recommendations to the FCC in order to ensure the optimal security and reliability of communications systems, including the telecommunications, media and public safety industries.

The cable industry also has formed a number of working groups that focus on securing the Internet from cyber threats such as email spam, malware and network attacks.

In 2014, Comcast joined with the University of Connecticut to create the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation. The center unites researchers from UConn’s Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering and Comcast’s leadership in Internet systems security “to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access and faulty or counterfeit products.”

Even as the industry works to protect the infrastructure in place from known threats, it is aware that the cyber threat landscape is constantly evolving.

Where can you learn more on steps you can take as an individual?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect. campaign is a national public awareness effort that increases the understanding of cyber threats and empowers the American public to be safer and more secure online.

Stay Safe Online, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, which includes Comcast, also offers resources to promote cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness.

Cable Diversity

As the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct. 15, it’s a good time to recognize the strides the cable industry is making in the area of diversity, from programming to the boardroom.

The cable industry just wrapped up its annual Diversity Week, a time when the industry comes together formally re-establish its commitment to diversity at all levels. Throughout the week, panels, roundtables, networking events and award ceremonies spark discussion on how to increase diversity from the small screen to company boardrooms.

The week was capped by a fundraising dinner for the Walter Kaitz Foundation, an organization formed by the cable industry to advance the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals in cable. Through the funds it raises, the organizations it supports, and the programs it produces, the Walter Kaitz Foundation serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity in cable in three areas – its workforce, its supplier base and its programming.

In the cable workforce, Charter recently made news in the hiring of its first chief diversity officer, Rhonda Crichlow, a senior executive vice president who is a member of the company’s leadership team.

“The creation of the chief diversity officer role reflects Charter’s unwavering commitment to the fundamental values of diversity and inclusion,” said Tom Rutledge, chairman and chief executive officer of Charter. “Rhonda and her team will work together, with the company’s full support, to ensure that diversity and inclusion strategies are integrated into all aspects of the organization.”

The commitment to diversity by Texas Cable Association members – Altice USA, Charter and Comast – can be seen in a recent issue of Cablefax Magazine that recognized employees from these companies as the most influential minorities in the cable industry.

The 2015 NAMIC and WICT Cable Telecommunications Industry Workforce Diversity Survey released last year found that 39 percent of full-time cable employees are people of color, which is higher than the national benchmark of 32-36 percent. It also found that 32 percent of cable executives are women, compared to the national benchmark of 20-29 percent of women who hold these positions.

When it comes to programming, a record 21 of the most recent Emmy Award nominations went to actors, directors and writers of color. Among those nominees, several went on to win major awards, including leading actor in a drama series; lead actor, supporting actress and supporting actor in a limited series; and comedy writing.

Yet, the annual 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report finds both women and people of color are underrepresented both behind and in front of the camera, compared to their portion of the U.S. population.

For cable, Diversity Week was a time to both celebrate accomplishments and reaffirm its commitment to move forward.

It’s a New Day: Time Warner Cable is Now Spectrum

Charter Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced the launch of Spectrum in Texas. Spectrum is America’s fastest growing TV, Internet and voice provider. Spectrum delivers superior products with the most HD, tens of thousands of On Demand options, Internet speeds starting at 100 Mbps where available and a reliable, fully featured voice product, all offered at highly competitive prices and combined with outstanding service. Spectrum features straightforward, nationally uniform pricing with no contracts, no early termination fees, and is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.

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