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A New Year – Cable Connects to the Future

The start of a new year is traditionally a time to take a hopeful look at what might be achieved in the coming year. The cable industry is no different. One of the biggest trends expected in 2017 will be the growth and evolvement of consumer interaction with devices and services – the so-called “Internet of Things.” And cable will continue to play a significant role.

First, what exactly is the “Internet of Things”? The term refers to physical devices, cars, buildings or other items that are embedded with sensors, electronics or software that allow these items to collect and share data via the internet.

As a result, devices connected to your home internet have expanded beyond your smart phone or tablet. Things that only a few years ago seemed like science fiction – a thermostat that reports your energy usage, a front door unlocked with your smart phone, or a home device that performs numerous tasks in response to your voice commands – are increasingly commonplace.

In fact, initial holiday sales reports found that sales were strong for voice controlled home devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The average U.S. broadband home contains at least eight computing or mobile devices, plus two connected home devices such as smart lighting or a smart thermostat, and half of the U.S. broadband households plan to buy a smart home device in the next year, according to recent reports.

As the number and type of devices grow, consumers will come to rely on them as essential tools in the home or business.

All of these advancements are supported by cable’s broadband network, which currently is available to 93 percent of U.S. homes. More public Wi-Fi hotspots, faster broadband speeds, enhanced encryption and managed cybersecurity risks put cable at the forefront of expanding the Internet of Things.

See what it takes to deliver the Internet of Things.

What devices will the future bring?

By 2020, it’s estimated there will be 50.1 billion connected devices in use – more than a 200 percent jump from today.

Check all of the cool gadgets being introduced at CES in Las Vegas this week (January 5-8, 2017) here.

December Programming Highlights

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Christmas in the Smokies, an INSP Films Production, only on INSP! 

December 24 at 6p CT

Join INSP this holiday season for a heartwarming Christmas story starring Sarah Lancaster, Barry Corbin and Alan Powell.

Clinging to the only life she’s ever known, a headstrong woman (along with her loving parents) finds herself on the verge of losing her family’s berry farm in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, to an impending retail expansion.

Over one eventful holiday season, she tries every avenue possible to save the farm. But, when the local town leaders notify her that they will have to seize the property after the holidays, her last hope to unite the town, is to throw a Christmas concert on the farm, headlined by her former love, a ne’er-do-well country music superstar.

As the day of the concert approaches, they all must learn the value of family, faith and community—before time runs out. Learn more.

Follow INSP on Twitter here  for the latest news and information.

TBS will have 24-hours of A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Astros Playback: Need a little baseball in your life? Tune in to ROOT SPORTS on Sundays in December for replays of your favorite Astros games from the 2016 season. Visit local channel listings.

Rockets: The Rockets play 17 times in the month of December and your TV home of the team is broadcasting 16 of them! Visit the full schedule.



What Will You Be Watching this Holiday Season?

Which holiday movie tops the “best” list? With so many movies to choose from, it’s hard to choose. And with so many “best of” lists to choose from, there are a lot of opinions. Here’s just a few lists you’ll find online:

Home for the Holidays With Cable

When the weather turns cold, nothing beats a mug of hot chocolate and curling up on the couch with a favorite movie. Because of the rise of cable, traditional holiday favorites, as well as made-for-TV offerings, are abundant in the weeks leading up to Christmas – in fact, the programming schedule was packed with holiday viewing fare on the day before Thanksgiving.

Holiday movies and specials are so prolific no DVR could possibly keep up. Several internet sites, including the blog, list the lineup for each day through Christmas. Offerings range from perennial favorites such as “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015) or “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to “made for cable” Christmas romances, to competitions such as “The Great Christmas Light Fight” or “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”

And don’t forget marathons – TCA affiliate member Turner, for example, on channel TBS will show 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” – about a young boy’s obsession with getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas – on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Cable networks say they are producing more holiday movies because they are inexpensive to produce, attract advertisers and generate strong ratings.


Altice USA, the fourth largest U.S. cable company, today announced plans to invest further in the U.S. by building a next-generation fiber-to-the-home network capable of delivering broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps across its footprint. Altice USA will extend fiber deeper into its existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network and leverage cutting-edge and proprietary technologies developed by Altice Labs, the company’s global research and development arm, to create its state-of-the-art system. This full-scale initiative reflects Altice’s investment in technology and innovation across the globe and reinforces its commitment to its Optimum and Suddenlink residential and business customers in the U.S.

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Lee Middle School Celebrates Take a Veteran to School Day

Master Sergeant Melinda Maldonado is expected to join students and faculty members in honoring hometown heroes at a Take a Veteran to School Day program at Lee Middle School, Friday, Nov. 11. The Take a Veteran to School Day project is part of a national initiative by the History Channel and Altice USA, which provides Suddenlink services in San Angelo. A formal program, including a performance by the Goodfellow Air Force Base Drill Unit, will be presented at an assembly in the boy’s gym.

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Charter Communications’ Spectrum Voice customers now have the ability to stop unsolicited telemarketing and robocalls with Nomorobo, a proven third-party call-blocking application.

Nomorobo automatically blocks unwanted phone calls from telemarketers and robocallers using a list of known unwanted phone numbers including those on the “Do Not Call” Registry. The call rings both on the home line and the Nomorobo platform simultaneously. If Nomorobo recognizes the call is from an unwanted number, it will be blocked.

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Garland ISD Students join with Spectrum, HISTORY to Honor Veterans

Spectrum, HISTORY and the students of Club Hill Elementary School will show appreciation for local veterans with a “Take a Veteran to School Day” event featuring appearances from Spectrum employees who have served in the United States military.

Spectrum employees Mark Aziere, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and Nick Rosario, a military police officer who served in the U.S. Army, will be on hand to share their personal experiences with students as they discuss the important purpose of Veterans Day.

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Texas cable operators, with support from the Texas Cable Association (TCA), are honoring the state’s military veterans and connecting them with Texas schoolchildren as part of cable programmer HISTORY’s annual Take a Veteran to School initiative surrounding Veterans Day.

A number of Texas legislators and other elected officials are expected to participate in programs held in their local communities through Nov. 11.

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