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April Programming Highlights

Angie Tribeca

Season 3 premieres Monday April 10
From the twisted minds of Nancy and Steve Carell, this is the cop show you never knew you were waiting for. Lone-wolf detective Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones) and a squad of committed LAPD detectives investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides.

Soundtracks: Songs that Made History on CNN
Premieres April 21
This eight-part CNN Original Series explores the music tied to iconic moments in history, from the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, to the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina.



WORLD PREMIERE – The Kennedys-After Camelot two-hour premiere on Sunday, April 2 at 8pm CT with “Family Bonds”.
Following the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, Jackie marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Ted Kennedy is pressured to run for president but the family is shaken to its core after Ted’s car accident at Chappaquiddick. Jackie returns from Greece to help the Kennedys only to find herself drawn into their attempt to save Ted’s career. The Kennedys-After Camelot stars Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy and Alexander Siddig as Aristotle Onassis. Kristen Hager stars as Joan Kennedy, Brett Donahue stars as John F. Kennedy Jr. with Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth reprising their roles as Rose and Ethel Kennedy from the Emmy Award®-winning miniseries The Kennedys.

The original The Kennedys miniseries returns on Saturday, April 1 with Episodes 1-4 airing back to back on Saturday, April 1 starting at 12pm CT. Episodes 5-8 will air back to back on Sunday, April 2 starting at 12pm CT.
The Kennedys relives the public and private joys and tragedies of the most influential family in the world including fraternal rivalries, mob associations, the drugs and the women. Boasting an all-star cast led by Emmy®-nominee Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Barry Pepper who won the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy, The Kennedys also features powerful performances from Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and Emmy-nominated Tom Wilkinson OBE as Joseph Kennedy, Sr.

NEW EPISODE- Autopsy: The Last Hours of John Denver on Saturday, April 1 at 7pm CT.
John Denver was a legendary singer songwriter whose talent for writing and performing hit singles made him a global superstar. From “Country Roads” to “Rocky Mountain High” to “Annie’s Song” by the mid-70s he was one of America’s biggest selling artists. He wrote around 200 songs and sold more than 35 million albums. But on the afternoon of the October 12, 1997, experienced pilot John Denver crashed his plane into the Pacific Ocean. This unexplained disaster fueled rumor and speculation and the investigation was fraught with difficulties as only fragments of John Denver’s plane and parts of his body were recovered from the sea. Now renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter is reopening the case into John Denver’s mysterious death.

NEW EPISODE- Collision Couse: John Denver on Saturday, April 1 at 8pm CT.
On a sunny October day in 1997 music legend John Denver hopped into a small and sleek aircraft to go for a pleasure flight off the California coast. After his aircraft suddenly and mysteriously crashes into the Pacific Ocean some suspected the singer may have committed suicide or given his history of DUI’s he may have been intoxicated. The last man to see Denver alive gives his first-ever TV interview and recalls Denver in the minutes before he died – a personal and detailed account that has never been told. It’s revealed that Denver was neither drunk nor suicidal – the shocking cause of the accident comes down to a tiny mechanical detail that took the life of one of the world’s first celebrity activists.

Earth Day is April 22: Cable’s Energy Efficiency Pledge

The cable industry is committed to being a green, environmentally friendly industry not just on Earth Day (April 22), but year-round. From paperless billing to programmable thermostats to energy efficient set-top boxes, the cable industry is recognized as an environmentally friendly one, especially in the area of energy efficiency.

It’s been almost five years since NCTA (now NCTA – The Internet & Television Association), the Consumer Technology Association, the pay-TV industry, energy efficiency advocates and device manufacturers signed a voluntary agreement to drastically improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes.

In those years, technology and electronics have changed drastically. Cable companies are now offering whole-house services, such as security devices and programmable thermostats, and multi-room DVRs and streaming devices and services have broadened entertainment options. But along with the technology innovations have come energy savings – even in old-standby devices. For example, new DVRs use 33 percent less energy compared to models from just two years ago.

The 2012 energy efficiency agreement was honored in 2016 by Environmental Leader, a daily trade publication that covers energy and environmental news, as its Project of the Year. In announcing the award, judges lauded the initiative for significantly reducing the industry’s impact on the environment by avoiding millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, all while saving consumers more than $1 billion in electricity costs.

Innovation – whether in energy usage or new services and gadgets – is the hallmark of the U.S. cable industry.

Cable Connects You to the Capitol

Interested in a Texas legislative committee hearing, or floor debate on a specific bill? You don’t have to travel to Austin to watch the process at work.

Thanks to the Internet, anyone can watch livestreamed committee hearings, press conferences and floor debate in the Texas House or the Texas Senate from the comfort of their home or on-the-go. Some Spectrum customers in the Austin area can tune in to Texas House and Senate proceedings via cable television, while subscribers in the Austin and San Antonio markets can tune into Capital Tonight, a 30-minute daily political show that focuses on issues that impact Texans’ lives.

Online communication also helps Texans stay connected with their elected officials, from email to social media. Many state legislators have Twitter accounts.

A recent Washington Post article recognized the role that the Internet is playing in civic involvement, noting that more than 135,000 people tuned in to audio-only proceedings on YouTube to listen to a federal appeals court deliberate over President Trump’s immigrant entry ban. Others were watching the proceedings livestream on Facebook and other sources.

And how about the 1,600-mile, 30-plus hour “bipartisan road trip” that two Texas congressman took in March, driving from San Antonio to Washington, D.C. Almost the entire trip was livestreamed on Facebook Live and Periscope, and U.S. Reps Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd took viewer questions and debated policy during what they billed “a live cross-country, bipartisan congressional town hall.” The two-day online drive drew tens of thousands of viewers and hundreds of comments.

“That showed the power of social media, of livestreaming an event,” said one political scientist. “It gave people a view of Congress we’ve never really seen before.”

As the Washington Post article stated, “in today’s digitally connected world, the best technologies make accessible what was previously inaccessible.”

March Programming Highlights

March is here and to a college hoops fan, that only means one thing…It’s tournament time! March 14th –  April 3rd watch live coverage on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV! Get schedule information and extra online coverage at! The best coverage in college basketball brings the action home, and it’s all yours.

Other Turner Programming Highlights in March include:
  • History of Comedy on CNN. Thursdays at 9pm CT – This new CNN Original Series explores what makes us laugh, why, and how that’s influenced our social and political landscape throughout history.

Astros fans can catch the Houston Astros spring training game action only on Root Sports. Broadcasts start March 1st with the 12:00pm game between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins, followed by eight additional games throughout March. You can also watch re airs every night in prime time! Don’t miss Astros Pre and Postgame Live 30 minutes before and after every game with inside analysis and behind the scenes footage you won’t get anywhere else. Root Sports is the TV home for the Astros and Rockets.Click here for channel locations.

The big news for Hallmark Channel in March is the return of the hit series, When Calls the Heart, which airs on Sunday nights 8p CST.

Hallmark Channel will also premiere the original movie,  Campfire Kiss on March 18th at  8pm CST. See details below.
Saturday, 3/18
8pm – 10pm CT
Feeling disconnected with her teenage son, teacher and protective parent Dana decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping.  As soon as she arrives, Dana starts butting heads with her cabin neighbor, Steve, a single father and outdoorsman who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter. As the ice melts between Dana and Steve, they’re able to find that missing piece in one another that helps them draw closer to their respective children.  
Stars Danica McKellar and Paul Greene. TV-G. For more information:


Online Safety in Internet of Things Age

Today protecting yourself online means dealing with a lot of different threats all at once. A growing number of households have microphones in their room, thanks to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, in addition to many other smart devices that help run a home more efficiently. And while away from home, almost all of us have probably jumped online using public Wi-Fi to use an app, do an internet search or send an email.

All of the above pose threats to your cybersecurity; while setting up and learning the necessary protections require time and attention, not doing so can have devastating consequences if your security is breached or identity is stolen.

A recent Pew Research Center survey on cybersecurity found that 49 percent of Americans polled felt their personal information was less secure than it was five years ago, and a majority (64 percent) said they have been exposed to some kind of data breach.

In today’s smart homes, a growing number of items are connected to the internet with the intention of making our lives easier, as TCA’s February newsletter article on the recent Consumer Electronics Show explored. But smart home devices are pretty dumb when it comes to safeguards, requiring effort on the part of the consumer to keep them from providing another entry point for hackers.

From changing factory-set default passwords to activating your home router’s firewall to disabling camera features, here’s a few steps you can take to minimize your exposure around the house.

What about public Wi-Fi? Many cable operators – including TCA Members Charter (Spectrum) and Comcast (Xfinity) – offer their subscribers access to more than 500,000 nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots through the network name CableWiFi.

If you have to use public Wi-Fi, such as offered by a coffee shop, retailer or even public transportation, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your data. For example, look for sites with an encrypted connection or a network that requires a password. Also, connect to the right network – ask the establishment where you are for the name of the network; hackers can set up spoof hotspots. You can find additional tips here.

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