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. More.

What will you be watching?
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Elf,” “Christmas Vacation” – so many holiday movie classics. And with cable, you don’t have to miss any of them – which is your favorite? More.



Holiday shopping kicked off at Thanksgiving to record online sales, even as in-store sales dipped, according to initial reports. The National Retail Federation found that 43.8 percent of consumers shopped online from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, up 4.2 percent from 2015. On Black Friday, online sales topped $3 billion for the first time, jumping 21.6 percent over last year to $3.34 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. At the same time, mobile shopping saw its biggest day ever, increasing 33 percent over 2015 to $1.2 billion.



  • A Salute to Veterans: From Amarillo to Seadrift, and points in between, cable companies in Texas for the 10th year partnered with local schools to honor the state’s military veterans and connect them with Texas schoolchildren as part of cable programmer HISTORY’s annual Take a Veteran to School initiative surrounding Veterans Day. In Texas, Altice USA (which offers Suddenlink services), Cable One and Charter Communications hosted Take a Veteran to School events at 13 schools in 12 cities. Learn more about the Texas events here and see photos from many of the events on TCA’s Facebook page.
  • Charter Communications/Spectrum Voice Customers: Charter Communications’ Spectrum Voice customers now have the ability to stop unsolicited telemarketing and robocalls with Nomorobo, a proven third-party call-blocking application. Charter partnered with Nomorobo to bring the call-blocking technology to customers in its efforts to reduce the growing concern over robocalls. The company is part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Robocall Strike Force, an industry-led group focused on accelerating the development and adoption of new tools and solutions to prevent robocalls. Learn more.
  • Charter Communications/Spectrum Community Program: Charter Communications is continuing to assist Texas homeowners in need through the company’s Charter our Community program to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020. Employees made repairs to the home of a Fort Worth resident on Nov. 19. Another rebuilding project is planned in San Antonio on Dec. 3. Learn more.

Programming Highlights

Cable providers and programmers have a wide variety of programming on tap this month, including great lineups from TCA Associate Members INSP, Turner Networks and Root Sports. Learn more.