Category Archives: TV Programs

Update: Tennis Channel negotiations continue

Update: Tennis Channel negotiations continue

Dear BendBroadband customers,

Our contract to carry the Tennis Channel has expired. Carriage rights for the Tennis Channel is part of a larger negotiation between the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.  The NCTC represents TDS, along with more than 800 other small and mid-size independent video and broadband providers, in a variety of programming agreements.  The Sinclair Broadcasting Group owns The Tennis Channel as well as 223 television stations across the county.

Negotiations continue but in the event that the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and Sinclair Broadcasting Group do not reach a new agreement that extends carriage of the Tennis Channel, TDS may be required to remove it from our channel lineup sometime in December.

Sinclair and the NCTC are also in talks for carriage of additional channels, although those contracts will not expire until end of the year. We’ll keep you up to date on those negotiations as they progress.

Thank you, as always, for being for being a BendBroadband customer.

Sundance to launch in Bend, IFC to move

Showcasing today’s creative icons and the talent of tomorrow, BendBroadband  is pleased to announce that SundanceTV is now available. Formerly known as the Sundance Channel, SundanceTV features the award-winning series Transparent, an American comedy-drama series that features actor Jeffrey Tambor. In addition, SundanceTV airs documentaries, Academy-Award winning films, independent feature films, short films, world cinema, reality series and news about… Continue Reading

Centric is renaming itself to BET Her

Centric is renaming itself to BET Her

The first network designed for Black Women, is being renamed to BET Her. Starting Sept. 25, BET Networks and Viacom will rename Centric cable network to BET Her. For some history, Centric was previously called BET on Jazz, then renamed to BET Jazz, then BET J, before turning into Centric in 2009. Now starting this fall,… Continue Reading

True-crime story to premiere on HBO May 15

Viewers in search of a very strange, true-crime story should definitely check out the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, which premieres on HBO on Monday, May 15. The film details the story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her wheelchair-bound daughter, Gypsy Rose, who were once beloved residents of Springfield, Mo. That tight-knit community was rocked when… Continue Reading

Catch Mariners baseball on Root Sports!

No Major League Baseball team made more offseason moves than the Seattle Mariners this past winter. The Mariners, who went 86-76 last season and finished three games back of the American League’s second and final postseason wild card spot, got younger, faster and more athletic. Will new players like shortstop Jean Segura and outfielders Jarrod Dyson… Continue Reading

LAFF TV dropped from channel lineup

Effective today, the LAFF network will no longer be available to BendBroadband customers on channels 70 (standard definition) and 670 (HD) in the Preferred package. LAFF TV specializes in comedy programming, airing a mix of feature films and sitcoms. You can still watch their web series videos, such as “Big City,” “Cuddling with Carlin” and… Continue Reading