Category Archives: On the Tube

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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

NBA schedules, Thanksgiving Day football, Christmas movies, and more

NBA schedules, Thanksgiving Day football, Christmas movies, and more

Another calendar page has turned in the book of 2016, and with it comes good entertainment on television. Here’s a look at what’s coming up on the boob tube in November. And, as always, check out your BendBroadband channel listing by clicking here. COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS Yes, Halloween is barely past and we’re looking ahead… Continue Reading

We are taking a stand against AMC in contract negotiations

We are taking a stand against AMC in contract negotiations

We told you previously about our negotiations with AMC Networks. We’ve now learned we could be forced to drop a collection of channels by AMC Networks on January 1, 2016 after AMC proposed unreasonable terms and rate increases in the contract set to take effect in 2016. We don’t want to put the cost burden… Continue Reading

Universal Sports Network is going away Nov. 16

Effective Nov. 16, Universal Sports Network will no longer be available to BendBroadband customers on channels 45 and 645 (HD). Universal Sports was recently purchased by NBC Universal. Unfortunately, the channel will cease to exist as of Nov. 16 and will be removed from our lineup. This decision, made by NBC Universal, is completely out of… Continue Reading

Free HBO and Cinemax preview this weekend

Awesome news: Today begins a FREE four-day preview of HBO and Cinemax. With the weather turning cooler, now’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch and catch blockbuster and award-winning films, a great comedy special, or even start a new critically-acclaimed series. The tricky part will be watching it all — HBO has nine… Continue Reading

Customer notification: truTV HD moving to West Coast feed

Effective at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 30), the truTV channel is moving to its West Coast feed within BendBroadband’s coverage area. This change is required by the network’s parent company and only affects the HD version of the channel, which airs on 742. The SD version on 142 will not be affected. For Central… Continue Reading

Free preview of NFL RedZone this weekend

Free preview of NFL RedZone this weekend

If you’re a big fan of pro football, you’re no doubt tantalized by the NFL RedZone channel (557 HD), which broadcasts commercial-free, “whip around” simulcast coverage of all NFL games airing on CBS and Fox each Sunday afternoon. The channel prides itself on providing a peek at all the top action every Sunday. It’s like having a… Continue Reading