Monthly Archives: February 2020

NCAA tourney kicks off March 15 with Selection Sunday

The March Madness journey kicks off each year with Selection Sunday. This year the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament gets into gear on TBS on March 15 at 6 p.m. (EST). Throughout the 68-team, single-elimination tournament, there’s the excitement of those unexpected winners, and the agony of going home earlier than planned.

The NCAA tournament starts with 68 hopeful teams that are trimmed down to the Sweet 16, the Elite 8 and the Final 4. The Final 4 play two games over three days to conclude March Madness. The winner will be declared April 6 in Atlanta.

How teams are selected for the NCAA Tournament
There’s a new system the selection committee will use to select teams for the tournament this season. To replace the RPI, the NCAA developed a new ranking system to evaluate teams during the Division I men’s basketball season.

The new evaluation tool is known as the NET. It relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

The NET was built to create a ranking system to more fairly evaluate team performance. Certain types of data were omitted from the model including game date and order were omitted to give equal importance to both early and late-season games. In addition, a cap of 10 points was applied to the winning margin to prevent rankings from encouraging unsportsmanlike play, such as needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain.

The first game will air exclusively on truTV on Tuesday, March 17. Sharing first and second round coverage will be CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds will air on TBS and CBS. Watch for the Final Four (Saturday, April 4) and the Championship game (Monday, April 6) to be televised exclusively on TBS in primetime.

TDS Cable subscribers will have the ability to stream games live via TV Everywhere! Users can be directed to this site from our TVE portal at  www.hellotds.com/livetv.  Games broadcast on TBS, TNT and TruTV are available to customers subscribed to the corresponding network in their programming tier to access the TV Everywhere channel. This content can be viewed via desktop, iOS, Android, and Windows 8 phone and tablet apps.

There is one website where users can access all games on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV at http://www.ncaa.com/march-madness-live.  Select TV Provider in the upper, right hand corner and then select View All TV Providers. Scroll down and select TDS. Then input your username and password.

Spring sun outages could impact your video signal

Twice a year, all television customers (not just BendBroadband customers) may experience some degree of television interference due to sun outages. This spring, the solar satellite interference is expected from about Feb. 25 until March 15. Sun outages happen due to solar interference. For a few weeks every spring and fall, the sun is directly… Continue Reading

Abbreviate 2020? Experts Say ‘No’

News outlets have been warning against using the abbreviated version of the year 2020 when signing financial and legal papers, due to the potential for fraudsters to change the year. The result could be an altered (but legally-binding) document containing your signature. For example, someone who fails to initially cash a check dated 1/1/20 could… Continue Reading

4 incredibly romantic TDS communities

Valentine’s Day is almost here! While the holiday has long been associated with flowers, fancy dinners, and chocolates, what it’s really about is taking time to enjoy the company of your sweetheart. Luckily, several market areas TDS serves make for ideal destinations to do just that. From fun-filled celebrations to beautiful hikes, here are some… Continue Reading

2020 Oscar predictions

There are lots of well-known names—talented actors, actresses, directors and producers who you’ve heard of before. You won’t see many new names; no women directors were recognized; and there’s a general lack of diversity in some of the highest award nominations. The Academy says they are doing things to improve, and to be fair, they’ve… Continue Reading

Black History Month 2020

Since 1976, Black History Month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora. This year’s theme is: “African Americans and the Vote.” The theme honors the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment (1920) granting woman’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.… Continue Reading