Category Archives: On the Tube

Our suggestions on what to watch each week. Do you agree? Did we miss something? Post a comment and let us know what you want to watch.

Christmas in July on Hallmark

Just like stores have Christmas in July sales, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are getting into the action. They’re showing more than a hundred holiday movies in the middle of summer.

Each channel is showing Christmas movies for a so-called week (although technically it’s more like two weeks). Read on to find out which channel is playing what.

June 29-July 15: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gold Crown Christmas Week

Starting June 29, you’ll find at least three movies every weekday evening, and at least 10 every weekend day. In fact, by my count, there are 57 different movies you can watch!

As an admitted Hallmark movie addict, I have to say I’ve seen the majority of the movies on the schedule. Here are some of the movies from 2017 I recommend watching:

  • Rocky Mountain Christmas with the charming Lindy Booth.
  • Christmas Encore. I liked the set-up and the leads had a nice chemistry.
  • Magical Christmas Ornaments. It’s a total shameless plug for Hallmark ornaments, and I expected to hate it, but I found myself charmed.
  • If you like country music and/or Becca Tobin (of Glee fame), be sure to check out A Song For Christmas even though I found it to be extra predictable (which yes, for a Hallmark movie, is saying something).

I missed Romance at Reindeer Lodge last year, so I plan on setting the DVR so I can watch it now.

July 13-July 26: Hallmark Channel Christmas Keepsake Week

Staring on July 13 and ending July 22nd, Hallmark Channel promises to play your holiday favorites. Here’s the schedule and it includes lots of movies from last year’s Countdown to Christmas.

Of last year’s Countdown movies, some of my favorites are:

I am hoping to watch Christmas Getaway is on which I missed, and also maybe Christmas Connection. Full disclosure: I could not bring myself to watch Switched for Christmas last year, and I don’t see that changing—but it’ll be on if you’re interested.

What’s coming this fall

Hallmark’s kicking off Christmas programming for 2018 on Oct. 26. Look for 22 new Countdown to Christmas  movies on Hallmark Channel and 12 new Miracles of Christmas movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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… Continue Reading

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