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2017 Winter Show Premieres

As the temperatures and snow continue to fall this winter, cable television is gearing up some big winter show premieres to enjoy from the warmth of your couch. Great Plains Communications has picked a few of our favorites full of action, depth and intriguing story lines. We have included the trailers below for your viewing pleasure.


24: Legacy – FOX Premiering Sunday, Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl; moving to Mondays at 8/7c on Feb. 6


APB – FOX Premiering Monday, Feb. 6 at 9/8c


Emerald City – NBC Premiered January 6 at 9/8c


Big Little Lies – HBO Premiering Sunday, Feb. 19 at 9/8c


If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and representative will be happy to assist you.

New Year’s Eve Recipes with Food Network

The year 2016 is coming to an end. As January 1, 2017 approaches, we reflect on where the past year has taken us and where we want to go in the year to come. Great Plains Communications has picked some of our favorite recipes from our cable channel, Food Network to help bring in the New Year.


Tortellini Skewers – Ree Drummond

This make-ahead dish is simple yet delicious. The tomato and mozzarella cheese pair nicely with the spinach tortellini and the pesto sauce pulls everything together for a light bite.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops – Giada De Laurentiis

This dish combines the fruitiness of sun dried tomatoes with the saltiness of prosciutto to accompany the delicate flavor of sea scallops. As Giada says in the video clip below, they are elegant enough for a dinner party and easy enough for just yourself.

How to Open a Champagne Bottle – Ted Allen

Always nervous to open the bottle of Champagne? With these tips from Ted Allen, you will be sure to have it chilled to the correct temperature to lower the pressure and keep control of the cork.


Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year!

Holiday Storage and Clean-Up Ideas with the DIY Network

The holidays bring decorations, visiting family and friends and tons of delicious foods. While it is truly a magical time to spend with loved ones, Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite cleaning tips and holiday décor storage tips from our cable channel, DIY Network to keep in mind and help take the stress out of holiday prep and cleanup.

With an array of dishes being prepared that can leave stains on your wood cutting board and an odd smell in the fridge, all you need to fix both of these issues naturally is a couple lemons. Watch below to find out how:

When the last minute wrapping is finished, and all the guests have left, it can be a pain to find storage for all the holiday decorations. Make it easy for next year, and use a coat hanger to keep your lights from tangling. Watch this video to learn how:

Need a last minute appetizer idea? What about five appetizers from one block of cheddar? Watch the video below to find out how:

Tech the Halls Social Giveaway

As part of our Tech the Halls promotion, Great Plains Communications is excited to give away an extra gift this holiday season. For a chance to qualify to win a 32 GB Apple iPad Mini 2 with Wi-Fi, all you have to do is like our Facebook page, like the giveaway post, and comment what your favorite Christmas movie is. Whether it is a classic like White Christmas, something animated such as The Polar Express, or even a TV movie such as Runaway Sleigh on the Hallmark Channel, we want to hear from you.


If you are looking for even more good deals this holiday, find the gift that’s right for you:

  • Sign up now for any new Internet, cable, or phone service and receive FREE installation.
  • Sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps and receive a FREE month of Internet service.
  • Existing customers who upgrade to our higher speeds will receive their first month of Internet upgrade charge FREE.

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, today to sign up for these amazing offers and Tech the Halls with Great Plains Communications.


Speeds and availability vary by location. Certain restrictions and limitations apply. Free installation for any new service. Free month of Internet service available to new customers only who sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps. Existing customers must upgrade to 15, 30, or 50 mbps to receive a free month upgrade charge. Offer ends January 6, 2017. Offer codes CPC1609, CPC1610, CPC1611, CPC1612.

2016 Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas

Through all the craziness and excitement of the holidays, it isn’t so much what you get for Christmas, as it is who you spend it with and cherishing the time you have together. That is why the Hallmark Channel encourages family time with each of their Countdown to Christmas movies. Grab a blanket and your loved ones and enjoy the classic romance stories beginning under the mistletoe and new premieres each weekend. Below we have listed the upcoming premieres for both the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries so you won’t miss a moment this holiday season.

Hallmark Channel – All 7 PM CT

  • Dec. 3 – A Dream of Christmas
  • Dec. 4 – Looks Like Christmas
  • Dec. 10 – A Nutcracker Christmas
  • Dec. 11 – Love You Like Christmas
  • Dec. 17 – My Christmas Love
  • Dec. 18 – Sleigh Bells Ring

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – All 8 PM CT

  • Dec. 4 – Hearts of Christmas
  • Dec. 11 – Sound of Christmas
  • Dec. 18 – A Christmas to Remember
  • Dec. 25 – I’ll Be Home for Christmas

If you are not a current Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about our cable packages, please call the Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Thanksgiving Recipes 2016

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and your friends and family have asked you to bring a dish. They will have the turkey and pie prepared, but ask you to bring a side dish. Great Plains Communications wants to share a few of our favorite side dish and accompaniments from our cable channel, Food Network.

Cravenous Cranberry Sauce – Tyler Florence

With every great turkey comes a tart and sweet cranberry sauce to pair with the savory flavors of the meat. Don’t bother with the gelatinous canned stuff, and switch it out for fresh cranberries and the citrus surprise of orange.

Sausage Chestnut Stuffing – Giada De Laurentiis

Impress your family and friends with this elevated stuffing recipe. While still getting the cornbread flavor of the boxed stuffing we are all used to, by adding sweet apples, savory sausage and texture through the chunks of chestnut, this dish will leave everyone’s taste buds wanting more.

Sunny’s Creamed Spinach Recipe – Sunny Anderson

Looking for something a little different from the traditional green bean casserole but still love the creamy texture? Try this creamed spinach recipe, which incorporates salty parmesan and convenient frozen spinach with the classic crunchy topping of fried onions.


Happy Thanksgiving from Great Plains Communications!

Starz Free Preview

Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Outlander, Spartacus, Ash vs Evil Dead, and other top rated movies and shows are what you can expect from Starz. Great Plains Communications is excited to offer a free preview over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for your family to enjoy! Starting November 23 and running through Sunday November 27, your family will be able to experience exciting new series such as Blunt Talking or a movie classic such as A League of Their Own.

Then if you enjoy having all those movies and original series at your fingertips, we have a deal for you! Sign up for Starz-Encore between November 21 and December 31 and you will be eligible to receive $25 cash back from Starz. All you have to do is send in three months of bills showing you’ve paid for the service and Starz will send the rebate directly to you.

What you get with Starz-Encore service:


Encore Western

Encore Action

Encore Love

Encore Suspense

Encore Drama

Encore Family


Starz Edge

Starz Cinema

Starz Comedy

Starz Family

Time to Set The Clocks Back – Daylight Saving Time

It is a common misconception that daylight saving time was created in the aid of farmers, to allow an extra hour of sunlight to work their fields. As we turn our clocks back this Sunday, November 6, 2016, Great Plains Communications has teamed up with our cable channel, History Channel to bring you the real reason we “fall back” and “spring forward”.

The real reason we adjust our clocks twice a year is based on energy conservation and a attempt to match daylight hours to times when the majority of people are awake, dating back to 1895. According to the History Channel, “the first real experiments with daylight saving time began during World War I,” on April 30, 1916. In an effort to conserve electricity needed for war effort, Germany and Austria enforced a one-hour clock shift. The United States later adopted daylight saving in 1918.

Halloween 2016

With Halloween on a Monday this year, this weekend will be full of festive activities such as parties, trunk-or-treats, and costume contests. No matter your age, it is always smart to be cautious around Halloween, as pedestrian traffic increases significantly and there are many distractions. Safe Kids Worldwide provided an infographic breaking down some statistics about the season.

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Now that we are all prepared, Great Plains Communications has chosen some of our favorite Halloween recipes provided by our cable channel, Food Network. Make Deviled Ham Eyeballs Sandwiches with Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, for a more savory take on the holiday. For a good mix of sweet and savory, look to Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a classic Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples with Giada De Laurentiis. Find all the recipes below.

Happy Halloween from Great Plains Communications!

This Day in History – October 11

October 11, 1968 marks the date of the first successful mission of the United States’ Apollo program to carry a crew into space. Not only was the launch a technical success from the Florida Cape Kennedy Air Force Station, but the crew was able to transmit the first live television broadcast from space. Great Plains Communications would like to highlight our cable channel, History Channel, and their “This Day in History” for additional events that happened on October 11.

If you are not a current Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to find out more information about what is offered in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.


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