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Setting Up Parental Controls

Summer vacation is just around the corner. It may not feel like it with the weather we’ve had this week, but most schools have just about a month left. This means the kids will be looking to fill their time. Keep your family protected with parental controls. While Great Plains Communications knows that no system can take the place of monitoring what media your kids consume, parental controls can make it a lot easier. This is an easy way to make sure that kids aren’t exposed to mature programming, or even the titles. When a program or channel is blocked, the user must enter a 4-digit pin to access the channel. That way, you can still enjoy all programming, but in a secure way.

These controls are set up right through your remote and are very easy to configure. Blocks can be set by channel, rating, or even specific show titles. The control is in your hands.

Here are the steps to setting up parental controls:

  • Press the Menu key on your remote
  • Select the Home Icon
  • Select Setup
  • Then select Locks Setup
    • Once you are in the Locks Setup screen, you will be asked to choose a 4-digit pin.
    • Once your pin has been selected, you will be given the following options:
      • TV Rating – Blocking by TV Rating. *Note that you must block every rating you wish to control. This means if you block an R rating, you will also need to block “adult” programming.
      • Movie Rating – This only affects movie channels such as STARZ, Cinemax, and HBO.
      • Channel Locks – This will allow you to block specific channels.
      • Master Lock – Allows you to remove locks, bypass a lock, or change your pin.
      • Adult Titles – This removes titles from adult video programs. The guide will only display the words “adult movie.”

Just a few steps ensure your family’s safe viewing habits. We do want to point out that your pin is exclusive to you and we do not keep a record of your entry. If you do forget your pin, we can reset your settings, but you would have to reprogram your preferences. We suggest keeping your number in a safe spot so that you don’t forget it.

 

If you have any additional questions about the parental controls, you can call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Introducing the New GPC Weather Channel!

Great Plains Communications is excited to announce the upgrade of our local channels across the state, to GPC Weather.  This upgrade brings brand continuity and state-of-the-art automated weather forecasting to all of our previous channel 2, GPC-TV, and Weather on 2 communities.

 

With the new format of the channel, GPC Weather condenses numerous legacy channels into four distinct channels that are broken into the following regions:

    • NorthWest
      • Chadron – Gordon – Rushville – Hay Springs
    • SouthWest
      • Grant – Venango – Palisade – Hayes Center – Imperial
      • Sutherland
      • McCook
    • Central
      • Broken Bow – Stapleton – Callaway – Oconto – Arnold
    • NorthEast
      • Bloomfield – Center – Creighton – Crofton – Niobrara – Plainview – Ponca – Verdigre – Wausa – Winnetoon – Wynot
      • Elgin – Neligh – Oakdale – Petersburg – Ewing
      • North Bend – Dodge – Scribner – Snyder

 

This week, we will also be promoting GPC Weather across our social media outlets with #GPCWeatherWeek. The week’s daily post will include topics such as new channel features, severe weather safety, and a weather radio GIVEAWAY.

 

To view an early access demo, click here to go to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/kLHV4urWNH4.

A Twist on Easter Classics with Food Network and HGTV

Easter is this weekend, and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite twists to some of the classic holiday traditions. To start, our cable channel, HGTV has provided a fun step-by-step guide to creating unique galaxy decorated ceramic eggs; eliminating the risk of unfound eggs becoming your home’s air freshener the week to follow. Then Food Network has some colorful and yummy deviled eggs that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Lastly, we wanted to make sure your dinner table is as beautiful as your food is delicious, with this Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting by HGTV.

 

DIY Galaxy Easter Eggs – HGTV

 

How to Make Colorful Deviled Eggs – Food Network

 

Vintage-Meets-Modern Spring Table Setting – HGTV

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

April Fool’s Day History

Get your whoopee cushions and hand zappers ready, because April Fool’s Day is this weekend. Have you ever wondered how the jokester’s holiday started? Did you know it is celebrated all around the world? Our cable channel, History Channel has a video to shed some light on the history possibly dating back to ancient Roman spring festivals.

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about what we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Who Was St. Patrick?

Tomorrow many will dress in green or risk being pinched as part of the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. But who was St. Patrick and what part of the colorful holiday started in the United States? Are you one to believe he drove snakes out of Ireland? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel The History Channel for some insight on the holiday and St. Patrick himself.

2017 March Madness®

Brackets are open! Who do you have going all the way in the NCAA® March Madness® tournament? March Madness® pools have been formed among businesses, friend groups and family homes as the nation finalizes their predictions before the games begin. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action, so we have listed the starting game lineup by date and time below, provided by the NCAA®.

 

Tuesday, March 14

5:40 PM CT               truTV                     New Orleans vs. Mt St Mary’s

 

8:10 PM                truTV                     Wake Forest vs. Kansas State

 

Wednesday, March 15

5:40 PM                truTV                     UC Davis vs. NC Central

 

8:10 PM                truTV                     USC vs. Providence

 

Thursday Afternoon, March 16

11:15 PM             CBS                        Princeton vs. Notre Dame

 

11:40 PM             truTV                     UNCW vs. Virginia

 

12:30 PM             TNT                        Winthrop vs. Butler

 

1:00 PM                TBS                         SD State vs. Gonzaga

 

1:45 PM                CBS                        Bucknell vs. West Virginia

 

2:10 PM                truTV                     East TN St vs. Florida

 

3:00 PM                TNT                        Middle TN vs. Minnesota

 

3:30 PM                TBS                         Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

 

Thursday Evening, March 16

5:50 PM                TNT                        Xavier vs. Maryland

 

6:10 PM                CBS                        TBD vs. Villanova

 

6:20 PM                TBS                         VCU vs. Saint Mary’s

 

6:27 PM                truTV                     Vermont vs. Purdue

 

8:20 PM                TNT                        FGCU vs. Florida State

 

8:40 PM                CBS                        Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin

 

8:50 PM                TBS                         North Dakota vs. Arizona

 

8:57 PM                truTV                     Nevada vs. Iowa State

 

Friday Afternoon, March 17

11:15 PM             CBS                        Oklahoma St vs. Michigan

 

11:40 PM             truTV                     NM State vs. Baylor

 

12:30 PM             TNT                        Seton Hall vs. Arkansas

 

1:00 PM                TBS                         Iona vs. Oregon

 

1:45 PM                CBS                        Jacksonville St vs. Louisville

 

2:10 PM                truTV                     TBD vs. SMU

 

3:00 PM                TNT                        TX Southern vs. North Carolina

 

3:30 PM                TBS                         Rhode Island vs. Creighton

 

Friday Evening, March 17

5:50 PM                TNT                        TBD vs. Kansas

 

6:10 PM                CBS                        Wichita State vs. Dayton

 

6:20 PM                TBS                         Troy vs. Duke

 

6:27 PM                truTV                     TBD vs. Cincinnati

 

8:20 PM                TNT                        Michigan State vs. Miami FL

 

8:40 PM                CBS                        Northern KY vs. Kentucky

 

8:50 PM                TBS                         Marquette vs. Southern Carolina

 

8:57 PM                truTV                     Kent State vs. UCLA

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and are interested in finding out what we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you. If you are currently a cable customer and don’t currently take advantage of our WatchTVEverywhere feature, click here and sign up today! You will need the name of the account holder and your account number. These items can be located on your bill.

2017 Spring Premieres

Winter may be ending, but good television is always in season. There are some intense premieres starting this week, from Designated Survivor coming back after a very dramatic winter finale to the hit series, Underground returning for a second season. You might also recognize some familiar faces in new series premiering, such as John Lithgow in the NBC series, Trial & Error, and Rosario Dawson in the Marvel series, Iron Fist on Netflix. You can find the trailers and premiere times below.

Designated Survivor – Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC

 

Underground – Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WGN

 

Trial & Error – Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. on NBC

 

Iron Fist – Friday, March 17 on Netflix

 

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

Mardi Gras History and Recipes

It’s Mardi Gras, a holiday full of colors, music and celebration. But do you know how the well-known Carnival started or why it is also referred to as Fat Tuesday? Below we have shared a video from our cable channel, History Channel to shed some light on the rowdy holiday.

If you are looking to celebrate Mardi Gras with your family, consider meeting at the dinner table with these recipes from our cable channel, Food Network.

 

Slow-Cooker Smoke Chicken and Shrimp Gumbo

 

Muffuletta Sandwich

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Mardi Gras!

What are Sunspots?

As you watch a thunderstorm, it’s hard to miss the immense power from a strike of lightening. Most people aren’t aware that the Sun also has the ability to create a magnetic disturbance similar to lightening. When energy from the Sun expands, solar flares are created, better known as sunspots. These disturbances have the potential to affect TV services twice a year during February/March and September/October. You might notice some channels periodically showing a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or even a total loss of the channel. Typically lasting 5 to 15 minutes, the sunspot activity should not cause any worry as it will pass.

So what exactly causes the disruption in your channels? As the satellites orbit, they eventually will align between the earth and sun. As a result of the mini-eclipse the satellite has formed, the sun’s rays overpower the transmission from the satellite. It is important to note that the effects brought on by sun spot activity is not a cable outage and there is really nothing Great Plains Communications, or any other cable provider, is able to do. The sun outages are often country-wide, and the only thing we can all do is wait for it to pass. Luckily, after 5 to 15 minutes, your program should air as normal.

If the problem has not subsided after 20 minutes, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and they will be sure to have our technicians look into the issue. For more information on sun spots and the current level of solar activity, visit NASA’s website at http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.

2017 Valentine’s Day Recipes

If you are looking to have a romantic Valentine’s Day at home, don’t assume that means you can’t have an amazing meal. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite Food Network recipes for you to enjoy with your loved one next week.

 

Red Velvet Heart Pancakes

If you are looking to get creative this Valentine’s Day, make these cute heart shaped red velvet pancakes for your loved one. They are not only beautiful to look at; it will be like you are starting your day off with dessert.

 

How to Make Holiday Beef Wellington

This Beef Wellington might look fancy, but it is surprisingly simple to assemble. The spinach and artichoke add an earthy flavor to the beef and the presentation is always a show stopper.

 

Champagne Jelly Flutes

This is a fun way to combine cocktails with dessert. By adding the gelatin, you will be able to enjoy a nostalgic texture with the adult flavor of champagne.

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