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 sunspot 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 sunspots, visit NASA’s website at http://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/SunspotCycle.shtml.
As we dive deeper into football season, you might be diving deeper into your couch more often, to catch the action from all your teams. With so many games to cover, and so many networks – it can get hard to navigate and find what you are looking for. Great Plains Communications has found a tool to help you out. The website 506sports.com is a resource to bring you a list of what teams are playing on what channels fast, so all you have to worry about is putting the number into your remote and grabbing a drink. The site lists the time, network and sometimes even the announcers for every FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) game each week. If the game is only available through streaming, it provides that information as well.
It isn’t just college football that 506sports.com covers, they also include NFL and MLB. Pro football is broadcast differently than most national college games. On Sundays, NFL airs regionally. To explain the different regions and what to expect for the coming week, 506sports.com publishes a map illustrating what games each network is airing in each market area. You can find the maps here.
Hopefully this information saves time and frustration when planning your weekend viewing schedule. As you can see from the college football schedule, the Huskers take on Troy this Saturday at 11 AM CT, airing on the Big Ten Network.
Fall show premieres are here and you won’t want to miss a moment! Great Plains Communications has listed some of our favorite premieres starting this month with new storylines and familiar faces bringing you horror, drama and comedy.
As you may be familiar with The Purge and its three sequel movies, this follows the same criteria – one night a year where all crime is legal. The 10-episode event is sure to provide suspense and horror.
There is a line between crush and obsession and you won’t want to miss Penn Badgley’s character try to decide which side he is on. So, is it a love story or something darker? You decide as you watch the story unfold.
Forever – Amazon Prime
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple living a comfortable life. But is it fulfilling? This along with other questions are raised after an unexpected event.
The Good Cop – Netflix
Away from the mic and onto the screen, Josh Groban stars alongside Tony Danza in this comedic cop drama from the producers of Monk.
Maniac – Netflix
Buckle up for a ride through the minds of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill’s characters as they are continuously drawn to one another throughout a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.
We are only days away from the season we have all been waiting for; football season. It’s a time full of pride filled colors, tailgating and friendly competition. Husker Nation will stand strong this Saturday, September 1 as the Huskers take on Akron Zips at 7:00 PM on FOX. It’s a new year and we are looking to Coach Frost. Great Plains Communications is excited to see what this year will bring for the Huskers and we hope everyone enjoys the game this weekend.
If you have any questions about your Great Plains Communications services as you are gearing up for the game, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.
In recognition of the holiday, Great Plains Communications will be closed Monday, September 3. For emergency service outages, please call 1-888-343-8014, Option 1.
It’s just about Labor Day weekend which means there is still time to get a few more grilling recipes in before the fall weather takes over. Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorite recipes to enjoy this long weekend from our cable channel, Food Network.
Grilled Chicken and Avocado Pesto
Liven up grilled chicken (or grilled chicken skewers) with this flavor-packed pesto. By adding the avocado, it adds a smooth and luxurious texture to the herb and nutty flavors of traditional pesto.
Grilled Sheet Pan Paella
Think past the usual grilled steak and chicken menu with this unique grilled paella. It is completely customizable, so if you don’t like mussels – add chunks of chicken breast or even go completely vegetarian. Just make sure all proteins are cooked to appropriate temperature before serving.
Ree’s Picnic Pasta Salad
Headed to a Labor Day party? Take this easy pasta salad that is sure to please not only the adults at the event, but the kids as well. Who doesn’t love chunks of cheese and bacon mixed throughout their pasta?
Giada’s Italian Panzanella Salad
Take the grilling indoors with this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. The grilled bread and artichokes add great texture to the freshness of the tomatoes and basil. You get the familiar grill flavor but in a light and refreshing dish.
We are excited to announce the kickoff to the new Great Plains Communications cable Sports Tier, and Sports Tier Plus bringing you even more options to catch all the action! From football to fishing, experience every touchdown, home run, big catch and outdoor adventure with the addition of the following channels:
World Fishing Network
Sports Tier Plus
All of the above +
Fox Sports 2
Football season is upon us, so make sure you don’t miss a minute of it. The NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments live and in high definition. Looking for entertainment to parallel your passion for horses and all things equestrian? RIDE TV is a 24-hour, HD delivered television network dedicated to showcasing equestrian sports, culture and lifestyle.
So, get in the game! Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to learn more and sign up for the Great Plains Communications Cable Television Sports Tier and Sports Tier Plus.
It is officially August and that means the school year is just around the corner. With the school year comes new routines and lots of planning: new clothes, checklist of supplies you need to get, and lunches and snacks to prepare. Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, Food Network for some of our favorite school time recipes the kids will love.
Jeff’s French Toast in a Mug
French toast isn’t really considered a portable breakfast, but with this recipe combines the comforting flavors of cinnamon French toast with the ease of breakfast from the microwave. By using disposable cups, this could be a carpool breakfast with no mess.
3 Locker-Friendly Foods for School
It can be tough to think of meals or snacks that can successfully sit in a locker for the morning hours and still taste as intended when lunch rolls around. These tips are full of techniques you may have not thought about – like putting your condiments between the meat and cheese instead of on the bread of the sandwich!
Ree’s Schoolday Chicken and Noodles
Ree Drummond or better known as The Pioneer Woman, homeschools her children, which means she is cooking their lunch meals. This is a comforting classic of chicken noodles that could also be a good weeknight meal as fall weather approaches.
Rachael’s Frozen Grape Slushies
Kids are often hungry as they come through the front door after school and it can be hard to think of not only fast but healthy snacks. These grape slushies are just two ingredients but will still feel like a treat as the kids slurp down the refreshing and healthy snack.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 22. It’s the 30th anniversary, so you know they are doing it up big with some of their most adrenaline pumping shows yet and familiar faces you won’t want to miss.
Throughout the week, you can expect shows such as:
Sunday, July 22
7 p.m. CT, Bear vs. Shark – No, this isn’t a race between a bear and a shark. It’s Bear Grylls and he is taking on the ocean’s most powerful predator.
8 p.m. CT, Shaq Does Shark Week – Basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal may be big, but he has one main fear: SHARKS. To help him out, comedian, Rob Riggle will join to help him work through that fear.
9 p.m. CT, Ronda Rousey Uncaged – Ronda Rousey is going head-to-head with a different kind of competitor as she takes on a mako shark.
Monday, July 23
7 p.m. CT, Monster Tag – More athletes join in the fun as Aaron Rodgers, Lindsey Vonn and Rob Gronkowski look into wildlife tags with scientists, learning about all the information the tags can provide.
Tuesday, July 24
7 p.m. CT, Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy – From Food Network to the Bahamas, celebrity chef, Guy Fieri and his son learn about the local cuisine for humans and sharks.
For the full listing of exciting Shark Week programming, check out the Discovery Channel website. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
Help us in congratulating our two Virtual Summer Giveaway winners, Cindy Frey of Stapleton, NE and Carrie Langer of Dodge, NE! Each were randomly selected after commenting on our Virtual Summer Facebook post, answering the question: “If I could go anywhere in the world this summer, I would take a virtual trip to _____.” Cindy commented that she would visit, “My daughter/son-in-law’s new home in Kentucky” and Carrie commented that she would take a virtual trip to Ireland. They both have won a DESTEK V4 Virtual Reality Headset with 103 degree field of view and capability with both iOS and Android phones.
The giveaway is part of our Virtual Summer promotion that is available through July 20! By using the code “Virtual Summer” on our website or when you call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, you will receive FREE installation on any new service including high speed-Internet, Cable TV or phone service. The social giveaway might be over, but there are still a few more days to take advantage of this great deal!
Once again, help us in congratulating Cindy and Carrie!
The HBO® and Cinemax® free preview begins tomorrow! Are you ready for all the action and drama? You will have access to chart-topping movies such as The Great Wall, Blade Runner 2049 and John Wick: Chapter 2. Not to mention HBO original shows such as Vice and the premiere of Sharp Objects. The free preview will run Friday, July 6 through Monday, July 9.
The preview is a feature available to Great Plains Communications cable customers. If you are not currently taking advantage of our cable service but would like to learn more about the packages we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.