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Introducing ESPN+

Today, April 12, 2018 Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International’s BAMTECH Media in partnership with ESPN, launched their new subscription streaming service, ESPN+. This service is targeting avid sports fans on a broad and niche basis, offering subscription streaming access to thousands of additional live sporting events, original content, and an on-demand video library. Some examples of programming would be: 180+ Major League Baseball games, 180+ National Hockey League games, 100 days of coverage of PGA Tour, and year-round boxing matches. It is subscription based and separate from the ESPN TV Everywhere that fans receive as part of their cable subscription as well as being completely separate and a distinct product from ESPN television.

How and Where is it Offered?

ESPN+ will be integrated into the updated ESPN App. The new app will be available on iOS and Android products, as well as the web, FireTV, and additional devices starting today. If you already have the ESPN app, it will either update automatically or prompt you to update it. Once it has done so, you can elect to purchase access to ESPN+.

What Does it Cost?

An ESPN+ subscription will cost $4.99/month or $49.99/year. ESPN+ does not come with your Great Plains Communications cable subscription, but is an additional purchase directly from ESPN.

 

If you have questions about the new ESPN App or ESPN+, go to support.espn.com or call 1-888-549-ESPN. If you already have the ESPN app, you can also utilize the ESPN App Live Chat Feature.

Upcoming Spring Premieres

While spring plays out this April Fool’s joke with the unwelcome snow, grab a blanket and your favorite seat on the couch for these upcoming show and film premieres.

Legion: Season 2 – FX, April 3, 20189:00 p.m. CT

 

6 Balloons – Netflix, April 6, 2018

 

Amateur – Netflix, April 6, 2018

 

Trading Spaces: Season 9 – TLC, April 7, 2018 – 8:00 p.m. CT

 

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

Easter Sweets

Easter weekend is almost upon us and we are all about some spring sweets. We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network and found some of our favorite sweet treats that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

 

Viv’s No-Bake Easter Egg Cheesecakes

This is a fun way to celebrate not only the Easter holiday, but play on April Fools a little as well. These cheesecakes are simple to make without any baking needed and will be sure to entertain with their cheeky presentation.

 

How to Decorate Little Lamb and Chick Cupcakes

Talk about a fun activity for the kids this weekend! Prep the candies and bake the cupcakes ahead of time and let their creativity shine with these cute creations.

 

Springtime Strawberry Cobbler

Many of us travel during the Easter holiday weekend, visiting family and gathering around the table. This Springtime Strawberry Cobbler is not only delicious but very simple to make ahead of time. Not a strawberry fan? Feel free to get creative with the fruit choice, maybe even mix a couple together!

 

Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter weekend!

2018 Severe Weather Week

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week and Great Plains Communications wants to remind you of some important tips and procedures to help keep you and your loved ones safe during severe weather situations.

We provide local Weather on Channel 2 through GPC Weather, bringing you 24/7 access to up-to-date information. GPC Weather tracks things at the national and local level via advanced satellite imaging along with the five-day forecast.

One of the most important factors to severe weather safety is understanding and receiving up-to-date warnings. Are you in a Watch or Warning, and what does that mean for you?

 

Watch

A watch is just that, when the conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather and should continue to be tracked. At this time, it would be best to take precautions and make sure you have supplies prepared should bad weather arise.

 

Warning

When a warning is issued, severe weather is either occurring or impending. At this point, you should immediately take action to protect yourself, your family and your property.

 

To keep you updated, GPC-TV’s Weather on Channel 2 uses an easy to understand color guide alert in the case of severe weather. The feature will shift the general color of the channel to yellow if there is a watch issued in the area, and to red if there is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning.

You must be a Great Plains Communications Cable subscriber to have access to GPC Weather on Channel 2. Check the GPC-TV website for a list of communities with GPC Weather availability. If you would like to sign-up or have additional questions, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, and a representative would be happy to help you.

March Madness Schedule Update

How is your bracket doing? This NCAA tournament has been one for the books, with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (No. 16 seed) beating Virginia (No. 1 seed) to multiple powerhouse teams being knocked off in the opening weekend. It should be an interesting fight to the finish to see who will win it all. We have included the schedule for the next couple days below all in Central Time.

Thursday 03/22

  • 6:07 p.m. Nevada vs. Loyola Chicago (CBS)
  • 6:27 p.m. Michigan vs. Texas A&M (TBS)
  • 8:37 p.m. Kentucky vs. Kansas State (CBS)
  • 8:59 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Florida State (TBS)

 

Friday 03/23

  • 6:07 p.m. Kansas vs. Clemson (CBS)
  • 6:27 p.m. Villanova vs. West Virginia (TBS)
  • 8:37 p.m. Duke vs. Syracuse (CBS)
  • 8:59 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Tech (TBS)

 

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

Spring Equinox 2018

Spring is here! And it snowed on the drive to work this morning. Well, we are in Nebraska. So, if it doesn’t feel like spring, what about today makes us welcome the new season rain, snow or shine? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, History Channel for some clarity.

On March 20 or 21 of each year, we experience the vernal equinox, which ultimately signals the start of spring for the Northern Hemisphere. So, what is an equinox you ask? As we know, the Earth orbits the sun and tilts at an angle on its axis, then throughout the year different areas get sunlight for different amounts of time. “An equinox occurs at the moment when the Earth’s axis doesn’t tilt toward or away from the sun,” the History Channel explains. “Someone standing on the equator on an equinox can observe the sun passing directly overhead.” Six months after the spring equinox, a second equinox occurs each year around September 22 or 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. Equinoxes are the only times a year that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west for every location.

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for the Whole Family

This Saturday, March 17, the color green will flourish throughout communities as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Often thought as a drinking holiday accompanied by corned beef and cabbage, Great Plains Communications is here to share some of our favorite recipes that step outside those guidelines a bit. Provided by our cable channel, Food Network, we have found recipes that the whole family can enjoy this festive weekend.

Green Pancakes and Hash

This recipe is a fun and creative way to hide some vegetables in the pancakes for the kids. They will love the bright green color and not think twice about the healthy ingredient behind the magic.

 

Easy Irish Grilled Cheese

Another way to use that green to your advantage, as you could substitute spinach for some of the herbs in this beautiful grilled cheese. It will be delicious and deceivingly healthy.

 

Rachael’s 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie

If you are looking for something other than corned beef and cabbage this holiday, this 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie could be just the warm and comforting recipe you’re looking for. The ground beef and vegetables combined with the gravy pair great with the creamy mashed potatoes on top. Plus, if you are cooking for a crowd, this is an easy recipe to adjust to the size pan you need.

How to Watch March Madness

The madness is just around the corner, the NCAA® March Madness® that is. Who will you have going all the way? Selection Sunday is this weekend and the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will officially announce which 68 teams qualify for the tournament. You can catch the March Madness Selection Show on TBS this Sunday at 5 PM CT.

When Does It Start and Where Can I Watch?
The first play-in games start Tuesday, March 13 and the first full day will be Thursday, March 15. The channels that will air the games are CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. Cable subscribers can also go to the NCAA’s March Madness Live site or use the March Madness Live app to stream all the games for free. March Madness Live is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One. However, if you are not a current cable subscriber, you will only have a three-hour preview.

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

Don’t Miss the Oscars this Sunday, March 4, 2018

This Sunday, March 4, 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards. Starting at 7 PM CT airing on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel will return as the host for the second year in a row. The Shape of Water is the most nominated film this year, with 13 nominations. Other nominees include: Dunkirk for Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread for Actor in a Leading Role, Frances McDormand in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri for Actress in a Leading Role, and Mary J. Blige in Mudbound for Actress in a Supporting Role. You can find all the nominees on the Oscar website.

So, is it the Academy Awards or the Oscars? Well, it is both. The golden Oscar statuette has been significant since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. According to the History Channel, the trophy is of “a knight holding a sword and standing on a film reel with five spokes, each representing one of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ five original branches: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.” It was originally known as the Academy Award of Merit and was later nicknamed Oscar in 1939. The History Channel states, “It’s uncertain exactly where the nickname came from, although credit often is given to Academy librarian Margaret Herrick, who upon first seeing the statuette reportedly claimed it looked like her uncle Oscar.”

You won’t want to miss the biggest night in film as it airs this weekend on ABC. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to know what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

2018 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony – When to Watch


The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is quickly coming to a close. The closing ceremony will take place this Sunday, February 25. Like the other events, including the opening ceremony on February 9, live airing times are affected by the extreme time difference of South Korea and the United States. We have included viewing options below to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the show, as it is anticipated to include beautifully elaborate choreographed routines and the exuberant beat of K-pop is sure to be featured.

Live Start Time: 5 a.m. CT

You can watch the live coverage of the closing ceremony on NBC, which will not have any anchor commentary. Another option is to livestream the coverage through NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app on one of your devices. With the livestream, you still must be a cable customer to access the content, and will need to provide authentication.

Prerecorded Air Time: 7 p.m. CT

NBC will air the closing ceremony Sunday night with Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as the hosts for the United States.

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

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