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Your Christmas Wish List

There’s not much time left, just 10 days until Christmas. Have you checked off all the must-haves from your family’s wish list? Let Great Plains Communications help this year, no matter if it’s high-speed Internet you need or reliable cable service.

As a gift to you when signing up for any new service, you will receive FREE installation and your choice of either ½ price HD-DVR for 3 months or FREE wireless router rental for 3 months. Check off even more deals by bundling services!

The offers don’t stop there! Enter now for a chance to win one of two iPad Minis we will be giving away. All you have to do is take a picture in an ugly holiday sweater, post it through the link below and like the Great Plains Communications Facebook page. The contest is running through Christmas evening, so you still have time. The winners will be announced Wednesday, December 30.

If you have any questions on these offers or would like to sign-up for a new service, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

This Day in History with The History Channel

It’s a Throwback Thursday with one of Great Plains Communications’ cable channels, The History Channel and one of its most popular features, This Day in History. It is exciting to think of the things that happened on this very day all throughout history. Below we have listed just a few highlights, you can find the full list here on the History Channel’s website.

1818 – Illinois Becomes the 21st State

Immigrants used to the vast forests of Tennessee and the eastern states didn’t know what to make of the prairies that covered Illinois. The first assumption was that it was inferior to the land they left, due to the lack of trees.  Though it took some time for the people to get used to the land, it later grew to be the densely populated state we know today.

 

1967 – First Human Heart Transplant

After a 25-year-old was fatally injured in a car accident, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky, residing in Cape Town, South Africa was given a second chance at a working heart. The surgery went well, with the heart working normally, however Washkansky later passed away from double pneumonia after the medication had left him susceptible to sickness.

 

1979 – Last AMC Pacer Rolls off Assembly Line

What was originally known as the car of the future, with tag lines like, “When you buy any other car, all you end up with is today’s car. When you get a Pacer, you get a piece of tomorrow,” ended with fading sales and a rough reputation.

2015 Fall Show Premieres

Fall is just around the corner and not only does that mean cooler weather and pumpkin spiced everything, it also means a brand new lineup of shows debuting. This season seems to be full of well-known actors taking on new roles which means exciting new perspectives for the viewers.

Neil Patrick Harris takes on a talk show of sorts that includes pranking celebrities, games for the audience and surprising home viewers. Ken Jeong, from The Hangover trilogy along with many other comedies, surprises the audience with the fact that he was a practicing physician before taking on acting and in his new show he will step back into the medical field. Lastly there is the hilarious duo of Rob Lowe and Fred Savage who play two brothers reunited, trying to get along while accidentally having a positive influence on each other along the way.

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris – September 15 on NBC

Dr Ken – September 18 on ABC

Blindspot – September 21 on NBC

The Grinder – September 29 on FOX

If you have any questions regarding your Great Plains Communications cable service, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a customer representative will be happy to help you.

Fourth of July Recipes by Food Network

Fourth of July is like the Thanksgiving of summer. You celebrate with family and friends and a belly full of good food. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with one of our cable channels, the Food Network to bring you a few recipes to add to the menu this weekend. From patriotic desserts to side dishes that are guaranteed hits, check out additional recipes on Food Network’s website.

 

Wave Your Flag Cheesecake

Grilled Citrus Chicken Thighs

Gina’s Orzo Salad

Great Plains Communications will be closed Saturday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

BTN2Go Will Have You Good to GO BIG RED!

Imagine sitting in the passenger’s seat with five hours left before your road trip finally concludes. You remember the Huskers kick off in 30 minutes and instantly that mocking road in front of you makes you feel even worse. Your cell phone vibrates. It’s your friend texting you from the game. Seriously? But wait, you remember that the game is being aired on the Big Ten Network (BTN) and with the BTN, comes BTN2Go! By going to BTN2Go.com and entering your cable provider credentials, you are good to GO BIG RED!

BTN2Go is a way to take the Huskers with you wherever you go. It allows you access to everything the BTN has to offer through your computer, tablet, and mobile device. All of this is possible, because of Great Plains Communications’ partnership with WatchTVEverywhere, as they provide you the tools to give you all the awesome perks of BTN2Go. If there are two games airing on BTN, you will be able to choose which game you would like to watch and if one game goes into overtime, BTN2Go gives you the privilege of choosing to continue watching or switch to the starting game.

Another option available is the BTN Plus. While on BTN2Go, you might come across something with a small lock on it. This indicates that it is only offered to BTN Plus subscribers. Although it is not included in your BTN package, you can find more subscription information on BTN2Go.

This Saturday, the Huskers will be taking on the Fighting Illini of Illinois at 8:00 p.m. CT and you bet it will be aired on the BTN! So if you have a trip planned, or you just know you won’t be in front of your television, don’t you worry. Also, if you still haven’t signed up for WatchTVEverywere that’s okay, all you will need is the name and number on the account and to click here to get it done. With BTN2Go, you are always prepared and ready to GO BIG RED!

What To Know Before You Think About Satellite TV

Most Cable consumers will inevitably contemplate switching to Satellite TV.  Sometimes, they’re drawn in by super-low promo offers or are tempted by channel options.  It is unfortunate, however, that many of these consumers will eventually end up with Satellite remorse due to several key problems with Satellite TV that just don’t exist with Cable Television.

One key issue is the means through which Satellite streams the TV signal into the home.  A Satellite signal must travel through miles of airspace before it reaches the home.  During this time in space, there is ample opportunity for the signal to be degraded.  Rain, snow, and even high temperatures can create a signal that is tiled or indecipherable.

Satellite does not provide the level of service that Cable provides.  Great Plains Communications Cable provides customers with technicians that live minutes from their homes while most Satellite customers in these areas live hours or days away from the nearest technician.  This means that when a problem  occurs with Satellite, there isn’t anyone to provide immediate assistance.   Therefore, it is not surprising that both of the major Satellite companies have horrible ratings with the Better Business Bureau.

Great Plains Communications Cable customers also enjoy Weather on Channel 2 on GPC-TV.  This is a hyper-local weather feature that isn’t accessible with any other TV option.  Weather on Channel 2 provides 24/7, live weather that will keep you aware of any weather issues coming your way.  Of course, GPC-TV also offers the best in local high school sports throughout the school year.

Satellite customers often become victim to the bait-and-switch pricing structures common in Satellite contracts.  Super-low promotional rates often expire within a few months, while the actual contract locks the customer in for up to 3 years!  Cable doesn’t demand that kind of commitment.  Instead, it relies on the quality of its product to keep customers around!

Do you have more questions about Cable?  Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Have You Seen MeTV?

Have you had the chance to check out MeTV, one of the newest channels on our updated Cable lineup?

MeTV brings its viewers the best in classic television & iconic programs that rank among the more revered shows of all time. MeTV is the only place to see award-winning shows such as M.A.S.H., The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Rockford Files, Ironside, and many more. They also show science-fiction favorites such as Star Trek, Lost in Space, and The Twilight Zone.  Fans of TVLand will really enjoy the wealth of programming provided by MeTV!

In addition to a vast amount of scheduled programming, MeTV also has hundreds of hours of On-Demand programming that you can stream right from its website using your High-Speed Internet.  Programs such as The Lucy Show, The Donna Reed Show, and The Saint are all available whenever you want to watch.  You can also stream a wide variety of movies from MeTV’s video vault.  Currently, the vault features a wide selection of Westerns for you to enjoy.
*In some markets Channel 10/11 network programming replaces MeTV in the evenings. This is a decision made solely on the the network and we have no part in this decision.

Get Ready for Big Red Action!

It is finally here! This Saturday marks the beginning of the Huskers Football Season and we are excited about all the possibilities this year holds.

From the match up against old rival Miami, to later an anticipated game against up-and-comer Fresno State, the Huskers have a very exciting non-conference schedule. There is also the rivalry with Northwestern to look forward to, with talk of a formal rivalry game resulting in a winner holding the official “NU” title for the entire year!

Reminding us why it’s good to be in the Big Ten, the first game isn’t on PPV, but the Big Ten Network (BTN), which is available to all of our Cable subscribers.  To find out what channel airs the BTN in your area, check out our channel guides. Accompanying the Husker game, BTN airs the best Big Ten coverage out there including additional games and exclusive programming.

Beyond this weekend, you can always find the most up-to-date listing of when and where Husker games will be aired, on our Big Ten page.  We are constantly updating air times and channels to make sure that you don’t miss a single moment of the Big Red action.

If you happen to be away from home during a Husker game, we can help there, too!  Our partner WatchTVEverywhere allows you to watch any BTN game through BTN2GO.  If you have already signed up for WatchTVEverywhere, then you are all set.  Otherwise, grab the name on your account and account number to sign up now.

A Brand New Site – TVOnMySide.com

Recently, a brand new site was launched to help answer some of the most common questions we get from our customers.  Specifically, TVOnMySide.com explains how Cable fees work and how they impact the TV our cutomers see.  The site also serves as an area to provide our customers with information about important issues such as retransmission and carriage fees, which can have a direct impact on the price of Cable service.

Here is an example of the types of questions answered by TVOnMySide.com.

Q: Why do I have to pay for channels I never watch?

A: Cable TV providers are often required by contract to carry both the most-popular and least-popular cable networks. In turn, if we ask for a price for just the most-popular networks, a common response from channel owners is to raise their price, effectively eliminating this option from consideration. Here’s a hypothetical scenario to help illustrate the situation: Imagine that, under its current contract, a certain programming channel owner is receiving a total of $4.00 per customer per month for three channels. Only one of those three channels is highly rated.

In negotiating a new contract, the channel owner now wants $6.00 per customer per month for the same three channels. When asked what the price would be for just the one highly rated channel, the owner responds that it will be $6.50. In other words, the channel owner demands $6.00 for three channels (a 50% increase over its current fees) or $6.50 for one channel (a 62.5% increase). That leaves the Cable TV provider with little option but to buckle down and seek a lower rate for all three channels, two of which you may never watch.

We encourage all of our customers to take some time and check out TVOnMySide.com for answers to Cable questions.  You can also leave customer feedback on the site and get updates about the latest in programming fees and Cable networks that are trying to dramatically increase rates.

Brace Yourself: The Olympics Are Coming

Are you one of the tens of millions of Americans who will be supporting Team USA this February?  If so, we have you covered from every angle with hours of extra footage, exclusive insights, and live coverage in your home and on-the-go.

In partnership with NBCUniversal and Watch TV Everywhere, Great Plains Communications will once again be providing more than 1500 hours of live Olympic coverage of all events.  What makes this coverage even better is that you will be able to watch wherever you are.  You can enjoy the Olympics on your large, at-home screen with your Great Plains Communications Cable connection or you can stream it over your Great Plains Communications High-Speed Internet with our partner, Watch TV Everywhere, which provides nearly two dozen streaming channels for our customers.

To access streaming content, you must have a Cable package that includes the various channels that will air this year’s Olympic Games.  These channels include NBC, USA, NBC Sports Networks, and CNBC.  You will be able to see content from any channels your Cable package provides.

If you haven’t already signed up for Watch TV Everywhere, you will need the name of the account holder and your account number.  For more information or to sign-up, visit the Watch TV Everywhere page.

For additional questions, you can contact our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

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