BLTV - News & Announcements

June 2017 Esquire Network discontinue date moved up
NBC Universal has notified BLTV that they have moved up the discontinue date for Esquire Network (channel 238 on the Variety Tier) to Wednesday, June 28th at 12PM EDT.

June 2017 Sprout rebranding as Universal Kids
NBC Universal has notified BLTV that Sprout is rebranding as Universal Kids on September 9th, 2017. Universal Kids will continue to be the premier source for preschool programming as it expands its content to include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted originals and proven international hits, extending its audience to include kids 2-11 years old.

May 2017 Esquire Network discontinued on June 30th
NBC Universal has notified BLTV that Esquire (channel 238 on the Variety Tier) will be permanently discontinued on June 30th, 2017.

March 2017 QVC Plus rebranding to QVC2
On April 1st, QVC Plus is rebranding as QVC2. This rebranding will bring some new and exciting things to the channel. To start, it will have its own deal of the day (similar to the Today’s Special Value on the QVC main channel) and even more original live programming.

March 2017 - Fox Business Network coming to Expanded
On April 3rd, Fox Business Network will be available to Expanded customers on channel 233.

February 2017 - New Watch TV Everywhere Additions
AMC, BBC America, Game Show Network and WEtv are now available on Watch TV Everywhere.

February 2017 - IFC and Sundance set to launch on February 28th
BLTV is excited to announce we will be launching two additional Variety Tier networks on February 28th. Independent Film Channel (IFC) will be on channel 243 on the Variety Tier. IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Original series Portlandia, Documentary Now!, Stan Against Evil and the upcoming Brockmire air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows.
SundanceTV will be on channel 244 on the Variety Tier. SundanceTV celebrates creativity and distinctive storytelling through unique voices and narratives found in the best independent films. From delivering critically acclaimed Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning television featuring some of the world's most talented creators and performers, to showcasing some of the most compelling and iconic films across genres and generations, SundanceTV is a smart and thought-provoking entertainment destination.

January 2017 - Cloo discontinued on February 1st
NBC Universal has notified BLTV that Cloo (channel 234 on the Variety Tier) will be permanently discontinued on February 1, 2017.

September 2016 - WSMV replacing Heartland with Escape TV on November 1st
WSMV notified BLTV that they are replacing Heartland with Escape TV on on November 1st. Escape TV is a network that airs great movies and series based on crime and mystery. Some of the series include Unsolved Mysteries, American Greed, LAPD, Forensic Files, American Justice and The FBI Files.

May 2016 - OWN added to Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV is pleased to announce that OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) has been added to Watch TV Everywhere.

April 2016 - Encore Name Change
Encore is being renamed to Starz Encore. All of the Encore channels are still the same ?like Westerns, Classics, and Family, but they will now be called Starz Encore Westerns, Starz Encore Classics, Starz Encore Family, etc.

February 2016 - HBO/Cinemax FREE Preview Weekend
On April 22nd-25th, BLTV will have a FREE Preview for HBO & Cinemax. This will coincide with the season premiere of Game Of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep. Enjoy all the addictive series, unforgettable movies,family favorites, powerful specials, and more on HBO and Cinemax! Please contact us if you do not wish to receive the free preview.

February 2016 - Nat Geo Wild launching March 1st
BLTV is excited to announce that we will be launching Nat Geo Wild March 1st on channel 221 on the Variety Tier.

February 2016 - The Weather Channel added to Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV is pleased to announce that The Weather Channel has been added to Watch TV Everywhere.

January 2016 - Fox Business Network Free Preview
Fox Business Network is giving BLTV's Expanded customers a FREE Preview on January 14th during the Republican Presidential Primary Debate on channel 233. The FREE preview will take place approximately 12 hours before and after the debate.

January 2016 - ABC Family rebranding to Freeform
On January 12th, ABC Family will change its name to Freeform. The name, look, feel, and attitude of the network will capture the nature of the "Becomer" audience (ages 14-34) and the modern way they consume and interact with media.

December 2015 - Discovery Networks added to Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV has added the following networks to Watch TV Everywhere: Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Life, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, and Velocity.

November 2015 - New Watch TV Everywhere Additions
ABC, ABC Family, Disney, Disney XD, and Disney Junior are now available on Watch TV Everywhere.

November 2015 - Fox Business Network Free Preview
Fox Business Network is giving BLTV's Expanded customers a FREE Preview on November 10th during the Republican Presidential Primary Debate on channel 233. The FREE preview will take place approximately 12 hours before and after the debate.

October 2015 - WatchESPN added to Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV is pleased to announce that WatchESPN is now available on Watch TV Everywhere.

August 2015 - FOX Sports GO, FX, & FXX added to Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV is happy to announce that FOX Sports GO, FX, and FXX are now available on Watch TV Everywhere.

August 2015 - SportSouth rebranding to FOX Sports Southeast
On October 5th, SportSouth will offically become FOX Sports Southeast. The name change will better align the network with FOX Sports and will continue to deliver the best in live and exclusive coverage of home teams across the South.

July 2015 - Investigation Discovery (ID) moving to Expanded October 1st
On October 1st, Investigation Discovery will move to Channel 91 on Expanded.

April 2015 - HBO/Cinemax FREE Preview Weekend
On April 10th-13th, BLTV will have a Free Preview for HBO & Cinemax. This will coincide with the Season Premiere of Game Of Thrones.

April 2015 - New HD Channels
BLTV is excited to announce the addition of FYI HD on Channel 395 and H2 HD on channel 396. A subscription to the HD and Variety Tiers is required to view these channels.

March 2015 - WCTE HD added
WCTE HD is now available on channel 392. On March 2, BLTV will also be launching GSN HD - Channel 348,
WGN HD - Channel 361, WE HD - Channel 369, Sprout HD - Channel 377, RFD-TV HD - Channel 381,
GAC HD - Channel 385.

February 2015 - Jewelry Television launches on Digital Basic
BLTV is excited to announce that we have launched Jewelry Television on channel 99 on Digital Basic. Jewelry Television?specializes in offering a vast selection of jewelry and gemstones live, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a commitment to customer satisfaction.

December 2014 - Discovery Fit & Health rebranding to Discovery Life
Discovery Fit & Health is rebranding as Discovery Life on January 15, 2015. Discovery Life will continue to be the television destination for the health and medical programming that you have come to expect. With gripping, emotional and real stories that explore life's twists and turns, Discovery Life's shows will continue to profile triumphs, troubles, and trauma through a wide range of high-quality content.

December 2014 - Mun2 rebranding to NBC Universo
NBCUniversal will rebrand its Spanish-language cable network mun2 into NBC Universo beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the day of Super Bowl XLIX.

October 2014 - G4 discontinued on November 30th
BLTV has been notified that the G4 channel will cease from being distributed by NBC Universal in the near future due to a decline in popularity. In compliance with our notification standards, we are giving a 30 day notice of its removal from BLTV’s Family Tier on November 30, 2014.

October 2014 - WGN America Converting to WGN Cable Network
Ben Lomand has been notified that on January 1, 2015, WGN America will be converted from a cable superstation to a general entertainment cable network known as WGN Cable Network. Because of this change, on January 1, 2015, WGN will be moved from channel 15 on Digital Basic to channel 61 on Expanded Basic.

October 2014 - Fusion launches on Family Tier
Fusion is a news, pop-culture and satire TV and digital network for a young and diverse America. It is available in the Family Tier on channel 242.

September 2014 - The Hub Network Rebranding as Discovery Family Channel
On October 13, The Hub Network will be renamed Discovery Family Channel. Discovery Family Channel will continue to offer a robust lineup including series from Hasbro Studios and featuring beloved children’s properties like My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers.

September 2014 - Hallmark Movie Channel Rebranding as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
On September 29, Hallmark Movie Channel becomes Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries brings to life timeless storytelling in the Hallmark tradition and is devoted to bringing the family together by delivering stories that captivate through drama, suspense, mystery, timeless holiday programming and the 60-year legacy of the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries brings viewers original movies that touch on a diverse range of genres including mystery, suspense and drama. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries new series of mystery movies includes; Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost starring Tom Selleck, Garage Sale Mystery: All that Glitters starring Lori Loughlin, The Gourmet Detective with Dylan Neal and Candace Cameron-Bure in Aurora Teagarden.

September 2014 - Galaxie Rebranding as Stingray Music
Galaxie will be rebranded as Stingray Music on October 27, 2014. Stingray is an innovative world leading multi-platform music service provider offering clients and consumers the best music vibes, ambiance and entertainment, curated by experts from around the globe. The primary brand values are innovation, community, integrity, experience and quality. The new brand reflects a personality that is friendly, energetic, social, cool and simple. The value proposition of the Stingray brand is simply summarized as “ALL GOOD VIBES? The best music for every moment, place and mood in your life. Broadcast on your TV, streamed online, and accessible on your mobile. No ads, no talk, just great music. Over the next few months, all of the Stingray Digital services will be renamed as follows:
Galaxie becomes Stingray Music as of October 27, 2014
Concert TV becomes Stingray Concerts as of March, 2015
The KARAOKE Channel becomes Stingray Karaoke as of April 1, 2015

September 2014 - QVC HD & QVC Plus
On September 8th, BLTV will be launching QVC HD on channel 307 and QVC Plus on channel 14.

September 2014 - Watch TV Everywhere
BLTV is excited to introduce Watch TV Everywhere ?and it's FREE for BLTV customers!
Watch TV Everywhere streams some of your favorite channels and programming to your PC, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone. It works anywhere you have an Internet signal: at home, work, hotels, malls, airports, and everywhere else!
To access Watch TV Everywhere content, you must be a BLTV customer and subscribe to that channel as a part of your programming package.
It only takes a couple of minutes to register your BLTV account at WatchTVEverywhere.com. Click on the Register button to get started. You will need your BLTV account number (found on your billing statement) & the last name your service is under. Choose the email address and password for your log in information. Then you will receive an email to activate your Watch TV Everywhere. Once registered, you can log in to enjoy programming from a variety of networks ?including live TV and full episodes of current TV shows.

August 2014 - The SEC Network launching August 14th
BLTV is happy to announce that we will be launching the SEC Network on August 14th on channel 38 & HD channel 338.
We will also be launching SEC Overflow 1 on channel 39 & HD channel 339 and SEC Overflow 2 on channel 59 & HD channel 359.

July 2014 - Galaxie Lineup Changes
Galaxie has decided to refresh their channel line-up effective August 19th, 2014. The changes will add some popular demanded music in to the mix and at the same time minimally impact current Galaxie favorite channels.

New channels: Channel 922 - Eclectic Electronic will replace Opera Plus
Channel 916 - Hip Hop will replace Big Band
Channel 919 -Y2K will replace Celtic
Channel 903 - Broadway will replace Baroque

Channels that will be refreshed and renamed:
Channel 937 - Regional Mexican will become Romance Latino
Channel 905 - Latino Tejano will become Rock en Español
Channel 907 - Dance Classics will become Groove Disco & Funk
Channel 908 - Retro R&B will become Classic RnB & Soul
Channel 913 - Hard Rock will become Heavy Metal

June 2014 - Bio rebranding to FYI, on July 8th
A+E Networks announced that they are rebranding BIO to FYI, effective July 8th. FYI, is described as "For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI?embraces an adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to peoples?taste, space, look, story and more. FYI covers a range of stories and experiences that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest". http://www.fyi.tv/

May 2014 - FXX & FXX HD launched June 1st on BLTV
BLTV launched FXX & FXX HD on June 1st. FXX is a cable entertainment network geared toward a young adult audience. The schedule will feature original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel will be anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit, and the critically acclaimed late-night strip, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

April 2014 - Cable Sports Southeast (CSS) shutting down June 1st
BLTV has been notified by Cable Sports Southeast (CSS) that they are shutting down operations on June 1, 2014. Coverage of SEC sports previously on CSS (channel 38) will now be carried on the SEC Network, which BLTV will be launching in August.

April 2014 - Channel Lineup Number Changes on May 1st
Some of the channels in BLTV's Expanded, HD, Premium, and Premium HD packages will have a number change on May 1st. Be on the lookout for our new channel lineup card in your billing statement

April 2014 - HBO/CINEMAX FREE PREVIEW
On April 4th-7th, BLTV will have a Free Preview for HBO & Cinemax. This will coincide with the Season 4 Premiere of Game Of Thrones.

March 2014 - NEW CHANNELS ADDED
BLTV is excited to announce the addition of 12 Channels to our lineup: FX Movie Channel, FX Movie Channel HD, MTV HD, Nickelodeon HD, Comedy Central HD, CMT HD, Spike HD, VH-1 HD, Headline News HD, TruTV HD, Cartoon Network HD, and Turner Classic Movies HD.

February 2014 - 2014 SOCHI OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Watch the Sochi Olympic Winter Games on the networks of NBCUniversal brought to you by BLTV. The Winter Olympics begin on February 6th, with the Opening Ceremony on February 7th.

DECEMBER 2013 - NEW HD & HISPANIC CHANNELS
BLTV is pleased to announce the addition of 5 HD channels and 2 Hispanic channels to our lineup: ESPNews HD - Channel 321, Disney XD HD - Channel 329, Disney Junior HD - Channel 350, Hallmark HD - Channel 375, mun2 - Channel 122, and Telemundo - Channel 123.

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AUGUST 2013 - FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports 2 HD
BLTV has added 2 new channels to our lineup: FOX Sports 2 - Channel 215, and FOX Sports 2 HD - Channel 315. FOX Sports 2 will deliver coverage of popular sporting events, entertaining studio shows and programming dedicated to sports fans.

MARCH 2013 - HD CHANNEL ADDITIONS & THE NASHVILLE NETWORK (TNN)
BLTV is excited to announce the addition of 10 HD channels to our lineup: Lifetime HD - Channel 327, Lifetime Movie Network HD - Channel 326, Bravo HD - Channel 370, Oxygen HD - Channel 378, SyFy HD - Channel 346, USA HD - Channel 365, FX HD - Channel 366, Speed HD - Channel 347, CNBC HD - Channel 354, MSNBC HD - Channel 348. The Nashville Network (TNN) will be available on Channel 231 in Warren, White, Grundy, Coffee and Van Buren Counties.

AUGUST 2012 - TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES UNDERWAY FOR BLTV

- Ben Lomand Connect has been upgrading the technology some of its subscribers use every time they turn on their televisions.  One of the exciting changes includes the addition of Video On Demand (VOD).  With VOD, BLTV customers will enjoy the freedom and control to watch their favorite movies whenever they want!  We anticipate VOD will become available November 6th. Due to contractual restrictions we will no longer offer Pay Per View (PPV), with the exception of a few specific events like UFC, UT Football, professional boxing and wrestling.

"Accessing VOD is very simple!?If your remote has a "VOD" or "On Demand" button, simply press that button to access the VOD screen.?If your remote does not have a VOD button, just press the "Menu" button to access the on-screen menu.?From there, just scroll over to the right until you see the VOD icon highlighted, and then press the Enter button.?This will bring the VOD menu up on your screen, allowing you to select the content you would like to view."?/p>

Click here to read an article about the technological upgrades.

FEBRUARY 2012 - Retransmission Consent Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Retransmission Consent? Why are the TV stations charging you?

    Since 1992, television stations have been authorized by the U.S. Congress to grant or deny permission for a cable television provider to carry their signals. This right is renewable every three years. The agreements with the broadcast TV stations we carry in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville expired at the end of 2011. When these agreements expired, the local broadcast channels can deny BLTV the right to carry their station unless we pay an exorbitant price increase per subscriber. There is almost zero room for negotiation although the FCC states they must negotiate in "good faith".

  2. How does this affect Ben Lomand's BLTV service?

    In the past, BLTV has reached mutually acceptable agreements with all of the local stations. For 2012, these same stations have demanded unreasonable payments for the right to carry their channels. In some cases, the rate has increased over 150%. We believe that above all else broadcast television is a public resource and should continue to be made available without charging our customer additional fees. For several months, we have fought for this right but unfortunately, the TV stations did not back down. They have demanded these unreasonable amounts or we must take them out of our line-up.

  3. Why can't I drop these channels and just subscribe to the expanded package?

    By law, BLTV is required to place all broadcast TV stations in their basic package. Currently, the law does not allow us to sell any services a la carte and we cannot sell you any level of service without the basic package included.

  4. Why is this different than paying for channels like ESPN and Discovery?

    Cable networks like ESPN and Discovery also bill TV providers a charge for each subscriber. However, broadcast TV stations are given free spectrum by the federal government to provide service to the local communities. Therefore, you are already paying for these stations with your tax dollars. Cable networks like ESPN pay millions of dollars to be transmitted by a satellite and are not available free over the air. You cannot view ESPN on your TV with just an antenna. In addition, for cable channels like Discovery, we are allowed to sell advertising to help offset a portion of these costs. In this case, the Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville stations are not providing us an opportunity to insert local advertisements but still charge our customers a rate similar to ESPN and Discovery.

  5. Which TV stations are charging Ben Lomand and how much are they charging you?

    In addition to the price per sub they demand for the carriage of their channel, the TV stations demand complete confidentiality in their agreements. We are not allowed to tell you which stations are charging and how much they are forcing us to pay. This is another frustration and we would like to publicize this information. We do encourage you to take action and complain to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and/or your local Congressman and Senators. We can tell you this increase in retransmission fees in addition to the increases from the network channels will equal over $600,000 per year.

  6. Why shouldn't I switch to satellite or another provider?

    While satellite or another provider may appear appealing at this point in time, please keep in mind the advantages of being a BLTV customer. We are a local employer and we are committed to our communities that we serve. We have local offices where you can still speak to a real person. Dish, DirecTV, and other providers experience similar rate increase challenges with programmers as referenced by the recent headlines when DirecTV almost dropped 25 very popular Fox networks over a very heated battle of programming rate increases with Fox. All providers are fighting this battle with local affiliates.

  7. What kind of action can I take to complain about this?

    We understand your frustration with this fee and we encourage you to act now and make your complaints known by contacting the FCC at the following address:

    Ms. Marlene Dortch
    Secretary
    Federal Communications Commission
    445 12th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20554
    Re: MB Docket No. 07-198

    If you would like help writing a letter to the FCC or to your local Congressman and Senators, please visit the American Cable Association website at www.americancable.org for sample letters.

    The Honorable Eric Stewart
    Tennessee Senate
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 310A War Memorial Bldg.
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Sen.eric.stewart@capitol.tn.gov
    Coffee, Grundy, Van Buren
    & Warren Counties

    The Honorable Bill Harmon
    TN House of Representatives
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 24 Legislative Plaza
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Rep.bill.harmon.@capitol.tn.gov
    Sequatchie, Van Buren, Grundy
    & Marion Counties

    The Honorable Charlotte Burks
    Tennessee Senate
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 304 War Memorial Bldg.
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov
    Cumberland, Putnam, & White Counties

    The Honorable Cameron Sexton
    TN House of Representatives
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 20 Legislative Plaza
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Rep.cameron.sexton@capitol.tn.gov
    Cumberland County

    The Honorable Judd Matheny
    TN House of Representatives
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 15 Legislative Plaza
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov
    Coffee & Warren Counties

    The Honorable Pat Marsh
    TN House of Representatives
    301 6th Avenue North
    110 War Memorial Bldg.
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov
    Bedford County

    The Honorable Charles Curtiss
    TN House of Representatives
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 34 Legislative Plaza
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov
    White, Putnam & Warren Counties

    The Honorable Jim Tracy
    Tennessee Senate
    301 6th Avenue North
    Suite 2 Legislative Plaza.
    Nashville, TN 37243
    Sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov
    Shelbyville, Bedford, Moore &
    Parts of Rutherford Counties

BLTV IS WORKING TO GIVE YOU THE BEST LINE UP AVAILABLE

FEBRUARY 2010 - Ben Lomand's customer service department receives many requests throughout the year for channels. We take each channel request into consideration every time we evaluate the BLTV channel line-up. We also hear from you about the content programmer's air on their channels. Unfortunately, we have no control over the specific content the programmers choose to air and it seems that things like showing repetitive movies is unavoidable in the industry. As we begin a new year, we wanted to take this opportunity to give our customers a better understanding of the process involved with channel negotiations.

Programmers are the channel providers themselves such as Disney, Discovery, and Turner Broadcasting. One programmer may own several channels such as MTV. They own over 13 networks including VH1, Spike, Noggin and CMT. Some programmers feel that their content is in such high demand that it allows them to charge excessive rates or they require an entire suite of channels to be purchased instead of just the one channel that we want. Monthly rates range from 10 cents to a few dollars per subscriber and every 1-4 years these rates must be renegotiated.

Even local channels that we once considered free from Nashville and Chattanooga require BLTV to pay a per subscriber charge. Their business plans in the past were solely based on selling advertising but today are based on the number of subscribers that have access to their channel. In the last contract negotiations one provider asked for a 1200% increase. We worked very hard to negotiate a better price and did so successfully but it was still an increase nonetheless.

Programming fees and negotiations are not limited to BLTV. Time Warner recently had a major rate negotiation dispute with Fox over a contract that was ending on Dec.31, 2009. Fox reportedly demanded $1 for each of Time Warner's subscribers per month which Time Warner, and most of the industry, felt was completely unfair. Fox/Time Warner was able to resolve their dispute around the midnight hour.

Even with 12,000 subscribers, BLTV is considered a relatively "small" video provider with "small" meaning less than 100,000 subscribers. In most every situation this is good except when trying to negotiate these contract rates with major channel programmers. To increase our buying power, Ben Lomand is a member of National Cable Television Cooperative and the American Cable Association, which pools several smaller providers together in order to negotiate better programming rates. Each channel does not have a set rate and the rates are often set based on the number of subscribers. Programmers can often have a "take it or leave it" attitude when negotiating.

One example of this situation is the NFL Network. We have spent many hours trying to negotiate a fair rate with the network but in each situation they have given us "take it or leave it" terms. That price is so excessive that most companies cannot afford to add this channel without a price increase for their customers. NFL also requires the channel to be in the Expanded Package which means a price increase for nearly everyone- not for just those that want the network. This price is also for the entire year, not just football season.

On average these programming costs are increasing 5-10% yearly, however BLTV actively tries to find ways to absorb these costs without passing it along to customers with a rate increase. BLTV's other offerings such as the Family tier, Hispanic tier, HD and DVR help to offset some of the programming increases. BLTV is proud of the fact that there has been only one price increase during the first 5 years of service.

We will keep working hard to bring you one of the best channel line ups around and thank you for your channel requests, we do listen!

KID'S BLOCK PREMIERS FEB 6, 2010

FEBRUARY 2010 - Beginning Saturday, February 6, 2010, BLTV's Channel 6 is proud to present Kid's Block (programming designed for children). These programs will air from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm each Saturday and from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm weekday afternoons.

Some examples of what you will see on Kid's Block are as follows:

The children's television show "Mustard Pancakes" takes place in the comfortable home of singing/storytelling grandmother Courtney Campbell. Courtney shares her home with four kind-hearted and child-like puppet characters: Oogleberry Ink Dog, a scruffy and thoughtful dog; Tiny Tina Ten Toes, a free spirited beagle who loves to dance; Mo, an innocent and playful Chocolate Labrador; and Mr. D, a slightly self-absorbed cat. Combining the art of storytelling and the element of song, the series presents everyday situations in an age-appropriate way to help children learn about solving life's little problems.

"Did You Ever Wonder?" is truly a one of a kind educational and entertaining program. These video tours take children behind the scenes to places you would rarely have the chance to take children in real life. Join Ms. Jennings and our kids as they embark on enlightening adventures.

"Kid Fitness" incorporates physical activity, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, original music and edu-venture (education and adventure) story lines designed to get children moving and developing healthy habits to help prevent sedentary lifestyles, obesity and health-related issues.

Set in Hawaii, "Blue Dolphin Kids" is an exciting children's program that's perfect for the whole family! From outer space to inner space, join the Blue Dolphin Kids as they explore, learn and imagine. Blue Dolphin Kids is a live action, news magazine format children's show that makes learning fun with breathtaking visuals, educational trivia, cool factoids and a whole lot more.

WARREN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM CHANNEL

DECEMBER 2009 - Ben Lomand was pleased to announce the return of Channel 5+ to the BLTV line up last month. This month brings another channel completely unique to BLTV Ben Lomand has partnered with the Warren County School System to bring you WCS- TV, located on channel number 180 in the BLTV's Basic Package.

"The students will be the stars of the channel" says Professional & Community Development Coordinator, Bonnie Collier. The channel will show fun activities such as assemblies and ballgames that highlight students in our school system. "It will also be used as an informational tool to communicate with parents" states Dr. Jerry Hale, Director of Schools, "with instructional programs, announcements, parent tips, calendars, public service announcements and lunch menus".

The new channel will debut on December 1st at 8:30 a.m. Joe Harvey has been hired as the WCS-TV video broadcast technician to work on filming, editing and scheduling the programs. He will work with each school in the system to assist in getting their content on the air. It will take some time to develop the channel to the fullest but Harvey feels that it will be a source of great interest for the whole community.

Network Operations Manager, Ray Cantrell hopes that this will encourage other counties to add their own school channel. "BLTV is open to each county in our service area having their own school system channel", states Cantrell. "It's a winning situation for BLTV because it is exclusive to our system and it's a great tool for the schools to promote themselves and communication." Tune into WCS?TV on December 1st at 8:30 a.m. along with all of the school children in the county to watch its premier.

YOU ASKED FOR IT ... AND YOU GOT IT: DAILY TV SCHEDULE ON BLTV!

SEPTEMBER 2009 - Recently we've been getting quite a few requests from our customers to post a schedule of daily TV programming on our BLTV website. We listened and we are pleased to announce that it should be up in the next few weeks at www.bltv.net using the Zap2it service.

The schedule will show all TV programming available on BLTV including your favorite shows, movies, sports and upcoming events on local & national channels. You'll be able to search by channel, by date and time, as well as highlight favorite channels, sports, movies, news, and children's programming. Not only that, you can sign up through Zap2It and build your own custom calendar of TV programming - including all your favorites.

Included is a screen shot showing how the TV programming page will look and a sample of just a few of the channel listings.

AREA SPECIFIC LOCAL WEATHER

JULY 2009 - We are constantly making improvements to BLTV and the latest will come soon with area specific local weather. Sparta, Tracy City, McMinnville and Crossville will have local temperatures, current conditions, radar and satellite maps for each area. This will allow for more local forecasts and conditions since Ben Lomand has such a large coverage area. "We are excited about our new options with the new weather server system" states Clent Kesey of BLTV. "This new system will give a new updated look as well as offering businesses a chance to sponsor BLTV Channel 1. Features on the new weather system even allow the capability of pulling live images from camera(s) placed in the community," says Kesey.

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