Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cable Rate Increases Planned for March and April

As if our dollars weren't stretched enough, cable companies are planning more rate increases for March and April. Here are some of the areas affected.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Hargray cable is raising rates beginning in March. The cause for the higher rates is blamed on programming cost increases. Premium services will go up to $54.99 a month. Budget-conscious consumers can opt for the Digital Lite package for $47.99 a month.

Charleston, South Carolina
Comcast is raising rates 4.3%. The Digital Start package will rise 6%, up from $50.99 to $54.25 a month for approximately 75 channels, interactive channel guide and video on demand feature.

Ocean City, Maryland
Comcast plans to raise rates 4.5% as a result of higher costs of doing business. Standard cable service will increase from $49.95 to $53.50 per month, as will the Digital Starter package. The more expensive Digital Preferred packages will now range from $74.15 to $128.15 per month.

Oregon & SW Washington
Comcast is raising cable rates an average of 6.6% beginning in April. The Digital Starter package will increase to $58 a month. The rate increase is blamed on rising costs of doing business.

Tampa, Florida
Bright House Cable is raising its rates. Basic cable TV service will go up from $49.49 a month to $52.49 a month. Premium cable channels such as HBO and Showtime will cost $1 more a month.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Save Money and Lower Your Monthly Bills

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Win an XBox 360 Gaming Console with Guitar Hero - Only 3 Days Left!

Don't miss out on your chance to win an Xbox 360 gaming console along with the game Guitar Hero. Total prize package is valued at $409. Hurry! Contest ends at 11:59 pm ET on 2/28/09.

To enter, just visit There is no purchase necessary to win and the drawing is random. Only 1 entry per person/email address.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Big Ten Network Announces Spring 2009 Baseball and Softball Schedules

I always get really excited when I can start talking about baseball and softball season because that means spring is just around the corner! The Big Ten Network recently announced the baseball and softball schedules for 2009. Fans can look forward to 30 baseball games, including the entire Big Ten Baseball Tournament, and 25 softball games. All games are nationally televised and will be broadcast in High Definition.

Don't miss out on this exciting season! Dish Network offers the Big Ten Network in the Classic Silver 200 package and above. Right now, you can get this package for only $22.99 a month with Free HD for 6 months, plus free installation and HD DVR upgrade. Sign up for Dish Network today from® by calling 1-877-444-4388 and also receive your choice of an iPod Shuffle or $50 cash card. Don't forget to mention Promo Code DISH105. This is an incredible deal you won't find anywhere else!

Here are the 2009 Big Ten baseball and softball season schedules through April. Please visit to view the remainder of the season.

Big Ten Network Baseball Schedule - 2009
DateTime (ET) Game
Friday, March 27 7:00 pm Michigan State at Illinois
Saturday, March 28 4:00 pm

Michigan State at Illinois

Friday, April 3 4:00 pmPenn State at Michigan
Friday, April 10 7:00 pm Illinois at Michigan
Saturday, April 11 2:30 pm Indiana at Iowa
Sunday, April 12 2:30 pm Indiana at Iowa
Friday, April 17 4:00 pm Iowa at Northwestern
Saturday, April 18 12:00 pm Ohio State at Purdue
Sunday, April 19 12:00 pm Ohio State at Purdue
Friday, April 24 7:30 pm Purdue at Minnesota
Saturday, April 25 3:30 pm Michigan State at Iowa
Sunday, April 26 2:30 pm Michigan State at Iowa

Big Ten Network Softball Schedule - 2009
DateTime (ET) Game
Saturday, March 21 1:00 pm Michigan at Northwestern
Sunday, March 22 2:00 pm Michigan at Northwestern
Sunday, March 29 3:00 pm Michigan State at Illinois
Wednesday, April 1 6:00 pm Illinois at Iowa
Wednesday, April 18:30 pm Illinois at Iowa*
Saturday, April 4 2:00 pm Purdue at Michigan
Sunday, April 5 1:00 pm Purdue at Michigan
Wednesday, April 8 3:00 pmNorthwestern at Minnesota
Wednesday, April 85:30 pm Northwestern at Minnesota*
Saturday, April 11 12:00 pm Indiana at Michigan State
Sunday, April 12 12:00 pm Indiana at Michigan State
Wednesday, April 153:00 pm Iowa at Northwestern
Wednesday, April 155:30 pm Iowa at Northwestern*
Saturday, April 18 3:30 pm Ohio State at Wisconsin
Sunday April 19 3:00 pm Ohio State at Wisconsin
Wednesday, April 22 5:00 pm Minnesota at Wisconsin
Wednesday, April 227:30 pm Minnesota at Wisconsin*
Saturday, April 25 1:00 pm Purdue at Penn State
Sunday, April 26 12:00 pm Purdue at Penn State
* Indicates game 2 of doubleheader. Start time may vary.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Catch These Free Previews on Dish Network in February

Every month, Dish Network offers free previews of certain channels to all subscribers, whether or not the channels appear in their packages or not. Now through February 25, 2009, subscribers can view WE TV (Women's Entertainment Television)and VERSUS (VS) for free.

Here is some more information about these exciting channels:

WE TV - IS television for women. Programming includes original stories and entertaining, lifestyle content. This channel is normally available only in the Classic Silver and higher packages.

VERSUS - This is a great channel for those that love competition and the home of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can also catch world-class events such as The Tour de France, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), the Indy Racing League and Professional Boxing. You also won't want to miss out on all the collegiate sports offerings. VERSUS is a must-have for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen with competitive events and original programs that you won't be able to find anywhere else. This channel is normally only available in the Classic Gold 250 and Gold HD and higher packages.
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