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Coming on the heels of a ‘controversial’ gesture made by the Cleveland Browns high profile draft pick, Johnny Manziel, Draft Day is available on Armstrong On Demand. Once again, poor Cleveland makes it to the big screen as the worst-to-first sports team. Draft Day focuses on the Browns’ front office and their attempt at making some big moves on the big day.

While “Johnny Football” wasn’t the number 1 pick (heck, he wasn’t even the Browns’ first pick of the draft), falling all the way to number 22, Manziel has become the most intriguing NFL rookie since Tim Tebow. While it remains to be seen if Manziel will last in the league longer than Tebow, he continues to draw the attention of fans and non-fans alike. Watch Draft Day and see how all the draft drama unfolds.

The Quiet Ones is also available on Armstrong On Demand this week.

The New DA Guide

daguideArmstrong has been sending a lot of communication to its customers about the Digital Adapters (DAs) lately. If you haven’t heard already, every television set in your home will need a DA (unless you already have a regular Set Top Box or PVR) in order to receive programming from Armstrong. Some areas have already gone through this transition.

Not only do these DAs ensure you get uninterrupted service from Armstrong, but you will now receive TV Plus; featuring 100% digital video and audio, as well as dozens of music channels. However, one of the most exciting features is that your television will now have an all new guide. Currently, all SD Digital Adapters have an engaging On Screen programming guide.* Featuring current and future TV listings, programming information and parental controls, the new guides help you get the most out of TV Plus from Armstrong.

If you haven’t received your FREE DAs, click here to order them today!

Learn more about the DA guide experience here, including helpful how-to videos and a printable quick start guide.

 

*HD Digital Adapters will receive a guide in the coming months.

 

What do you want for dinner?

How often have you had this conversation with your significant other?

What do you want to eat tonight?

I don’t know, what do you want to eat tonight?

I asked you first?

I don’t know.

…so-on and so-on

smartphone1Figuring out what to have when you decide to dine out can be a task if not a nightmare. Luckily there are lots of apps and websites out there that help you see what is near you, what others think of these places and what you can actually order at these places. I personally use Yelp and Foursquare from time to time, especially when I am on vacation or away from home.

iPhone and iPad tech blog iMore.com has put together an app comparison that can show you what each of these specialty apps can do for you. Yelp is good for seeing what others think about the restaurant, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Foursquare was known more for social check-ins until recently when it began focusing on discovery. Check out the full article here to see how you can make deciding where to eat easier.

HBO GO

Great news! HBO GO is now available from Armstrong.

Armstrong is excited to announce that you can now watch the best of HBO and Cinemax anywhere with HBO GO and MAX GO. Free with your HBO and Cinemax subscriptions, you now have access to hundreds of original series, hit movies, specials and more! Anytime, Anywhere!

Catch up on current popular series like True Blood or Game of Thrones, or rewatch favorites like the Sopranos or Curb Your Enthusiasm. Even use HBO GO to discover shows you never had a chance to watch like Six Feet Under or Oz.

tveWatch HBO GO and MAX GO on your laptop or PC, as well as many smart devices. HBO can honestly GO anywhere.** Visit HBOGO.com or MAXGO.com to learn more or begin the sign up process.

To protect your family from mature content, HBO requires the account owner to sign in first and setup a main account for the household. Once on the site, click “Sign Up” and register. Select “Armstrong” as your TV provider, sign in with your Armstrong username and password, enter your PIN if you haven’t done so previously to designate this user as the account owner and finally complete your HBO GO or MAX GO account registration.

Start here if you need an Armstrong username.

 

**HBO GO Available on the following platforms:

Apple iOS devices - Apple App Store (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad running iOS 5.0 or higher)

Android devices – Google Play Store (Android smartphones, 7 and 10 inch tablets, and Kindle Fire running Android 2.3 through 4.4)

Apple TV (second generation or later Apple TVs with software update 5.3 or later required)

Chromecast

Roku devices (all)

Samsung Smart TVs (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - compatible devices listed here)

PS3

Xbox 360

 

MAX GO Available on the iPad, iPhone and Android smartphones. Or stream to the Apple TV with Airplay.

 

Demand It!

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It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. Again! Muppets Most Wanted is out this week from Armstrong On Demand. In true Muppets fashion, this sequel is full of cameos, singing and classic Muppet jokes. A true family movie, kids and adults will love this one.

Comparing this series of movies to the original series, I am starting to see a few similarities. The Muppet Movie (1979) featured the original story of how the group met, all building towards the goal of making it in Hollywood. Muppets (2011) featured a story of re-gathering the entire gang, all building towards the goal of making a TV special, in Hollywood.

The original ‘sequel’, The Great Muppet Caper (1981) was a crime-based movie, having little to do with the movies or acting. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) focuses on a crime spree while the Muppets are touring with their new act. If this is at all on purpose, could we be getting ready to see a different take on The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)?

Either way, this latest installment should be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

DisneyNature’s Bears and A Haunted House 2 are also available this week. [Read more...]

Turtle Power!?

turtleThe 80s kid in me wanted to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle this weekend. However, based on a few early reviews, it looks as though Michael Bay ruined another piece of my childhood.

What was I to do? I gave my kids a choice in what movie to see and they chose the Turtles.

As I settled into the theatre with my Donatello purple 3D glasses, I realized that maybe I was over-analyzing a movie about talking turtles. When I put that aside, I was able to enjoy a really good modern version of one of my childhood favorites. The characters were spot on and the action was great. They may have taken a few liberties with the origin story, but overall it was a fun experience.

Was this really the same Michael Bay that gave us a whole bunch of bad Transformers movies? Did he just get lucky with this one? Lets just hope that he passes on the He-Man scripts that come his way.

Read the Gizmodo review here.

 

TV Everywhere

shutterstock_159865043UPDATE: Armstrong now has access to C-Span, C-Span 2 and C-Span 3

Watching TV doesn’t just mean watching a television set that is in the center of your living room, man-cave or bedroom. Watching TV just means watching video programming. Period. Whether it is on the 50 inch HDTV in the living room, a lap top while setting on the couch or a tablet or smart phone while relaxing on your back porch.

It’s all ‘TV’ …everywhere.

We hear from some of our customers that they want to experience this new way of TV viewing, but just aren’t sure what is available to them. Your Armstrong Television Plus subscription lets you unlock thousands of hours of video from hundreds of programmers including apps from over 30 networks on your favorite devices.  Sign in with your Armstrong username and password to get access to apps and websites from networks like USA, TBS, TNT, Bravo, Syfy, NBC Sports Network, Cartoon Network, History, A&E and more.

Not sure where to start, check out ArmstrongMyWire.com to see programming from over 300 providers, or find your favorite network below, including links to websites, Apple iOS apps or Google Android apps.

 

A&E Apple Google
BET Apple Google
Bravo Apple
Cartoon Network Apple Google
Cinemax (MAX GO) Apple Google
Cloo
CMT Apple Google
CNBC Apple
CNN / HLN Apple Google
Comedy Central Apple
C-SPAN, C-SPAN 2, C-SPAN 3
Deportes Telemundo Apple Google
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Fox Business News Apple Google
Fox News Apple Google
fyi Apple
Golf Channel Apple Google
HBO (HBO GO) Apple Google
History / H2 Apple Google
Lifetime / LMN Apple Google
MTV Apple Google
MSNBC Apple
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NBC News
NBC Sports Apple Google
NFL Network/Redzone Apple Google
Nick / NickToons Apple Google
Nick Jr.
Oxygen Apple
Spike
Sprout Apple Google
Syfy Apple
TBS Apple Google
TCM Apple Google
TeenNick
Telemundo Apple Google
Tennis Channel Apple Google
TNT Apple Google
TruTV Apple Google
USA Apple Google
VH1 Apple Google

Football Season is here already!

football1The NFL season is fast approaching. With training camps ramping up, preseason games starting this week and the regular season less than a month away, it is time to start thinking football. However, it may seem a bit early to be thinking of the Super Bowl. However, one fan is already envisioning the half time entertainment.

A Washington based NFL fan has started a petition to get Weird Al to be the half time act in the 2015 Super Bowl. Weird Al currently has the number one album on the Billboard charts, a pack of popular videos complete with cameos from some of his celebrity friends and an upcoming 25th anniversary Bluray of his underground hit, UHF.

Personally, this is social change I can get behind. Will you sign the petition on Change.org? (I did.)

Read the full cNet article here.

Demand It!

DemandItBannerIt’s summer. Summer in the theaters means Action! Summer with On Demand means Action too! Two great action filled ‘blockbusters’ hit Armstrong On Demand this week; Need for Speed and Divergent. Need for Speed, based off of the popular video game series, stars Breaking Bad sidekick Aaron Paul. This doesn’t look to be a 2 Fast 2 Furious rip off, this is it’s own animal.

While Divergent does seem to be similar to the Hunger Games; (novel-based films about futuristic teens fighting the new government system), it also looks to be different enough to live on its own. Take a look and let us know what you think. [Read more...]

Monsters

batmanHollywood seems to go through phases of what is popular, especially when it comes to the supernatural. From vampires to zombies to witches, there have been a lot of different takes on some of these classic monsters lately. However, there is the possibility of bringing them all together “Avengers” style.

Universal Studios originally made Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy household names when it came to horror movies. A cnet article reports that Universal is set to relaunch many of its most popular characters including Drac and the Mummy, as well as Van Helsing and The Wolfman. The article even mentions the possibility of the series culminating in a mashup film with many of the characters coming together. Until then, I guess we will just have to settle for the original Monster Mashup, one of my favorite 80s classics, Monster Squad.

Read the full article here.