Major League Baseball

baseball3It is officially the end of the baseball regular season and time for the postseason. Once again my Pirates are in the chase. Another regional team to keep an eye on are the Baltimore Orioles.

The Pirates first have to make it past the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 1 in Pittsburgh. The game will be featured on ESPN.  If, or should I say, when the Pirates move on, they will play the Washington Nationals beginning Friday, October 3 in DC. (That first game will be on Fox Sports 1.)

The Orioles will host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, October 2. The series will be featured on TBS.

Follow the Wild Card games and Division Series on!


batsNew fall shows have been premiering this week. More shows will be introduced in the coming weeks. So, what are you watching? I really enjoyed the series premier of Gotham, the pre-Batman era Gotham City tales.

It was great to see how they begin introducing the characters that we are now familiar with, including a young Bruce Wayne, a younger James Gordon and early versions of Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler and Poison Ivy. While it won’t be the ripped-from-a-comicbook style action that we see in The Flash and Arrow, it does keep this comic nerd’s attention.

Mashable gives us a breakdown of the premier from Monday and gets you ready for a new episode next week.  Were there any other clues you picked up on? Any new characters to be revealed?

Demand It!

DemandItBannerYou can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family… or sometimes your neighbors. This frustrating comedy comes to you this week from Armstrong On Demand. Neighbors features a normal family, happy with their lives as new parents. Next thing you know, they have some new neighbors move in next door. Those neighbors just happen to be a college fraternity. You can imagine how wild this one is going to get.


Are you still watching the NFL?

football1Has the recent turmoil in the NFL, including domestic abuse, child abuse and cover-up scandals, caused you to flinch when it comes time to watch? The most popular American pro sport has seen its share of somber news conferences recently, with everyone taking notice and perhaps looking at the league a bit differently.

Did week 3 see any dip in ratings? Will Monday Night Football tonight show a drop in viewers or will the eyeballs still be there? Some sponsors have made it known their distaste for the recent off field issues, but two or three companies won’t do much to bring the league much reason to change much. Social media and public pressure have started to show that maybe the NFL can be pressured into making some major changes. Only time (and bank accounts) will tell.

Personally, I have a hard time tuning in. Are you still watching?

More Comic Book Movies Please!

popcornI talk about it a lot here, I like comic book movies and shows. While I will continue to admit that I don’t know every detail and every story line about every obscure comic book character, I do enjoy watching the colorful heroes come to life on the big and small screen. I grew up reading comics, watching cartoons and playing with the action figures and now enjoy talking and playing super heroes with my sons. I love that I can pass down my love of comic books and super heroes to them.

A new comic book movie has just been announced and it is one that there have been a lot of rumors about lately. Teased recently with some “leaked” test footage, Deadpool has been announced for February of 2016. An early version of the character was played by Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine Origins and Reynolds even voiced the test footage back in 2011.  (A much better fit for him, as opposed to the much-panned Green Lantern.)

The Mashable article here has the test footage. (Warning, it is a bit graphic, even for CGI test footage.) However, based on this and what we know of Deadpool’s sense of humor, this could be one that my boys may have to wait to see. That will depend on the trailer and ratings.

TV Everywhere

shutterstock_159865043UPDATE: National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild have been added to channels that offer tv everywhere programming. Visit their sites or to see what is available.

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 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
CMT Apple Google
CNBC Apple
CNN / HLN Apple Google
Comedy Central Apple Google
Deportes Telemundo Apple Google
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
NBC News
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
NBC Sports Apple Google
NFL Network/Redzone Apple Google
Nick / NickToons Apple Google
Nick Jr.
Oxygen Apple
Sprout Apple Google
Syfy Apple
TBS Apple Google
TCM Apple Google
Telemundo Apple Google
Tennis Channel Apple Google
TNT Apple Google
TruTV Apple Google
USA Apple Google
VH1 Apple Google

Demand It!


Normally we discuss the upcoming New Release movies on Armstrong On Demand. (The Fault in Our Stars and Godzilla are available this week from Armstrong On Demand.) However, I wanted to point out a great new Featured Collection; the works of Robin Williams.

After the recent passing of one of the worlds most gifted comedians and actors it is nice to go back and celebrate his works. Personally, I watched Aladdin right after the voice of the Genie had died and plan on digging out my Popeye DVD soon.

This full collections offers some of his greatest dramatic performances from Awakenings and Dead Poet Society to Good Will Hunting and What Dreams May Come. Share some family classics like Mrs. Doubtfire or Night at the Museum. Or watch one of his early classics Good Morning Vietnam. Enjoy these or many others that celebrate the life and works of Robin Williams.

To find the folder, tune to Armstrong On Demand on channel 1 or selecting the On Demand button on your remote. Follow the folder selections of Movies > Featured Collections (go to the second page) > Robin Williams.


New Apple Products

digitaldeviceAnother September is here and so is another Apple product announcement. You can set your watch by it. And actually next year, you can set your Apple Watch by it. Along with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple announced a new ‘smartwatch’ that works directly with your iPhone.

The jokes have already started and will surely continue for months. However, when Apple launched the iPad several years ago, the jokes were there too. However, iPads have become a standard in mobile technology. From hospitals to retail locations and even sporting events, you see these super useful and powerful tools being used to carryout daily functions.

Will the Apple Watch be as commonplace as the iPad in four or five years? Maybe not, but they will surely move past the jokes before you know it. Will you be getting an Apple Watch?

Farm Aid

concertalertTo call this just a Concert Alert, like the picture implies, would be a huge understatement. This is one of the biggest concert events every year.

AXS TV is broadcasting Farm Aid 2014 Music and Food Festival LIVE Saturday, September 13th at 7pm ET. The all-day music and food festival – now in it’s 29th year – has raised more than $45 million to help family farms thrive, while inspiring millions of people to take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture.

AXS TV is proud to be a part of Farm Aid for the first time as their exclusive broadcast partner! Don’t miss live performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds and more!

Demand It!


It’s here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I am not sure that much else has to be said.

Marvel has done a wonderful job at bringing all of the Avengers to life on the big screen, but has really excelled in making their individual story lines just as compelling as “the Avengers.” (Something that I hope DC is able to do as it builds is on screen Justice League universe.) [Read more...]