Christmas Movie Museum

christmastreeOne of our regional systems is lucky enough to have an amazing Christmas movie museum right in it’s backyard. Castle Noel, in Medina, Ohio has some amazing memorabilia, big and small, from some of the most classic holiday movies ever made. Armstrong Local Programming’s Entertainment Pix visited the museum last year and shared some of the more memorable exhibits in their special.

With exhibits from A Christmas Story, Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf and more, visitors get to relive some of their favorite holiday cinema. (New this year, they added Cousin Eddie’s RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.) Many of these Christmas films are available in our Holiday Favorites folder right now. (Holiday Favorites>Holiday Classics)

Pairing the visit to Castle Noel in Medina with a visit to the house from A Christmas Story in Cleveland would make a wonderful holiday trip in north eastern Ohio this time of year. If you can’t make it, you can always enjoy the movies with Armstrong On Demand.

Best of Festivals Marathon 2014

Best_of_AXSTV-Festivals-403x403As we wrap up the third week of December, maybe… just maybe you are a bit tired of the Fa-La-La-La-La stuff right now. Don’t get me wrong, I like Christmas Carols just as much as the next guy, but we all need a break. We don’t want you to be burnt out for the big day. Join AXS TV this Sunday for a “Best Of” collection.

AXS TV Channel 185 brings you our greatest hits of 2014 with the Best of Festivals Marathon on Sunday, December 21 at 8pm with Premieres of Best of Stagecoach 2014 featuring Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line & more; Best of Jazz Fest 2014 featuring Santana, Robert Plant, Anders Osborne, Vampire Weekend & more; and Best of Farm Aid 2014 featuring Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Gary Clark Jr., John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and more!


Demand It!

DemandItBannerAnother big week for Armstrong On Demand, and just in time too. With family coming to visit over the next few weeks, its nice to have some go-to entertainment ready at a moment’s notice. No run to the rental kiosk needed. Plenty to choose from. However, your best bet for the kids will be the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Also available this week is Magic in the Moonlight, The Maze Runner, This is Where I Leave You, The Skeleton Twins and Men, Women and Children.


Video Game Movies?

shutterstock_445374I talk a lot about how I enjoy watching super heroes on the big screen and small screen. Marvel and DC have done a great job lately at making the movies and shows they allow to be made, actually good. Gotham has become a huge hit for FOX, The Flash has become a breakout hit for the CW, spinning off of Arrow. Both Marvel and DC studios seem to have new movie announcements every week.

But what about video game movies? Early movies like Super Mario Bros. (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Mortal Kombat (1995) and a few awful sequels were generally looked at as flops. More recently the Lara Croft films (2001, 2003) and the Resident Evil franchise (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2016) have been extremely successful. Other games like Double Dragon, Silent Hill and Max Payne have also had poor reviews through the years.

Two recent reports show that both Nintendo and SEGA are looking at bringing some of their most famous games to the big screen. As part of the Sony email hack, we have learned that Nintendo wants to bring their flagship characters back to the big screen, with Super Mario Brothers the movie. Due to this being revealed via confidential emails, this is still to be determined.

SEGA on the other hand, has announced they want to bring past video game franchises to theaters, including Crazy Taxi, Shinobi, Altered Beast and my personal favorite Streets of Rage.  With the advance in special effects and story telling, I am excited to see these kinds of movies. While it does seem that there are no original ideas any more, I can’t say that I mind seeing Adam, Axel and Blaze on the big screen.

TV Everywhere

shutterstock_159865043UPDATE: Nick Jr. is now available on the iPad. See link below.


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 40 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, ESPN, Cartoon Network, History, A&E, Hallmark 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
ABC (Watch ABC) Apple Google
ABC Family (Watch ABC Family) 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
Disney Channel (Watch Disney Channel) Apple Google
Disney Junior (Watch Disney Junior) Apple Google
Disney XD (Watch Disney XD) Apple Google
Encore (Encore Play) Apple Google
ESPN / ESPN2 / ESPN News / ESPN U (Watch ESPN) Apple Google
Fox Business News Apple Google
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Fox Sports (Fox Sports Go) Apple Google
FX, FXX, FXM (FX Now) Apple Google
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Golf Channel Apple Google
Hallmark 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. Apple
Oxygen Apple
Spike Apple
Sprout Apple Google
Starz (Starz Play) 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

Batteries Not Included

toysThe biggest Christmas morning issue my father had when I was growing up was making sure he had enough of the correct batteries for all of the electronic gadgets and games (and enough patience to deal with decals.) Today, the most pressing Christmas morning issue is making sure that everyone can get connected to the internet. With every game console, handheld game, smart TV, Blu-ray player, tablet or smartphone you have to be connected to the internet.

Armstrong doesn’t want you to be caught without a connection on Christmas morning. Zoom Share from Armstrong gets all the new gadgets in your house this holiday connected to the unsurpassed speed and reliability of Zoom Internet. An Armstrong technician can have you set up and ready well before the presents are unwrapped.

And don’t forget about those house guests. With holiday company coming and going make sure you’re not left without a connection for your friends and family either. Get Zoom Share from Armstrong today!

Demand It!


Here we go! One of the biggest surprises to come out this year, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits Armstrong On Demand this week. Marvel has proven that they know best how to bring their heroes to the big screen. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers have been big screen smash hits since they started appearing on screen. However, Marvel’s decision to release a relatively unknown team of comic characters in theaters confused some folks. Much like the trailer below shows no one knew of the legendary “Star-Lord,” many moviegoers were left saying “Who?” when Guardians was announced.

Proving to be a sleeper hit and showing everything Marvel touches turns to gold, I give you Guardians of the Galaxy. [Read more...]

Shop Safely Online This Year

shutterstock_160982561The holiday season generally brings good spirits and goodwill towards others. But there are still some Grinchs out there, so beware. An article from Forbes gives some helpful tips for shopping online this time of year.

Some simple tips include making sure you are using a secure site and watching for secure payment seals on the sites you do buy from. Some tips like using secure passwords and making sure your internet security software is up to date before you start shopping are good tips no matter what time of year it is.

They also offered some tips for shopping in-store. While the online shopping is more and more popular every year, there are still plenty of folks who choose “in-line” shopping at the malls and department stores. It is good to be safe either way you choose to shop this holiday season.

Click here for the full story from Forbes.

Holiday Headquarters

christmascookieThis is the critical two week period between the Thanksgiving recuperation and the weekend before Christmas. You are now done eating leftovers and catching up on the emails you missed while on holiday break. Your home has now become your Holiday Headquarters and it is time to kick your Christmas-prep into full gear.

Whether it is sending Christmas cards, baking holiday cookies or wrapping presents, you have a lot of work to do before that family visits and parties hit. Not to mention, the office and school parties that hit as well.

Whether you need a little inspiration to keep you going, or some down-time to just relax and remember the true meaning of this holiday season, Armstrong has you covered.

Need some cookie baking music to keep your spirits bright? Check out the 24/7 seasonal styling of Music Choice. Take your pick of Holiday Hits, Holiday Fiestas or Classic Holiday music. Soft Rock (719) offers Holiday Hits, for more modern holiday music. Romances (740) offers Holiday Fiestas, perfect for lively holiday parties. Sounds of the Season (741) offers Classic Holiday music we have come to love over the years like favorites from Andy Williams, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin.

If you need to sip some cocoa and recharge your Christmas batteries, check out our Holiday Favorites folder from Armstrong On Demand. With great holiday classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Elf and more, you will be re-filled with the holiday spirit before you even know it. We even have tons of Kids holiday movies, folders of free Hallmark, Lifetime and ABC Family Christmas movies, holiday baking and cooking shows from Food Network and more. The Charlie Brown Christmas Special is even available in the ABC Holiday Specials folder.

No matter how many different directions you get pulled this holiday season, slow down and enjoy a few moments at home with Armstrong.


Demand It!

DemandItBannerThis week on Armstrong On Demand we have three completely different films for your viewing pleasure. I won’t even attempt to try to tie them together somehow. Check out Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Cantinflas. Enjoy one, or all of them this week. [Read more...]