People from 45 states, 12 countries watch Beach Ball Classic stream

Beach Ball Classic Championship
A photo by Janet Morgan of My Horry News shows a Westchester, Calif., player shooting in the championship game. Westchester defeated Scott County, Ky., for the 2018 crown.

HTC and Beach Ball Classic officials are excited to announce the 2018 online viewing results for the annual Beach Ball Classic events in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

In addition to the fans in the stands at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, enthusiasts around the world in 12 countries and 45 states viewed some of the best high school basketball thanks to the connection HTC technology delivered for streaming video. 

There were over 32,800 visitors for viewing the games from all over the United States and numerous international locations as far away as Italy, Sweden, and Nigeria. 

All live video was available via the internet at www.htcconnect.com.  Fans could also view the games by visiting the Beach Ball Classic website at www.beachballclassic.com and clicking on the “Live Webcast” link.   Archived video is available at https://www.htcinc.net/beach-ball-classic/

“It was amazing to see the overwhelming response from fans not only in the United States, but also around the world that made the choice to view some of the best high school basketball online.  After 14 years of streaming the events, we are still thrilled to see that thousands of supporters continue to take advantage of this unique opportunity made possible by HTC,” said Chad Smith, Executive Committee Member and Technical Coordinator for the Beach Ball Classic. 

“We were very proud to be the local partner to make this connection a reality for basketball fans around the world for the 14th consecutive year,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “The statistics prove that the demand for online viewing is critical to families and followers that are unable to attend the tournament in person.

“Online viewership of the tournament has been fairly consistent every year.  The numbers for the 2018 Beach Ball Classic were no exception with our records indicating over 32,800 views this year for the tournament.” 

When the Beach Ball Classic, one of the most prestigious invitational high school basketball tournaments in the country, was eager to try new media for the tournament’s 25th anniversary 14 years ago, they knew who to contact for support.  

“As the leader in high school basketball tournaments, we were very excited about being one of the first and possibly the only holiday tournament to date to broadcast our games LIVE via the internet and television,” said Smith.  “It’s been a valuable recruiting tool for the Beach Ball Classic as it provides live coverage of the games to hometown fans  and family members that can’t make the trip to Myrtle Beach. 

“With up and coming NCAA and NBA players on just about every team, interest in each team’s home market is very high, so there is a built in audience for streaming video.  

“With the help of HTC, we have streamed hundreds of games live via the internet, and we feel like we are on the cutting edge of what is becoming the way we view sports.  This is an outstanding example of local partners making our event available worldwide.  Fans of each high school could watch their teams live via a broadband connection.”

For more information concerning the Beach Ball Classic for 2019, contact Chad Smith, Executive Committee Member and Technical Coordinator, at 843-241-5344 or visit www.beachballclassic.com

START TV comes to HTC Digital Cable

Start TV

THIS TV has changed to START TV on your HTC Digital Cable package.

START TV, which is on channel 90,  showcases strong and resourceful female leading characters in a lineup of contemporary and proven dramas. 

More information is available at www.starttv.com

Because this change occurred on January 1, it may take some time for your channel guide and listings to be updated. Thank you for your patience.

Here’s when you can watch your favorite Christmas TV shows and movies

Holiday Specials

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the TV specials are delightful.

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And since you’ve no place to go, watch a show, watch a show, watch a show.

The holidays are filled with heart-warming specials and movies from classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Wizard of Oz to newer instant-hits like Elf and Spongebob’s Christmas.

No matter your particular taste, HTC has put together this holiday watching guide. Here you will find everything from Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving and Christmas to Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.

We hope it adds to your holiday joy and helps you plan for all those must-see specials. After all, It’s a Wonderful Life … especially during the holidays.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

7 a.m. -Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (Freeform)

7:30 a.m. – Unaccompanied Minors (Freeform)

11 a.m. – Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Freeform)

12:35 p.m. – Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Freeform)

2:40 p.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

4:20 p.m. – Jingle All the Way 2 (Freeform)

6:25 p.m. – Ice Age: Continental Drift (Freeform)

8;30 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Freeform)

Midnight – Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (Freeform)

Wednesday, Dec. 12

7 a.m. – Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (Freeform)

11:30 a.m. – Jingle All the Way 2 (Freeform)

1:30 p.m. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

3 p.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

4:30 p.m. – Ice Age: Continental Drift (Freeform)

6:30 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Freeform)

9 p.m. – Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Freeform)

Midnight – Call Me Claus (Freeform)

Thursday, Dec. 13

7 a.m. -Call Me Claus (Freeform)

11 a.m. – No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Freeform)

1:05 p.m. – This Christmas (Freeform)

3:40 p.m. – Holiday in Handcuffs (Freeform)

5:45 p.m. – The Holiday (Freeform)

8:55 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

Midnight – Deck the Halls (Freeform)

Friday, Dec. 14

7 a.m. -The Family Stone (Freeform)

11 a.m. – Angels Sing (Freeform)

1:05 p.m. – The Mistle-tones (Freeform)

3:10 p.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

5:15 p.m. – Deck the Halls (Freeform)

7:20 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

8 p.m. – I Love Lucy vintage Christmas Classic (CBS)

9 p.m. – The Dick Van Dyke Show vintage Christmas (CBS)

9:25 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

11:30 p.m. – The Family Stone (Freeform)

Saturday, Dec. 15

7 a.m. -Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Freeform)

7:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

9 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

10:30 a.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

12:35 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

2:40 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story (Freeform)

4:40 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 (Freeform)

6:45 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 (Freeform)

9:15 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

11:55 p.m. – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (Freeform)

Sunday, Dec. 16

7 a.m. -A Belle for Christmas (Freeform)

9 a.m. – Jingle All the Way 2

11 a.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Freeform)

Noon – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story (Freeform)

2 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 2 (Freeform)

4:05 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 (Freeform)

6:35 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

7 p.m. – The Sound of Music (ABC)

9:15 p.m. – Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Freeform)

11:20 p.m. – A Miracle on Christmas Lake (Freeform Premiere)

Monday, Dec. 17

7 a.m. – Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (Freeform)

9 a.m. – Angels Sing (Freeform)

11 a.m. – Call Me Claus (Freeform)

1 p.m. – Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Freeform)

3:05 p.m. – Deck the Halls (Freeform)

5:10 p.m. – Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Freeform)

7:15 p.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

8:55 p.m. – Paddington (Freeform)

Midnight – Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Freeform)

Tuesday, Dec. 18

7 a.m. -The Little Drummer Boy (1968) (Freeform)

7:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Freeform)

8 a.m. – Call Me Claus (Freeform)

10 a.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

11:35 a.m. – Paddington (Freeform)

1:35 p.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

3:40 p.m. – The Truth About Christmas (Freeform)

5:45 p.m. – The Holiday (Freeform)

8:55 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

Midnight – 12 Dates of Christmas (Freeform)

Wednesday, Dec. 19

7 a.m. – Snow (Freeform)

9 a.m. – Snow 2: Brain Freeze (Freeform)

11 a.m. – The Family Stone (Freeform)

1 p.m. – Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic (Freeform)

2 p.m. – The Holiday (Freeform)

5:05 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

7:10 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

8 p.m. – Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (CW)

8 p.m. – Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (ABC)

8:30 p.m. – Shrek the Halls (ABC)

9:15 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles (Freeform)

11:55 p.m. – Life-Size (Freeform)

Thursday, Dec. 20

7 a.m. -Pop Up Santa Holiday Special (Freeform)

8:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

10 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

11:30 a.m. – Life-Size (Freeform)

1:30 p.m. – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (Freeform)

3:30 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

5:35 p.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Freeform)

6:40 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles (Freeform)

8 p.m. – A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)

9:20 p.m. – Ice Age: Continental Drift (Freeform)

11:25 p.m. – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (Freeform)

1:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Freeform)

Friday, Dec. 21

7 a.m. -Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

8:30 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

10 a.m. – The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (Freeform Premiere)

10:30 a.m. – Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (Freeform)

11 a.m. – Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Freeform)

11:30 a.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Freeform)

12:30 p.m. – Love the Coopers (Freeform)

3 p.m. – Ice Age: Continental Drift (Freeform)

5:05 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

7:10 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

8 p.m. – I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown! (ABC)

9:15 p.m. -Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

11:55 p.m. – No Sleep ‘Til Christmas (Freeform)

Saturday, Dec. 22

7 a.m. -A Miracle on Christmas Lake (Freeform)

9:40 a.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

11:50 a.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

1:55 p.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot (Freeform)

2:25 p.m. – Disney’s Prep & Landing (Freeform)

2:55 p.m. – Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (Freeform)

3:25 p.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

5:05 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

7:45 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

8 p.m. – CMA Country Christmas hosted by Reba McEntire (ABC)

9:50 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

11:55 p.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

Sunday, Dec. 23

7 a.m. -The Little Drummer Boy (1968) (Freeform)

7:30 a.m. – Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (Freeform)

9:40 a.m. – Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Freeform)

11:45 a.m. – Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot (Freeform)

12:15 p.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Freeform)

1:20 p.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

3 p.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

5:05 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

7:10 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

9:15 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

11:55 p.m. – Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve (Freeform)

Monday, Dec. 24

7:30 a.m. – Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (Freeform)

11 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

12:30 p.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

2:05 p.m. – Jingle All the Way 2 (Freeform)

4:10 p.m. – Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Freeform)

6:15 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Freeform)

8 p.m. (for 24 hours) – A Christmas Story (TBS)

8 p.m. – It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC)

8 p.m. – Beauty & The Beast (ABC)

8:55 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

Midnight – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

Tuesday, Christmas Day

7 a.m. -Disney’s Prep & Landing (Freeform)

7:30 a.m. – Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (Freeform)

8 a.m. – Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Freeform)

11 a.m. – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Freeform)

12:40 p.m. – Disney’s A Christmas Carol (Freeform)

2:40 p.m. – Christmas with the Kranks (Freeform)

4:45 p.m. – The Santa Clause (Freeform)

6:50 p.m. – The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (Freeform)

8:55 p.m. – Disney’s The Lion King (1994) (Freeform)

Midnight – Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (Freeform)

Thursday, Dec. 27

8 p.m. – Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC)

9 p.m. – Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC)

Also, beginning Nov. 26 and running through Christmas Day, AMC (46 and 846 for HD) will have a month of its “AMC Best Christmas Ever.”

The holiday programming will feature over 35 films and 18 specials, airing all day, every day. Although no specific time slots have been announced, here is a complete list of films and specials that will be shown during the event (Sorry, there’s no Walking Dead Christmas).

Holiday Films:

Elf (2003)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Polar Express, The (2004)

Santa Clause 2, The (2002)

Jingle All the Way (1996)

Prancer (1989)

Gremlins (1984)

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

All I Want For Christmas (1991)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Christmas in Connecticut (1992)

Christmas Story 2, A (2012)

Dennis the Menace Christmas, A (2007)

Nativity Story, The (2006)

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)

To Grandmother’s House We Go (1992)

White Christmas (1954)

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Sons of Mistletoe, The (2001)

Holiday to Remember, A (1995)

Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

One Magic Christmas (1985)

Christmas Star, The (1986)

Scoot & Kassie’s Christmas Adventure (2013)

12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue (2012)

Holiday Specials:

TV Premiere: Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You (2017)

Year Without a Santa Claus, The (1974)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979)

Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland (1976)

Jack Frost (1979)

Donkey’s Caroling Christmas-tacular (2011)

Merry Madagascar (2009)

Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, The (2005)

First Christmas, The (1975)

Leprechauns’ Christmas Gold, The (1981)

Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, The (1985)

Little Drummer Boy Book II, The (1976)

Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

Pinocchio’s Christmas (1980)

Nuttiest Nutcracker, The (1999)

Buster & Chauncey’s Silent Night (1998)

Family Favorite Films:

Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet 2 (2011)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Miracle (2004)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Joyful Noise (2012)

Last Holiday (2006)

 

 

 

HTC Employees Giving Blood, Giving Life for the American Red Cross

Red Cross Bus

Conway, SC –  HTC has always been committed to supporting the community it serves.  That’s why the company is celebrating a milestone year and commemorating the 20th Anniversary of blood drives for the American Red Cross. 

HTC is so pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives every quarter where employees are encouraged to donate in hopes of contributing to the critical need for eligible blood donations so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. 

On Wednesday, November 7, HTC employees generously gave 24 units, potentially saving as many as 72 lives because each unit has the power to save three lives.

HTC employees have donated more than 2,841 units of blood potentially saving over 8,500 lives since 1999. For more information about HTC community outreach programs, visit www.htcinc.net.

For more information about how you can participate in the quarterly blood drives held at HTC, please contact Lisa Martin, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8714.

Beware phishing attempt disguised as HTC email

Phishing email

The above email has been circulating to @sccoast.net users and is an attempt to gain your personal information.

HTC would never ask you to submit your personal information via email. Some signs that emails such as this are spam can include: the address (it’s not from HTC, but cableone.net), Armstrong e-mail (HTC does not partner with other cable companies), grammatical errors and a timed request.

If you ever suspect an email of being spam, do not open it. Check the sender address and, if necessary, call to see if an email was sent.

 

North Myrtle Beach hosts Marlboro County in Thursday night showdown

Marlboro County at North Myrtle Beach

HTC continues its live high school football action this week as North Myrtle Beach hosts Marlboro County in a Class AAAA, Region 6 matchup.

The Chiefs will look to finish the season strong after consecutive losses to top-ranked Hartsville and No. 3 Myrtle Beach.

Tune in live at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 1 on Channel 4, or at HTCInc.net.

Be wary of calls from the Social Security Administration

Scam Alert

Scammers are spoofing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) 1-800 customer service number to try to get personal information.

Here’s how it works: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he/she works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or they threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.)

According to the FTC, 1-800-772-1213 is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real. 

The FTC offers the following tips to combat this latest scam:

If you get one of these calls, Hang up!

 

The SSA will not threaten you. Real SSA employees will never threaten you to get personal information. They also won’t promise to increase your benefits in exchange for information. If they do, it’s a scam.

 

If you have any doubt, hang up and call SSA directly. If you dial the number, you know who you’re getting. If a call comes in from that number, you can’t be sure it’s really SSA calling.

 

If you get a spoofed call, report it. If someone calls, claiming to be from SSA and asking for information like your Social Security number, report it to SSA’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or https://oig.ssa.gov/report. You can also report these calls to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach to square off on Thursday

North Myrtle Beach at Myrtle Beach

Because of the threat of inclement weather, this week’s high school football game between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach has been moved to Thursday.

The Chiefs and Seahawks will square off at 7 p.m. at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

HTC will broadcast the game live on Channel 4 beginning at 6:45 p.m., and online at HTCConnect.com at the same time.

HTC helps members stay connected following Hurricane Florence

Horry County, South Carolina – Being part of the local community it’s served for over 65 years, HTC wants to continue to help its members stay connected following the impacts of Hurricane Florence. 

Thus, HTC will be glad to try and work with any business or residential customer being temporarily displaced by the storm itself or by the current river flooding and requiring their service to be briefly disconnected or relocated. Residential members may call 843-365-2154 and business members may call 843-365-2155 for more information.

Significant progress has been made restoring services that were interrupted at the height of the storm with several locations across the county relying on generators.  HTC crews are also making preparations all across the county in advance of anticipated rising water levels near rivers and low lying areas.  HTC encourages members and residents who live in flood prone areas to also take the appropriate precautions.

“HTC realizes the effects of Hurricane Florence on our members and neighbors have been extensive and this is one way HTC can let them know that we don’t just work here, we also live here,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. 

HTC will provide additional information and updates to all news media. 

Members of the media are asked to direct their questions to Nicole Hyman at 843-902-3838 to assist with communicating the most up-to-date information to the public. 

For more information, visit https://www.htcinc.net/severe-weather or contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8498 or 843-902-3838. 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 65 years of service to Horry and Georgetown Counties as a local communications leader.  HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network.

For additional information about HTC, call (843) 365-2154.

www.htcinc.net  |  Twitter: @HorryTelephone  |  Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HTCinc

Contact:  Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, 843-369-8498 or nicole.hyman@htcinc.net