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.
“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.
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).
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Polar Express, The (2004)
Santa Clause 2, The (2002)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.