Coronavirus concerns prompt cancellation of HTC Green Fair

Green Fair

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

HTC will celebrate National Earth Day by hosting the 11th Annual Green Fair on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the HTC store in Conway on Highway 501 across from HGTC and will be filled with giveaways, music, and opportunities for community members to recycle old items.

Sustainability and education about the importance of conservation and recycling will be the focus of the event. Community members are welcome to attend free of charge and take part in a variety of festivities, including:

  • Sign up for paperless billing,
  • Drop off old telephone directories and cell phones for recycling,
  • Drop off e-waste, any kind of used electronic devices including batteries for recycling,
  • Drop off sensitive documents for FREE onsite shredding by Shred-it, and
  • Visit booths set up by local environmentally responsible organizations to learn about green initiatives.

 

Green Fair guests will also have an opportunity to demo TV MAX, the all-new streaming tv service, enter to win one of several Amazon FireTV Sticks from HTC, enjoy music, hotdogs and refreshments, and take home a few free gifts. Local mascots will make an appearance and HTC will offer product specials, including 20% off wireless accessories.

“Sustainability is a top priority at HTC, and the Green Fair is a way to introduce simple ways to recycle and positively impact our environment,” said Tom Vitt, director of marketing communication. “When the communities we serve are able to come together for fun and learn how conservation plays a vital role in minimizing our eco-footprint, it’s a win for everyone.”

If you are unable to attend the Green Fair, HTC encourages everyone to please be responsible and recycle directories and other items at the nearest Horry County Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center location.  A list of recycling centers is provided in the preliminary pages of the HTC Directory or online at www.solidwasteauthority.org.

HTC to unveil TV streaming product

If you’re ready to maximize your television viewing experience, HTC TV MAX is the streaming service you need. HTC is excited to unveil what will soon be the newest service added to the HTC product lineup, and it comes with a few great benefits to our members.

HTC TV MAX is in its testing phase, and will be available in the coming months. The new service will feature a streaming platform that has the potential to save members money on their monthly bill. The streaming service doesn’t require an HD box, so you’ll be able to eliminate that hardware and the associated cost.

In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite channels in high-definition. More than 120 channels will be presented in the highest quality, enhancing your late-night or weekend binging experience. Use play back and DVR to catch the shows you miss, and access programming from your phone, tablet or laptop.

HTC TV MAX will mirror the digital cable subscription, offering your local channels and all the live programming you enjoy. The guide is consolidated and easy to navigate. Scroll through available channels or use voice control to search for the programming you desire. It’s the best of both worlds, combining a modern streaming experience with the traditional easy-to-use functionality of cable TV.

Visit our HTC TV MAX page to learn more to be one of the first to try the new feature. It’s time to take it to the MAX.

Who will survive March Madness?

March madnessTo the college basketball fanatic, no greater words are spoken each March than “Selection Sunday.” March Madness begins the same way each year, and Selection Sunday 2020 falls on March 15. The NCAA selection show is slated for 6 p.m. on TBS (HTC Digital Plus 47 and HD 847).

While the 32 Division I conference tournament winners are recognized as automatic qualifiers and each receive a bid to the NCAA tourney, the remaining 36 slots are by invitation only. The selection committee, a 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee, is comprised of school and conference administrators who are nominated by their conference. These 10 people use a variety of stats and ranking to decide who receives an invitation.

Once the 68 teams are finalized, the madness begins. The selection committee ranks the teams 1 through 68. Four of the teams are eliminated in the first round of play, leaving 64 teams to be divided into four regions of 16 teams each. From there, each #1 seed plays the #16 seed in their region, presumably making the opening matchup easiest for the #1 ranked teams.

Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. We’ll post the full schedule here when it is available, but until then, use the HTC channel lineup guide to determine which channels you’ll need to familiarize yourself with so you don’t miss a minute of March Madness.

Never miss a game with MLB Extra Innings

MLB logo

MLB Extra Innings is your inside scoop to out-of-market baseball coverage on top of your local coverage. HTC offers access to this exclusive look inside all out-of-market games, offering up to 100 games a week from across the country. You’ll experience play from both leagues and every division.

If you’re following a fantasy team or have a hometown favorite club, MLB Extra Innings is your way of following all the action. This digital subscription programming package also includes access to MLB.TV, allowing you to stream from your laptop, smartphone and tablet.  

To access the MLB.TV service, MLB Extra Innings members will need to have an HTC TV Everywhere username and password and will also need to create a user account at www.MLB.com. If you want to check out MLB Extra Innings before committing to a subscription, explore one of the free preview periods, available March 28 – April 4 and July 12 – July 18.

If you like what you see, grab the package. MLB Extra Innings doesn’t allow purchase of individual games, but you can choose to have the Regular Season, Half Season or Pennant Race Package. Below is the MLB Extra Innings 2020 season rates and package dates. To subscribe, call the HTC customer care team at 843-369-6660.

 

Dates are subject to change based on revisions made to the season by MLB regarding the Coronavirus.

Sun spots can cause cable outages

Did you know it’s possible for the sun to cause your cable TV and internet signal to fade or briefly disconnect? Sun spots, or a sun outage, occur during two distinct times of the year: late February into early March and late September into early October. The service disruption can be difficult to understand, especially when you look outside and the sky is clear, so we’ve created a simplified explainer to help you understand these unique (but predictable) solar interruptions.

As our planet travels around the sun, the temperatures rise for regions tilted more directly at the sun and cool in areas tilted away from the sun. But, during two distinct periods, known as the March equinox and September equinox, no part of the Earth is titled toward or away from the sun. When there’s no tilt, the Earth’s equator is directly beneath the sun.

The satellites that provide the signal that give you cable television and satellite internet orbit the equator. During the equinox periods, the sun, satellites that provide your cable and internet services, and the earth all align. Frequency from the sun disrupts the frequency created by the satellites, causing a disruption to your telecommunication services.

These interruptions typically last no longer than 10 minutes each day over a 7 to 8-day period, and may be so minimal you don’t even notice a disruption. The problem isn’t unique to HTC members. The minor disturbances are an industry wide issue, and one that can’t be avoided due to this naturally occurring phenomenon.

North Myrtle Beach 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

One of the largest events along the Grand Strand will bring a lot of green to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach on March 14, 2020. The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will kick off at 9 a.m. The parade launches the day-long event, followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Main Street will host approximately 150 vendors displaying their crafts, services, information, products, or a variety of treats. The rain-or-shine event brings roughly 40,000 people to celebrate the Irish holiday.

The North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation website is home to your St. Patrick’s Day guide. Whether you need information on where to park, road closures, or want to view a map of the parade route, this website has you covered.

Myrtle Beach Food Truck 2020 Lineup

When’s the last time you had the option to enjoy soul food, an acai bowl, Venezuelan food, donuts, and more all in one place? The Myrtle Beach Food Truck 2020 event offers all that and more. The 3-day event will feature more than 50 food trucks and live music each day.

The Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival website lists the details for the food and entertainment lineup. Foodies and fun-seekers can head to the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th Avenues North on April 3-5, 2020. The food and fun will run Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The event is free to attend, with each truck listing individual menu prices.

Artisan, business, and merchandise vendors will also be on hand. Grab a plate of your favorite food, top it off with a unique dessert and stroll through the vendor tents while enjoying the love music. The city’s website fills you in on which musicians play each day and family-friendly activities that will take place.

Show the love this Valentine’s Day with a free phone

Looking for the perfect gift to say “I Love You” that won’t break the bank?

How about a free smartphone with a new line of service from HTC?

For a limited time, you can get one of the latest smartphones on the house when you add a line of service and an AT&T Unlimited plan to your AT&T Wireless account.

Also, you can add protection to your devices through March 31. AT&T Open Enrollment allows customers to enroll eligible, non-damaged devices in AT&T’s device protection plan, which can save big bucks when an accident happens.

Visit one of our HTC Retail Locations today to inquire or sign up. AT&T Open Enrollment ends March 31.