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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.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from our families to yours

Merry Christmas

We at HTC encourage you to slow down for a moment and cherish everything that truly makes your season bright.

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we hope yours is filled with your closest friends and family for festive fellowship.

If you procrastinated on the presents, don’t fret. You can get all the latest tech gear, tablets and smartphones at any of the HTC retail locations.

As the holidays approach, the hours at those locations will be adjusted so our employees can enjoy their family time as well.  Those adjustments will be as follows:

  • On Monday, Dec. 24, retail offices and the residential contact center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, all retail offices and the residential contact center will be closed all day.

From everyone at HTC, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Get social with HTC for some great holiday prize giveaways

Facebook logoThere’s still time to take part in the annual HTC Gift-away, taking place now through Dec. 14.

Just check our Facebook page weekdays for a chance to play and win. There’s no purchase necessary, and you might have some fun.

The gift-away will culminate with the prize of a 49-inch TV on Dec. 14, so don’t miss out.

It’s the most, wonderful time of the year on HTC Digital Cable

Holiday Movie classics

Santa, reindeer, elves, snowmen and other Christmas characters are the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

HTC Digital Cable has you covered, from toons to tissues.

Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas (Channel 5 or 805 for HD) is running 24-hour holiday specials through Dec. 25, and has been joined this year by AMC’s Best Christmas Ever (Channel 46 or 846). Of course, Hallmark Channel (Ch. 78 or 878) has its Countdown to Christmas, featuring new original films as well.

Also running Christmas-themed programming are It’s a Wonderful Lifetime (Ch. 23 and 823) and Bring Home the Holidays on Ion (Ch. 39 and 839).

Click here to see just part of the massive list of holiday specials put together by HTC. You can also check out our What to Watch page for a daily TV guide, as well as what’s playing On Demand.

And, of course, the sounds of the season are brought to your living room courtesy of Music Choice. Tune in to channel 941 for round-the-clock carols and crooners like Bing Crosby, Amy Grant and more.

It’s the perfect background for a holiday soiree or time spent decorating a gingerbread house with the kids.

You will be bouncing off the walls with Beach Ball Classic action

Beach Ball Classic

For more than a decade, HTC has brought you live broadcasts of one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the country: the Beach Ball Classic.

That tradition will continue this year, as we will offer live streams of the games, featuring some of the most coveted high school players coast-to-coast.

This year’s Classic features teams from New York, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and California.

The action gets under way for the boys at 3:30 p.m. the day after Christmas with four games involving some of the top teams. For a full schedule, CLICK HERE.

Enjoy the action  with HTC on our Beach Ball Classic page.

Jump into 2019 with fun for the whole family

Rockin Jump Myrtle Beach

Give the gift of fitness disguised as safe, clean fun and take the whole crew to Rockin’ Jump. 

And, when you buy Rockin’ Jump Gift Cards this holiday season, bonus $$$ are added to each purchase up to $35 FREE! 

This past summer, new skill challenges were added to one of seven of the park’s most popular attractions, the Ninja Challenge Course. These include a new Stunt Bag, Hanging Doors and Hand Hops plus the height requirement was removed so everyone can try it out.

Click here today for more park information and to purchase gift cards, and head to the HTC Facebook page for your chance to win tickets!