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Comcast, AT&T U-Verse rates to increase

CHAMPAIGN — Area Comcast customers can expect a boost in their monthly bills beginning Jan. 18, and subscribers to some AT&T U-Verse services will see rates go up Feb. 1.

Comcast customers with expanded basic service (channels 2 to 69, plus additional three-digit channels) will see rates rise from $48.09 to $50.76 a month, an increase of 5.6 percent.


UI alum to appear on TV game show

Bhibha Das.

Which "Jeopardy!" contestant's name rhymes with "diva"? according to Alex Trebek's notecard.

University of Illinois alumna Das — also Mount Zion class of 1998 valedictorian — met Trebek as a contestant a few months ago.

She will appear on the show this afternoon but was not allowed by the rules of the game to say any more about later appearances.


Same name, different lives?

DANVILLE — Reggie Bush plans to spend some of Sunday evening pacing — at least the part from 8 to 9 p.m. Central Time, when his segment of "Same Name" airs on CBS.


UI's new halftime commercials tout graduates

The Wall Street Journal didn't exactly say employers would be "blown away" if they hire University of Illinois graduates — but this is television, after all.

The latest UI halftime commercials wrapped up filming on campus Wednesday, and strong breezes and windswept hair were the order of the day.


WICD to share weekend newscasts with WICS

CHAMPAIGN – Weekend newscasts on WICD-TV in Champaign will originate from Springfield, beginning March 26.

WICD and its sister station, WICS in Springfield, will begin sharing weekend newscasts that day, said Tim Mathis, general manager of the two stations.


WICD to launch music video subchannel this year

CHAMPAIGN – Look for WICD-TV to launch a new digital subchannel featuring music videos later this year.

Tim Mathis, general manager of WICD in Champaign and WICS in Springfield, said the new digital station, Channel 15.2, will air programming provided by TheCoolTV network.

That network plays an "eclectic" mix of music videos, Mathis said.


Comcast channel moves take effect

CHAMPAIGN – Some subscribers to Comcast's "standard" cable service lost access to several channels Tuesday as a result of not having digital set-top boxes and digital adapters.


Mediacom rates to increase in December

RANTOUL – Mediacom customers can expect to see rate increases in their December cable bills.

Monthly rates for basic service will rise by $2, while rates for family service will go up $3, said Phyllis Peters, the company's communications director.


Urbana to weigh 10-year franchise deal with Comcast

URBANA – Council members next week are scheduled to discuss a 10-year cable franchise agreement with Comcast that renews the cable company's right to use city property for its infrastructure.

The Urbana City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.


Defunct Champaign TV station may go to new owners

CHAMPAIGN – A defunct Champaign TV station may be getting new owners.

The operator of Trinity Broadcasting Network hopes to transfer its low-power station in Champaign to a Washington-based group that works to expand opportunities for minorities and women.