Sunflower Cablevision subscribers will notice several changes in their service beginning today, including new stations and a new newscast.
Do not adjust your television set.
This is not a test. It's six new cable channels.
Sunflower Cablevision added six channels, three basic and three premium, today. Along with adding new channels, the cable company is opening The Cable Store, which will sell television and movie merchandise, and adding an additional live newscast on Channel 6.
Subscribers can find Animal Planet, with nature documentaries and animal shows, on channel 18. On channel 19, Home and Garden Television will show home improvement and gardening tips. E! Entertainment Television will have entertainment biographies, background and celebrity interviews on channel 60.
The new premium channels will be available by calling Sunflower. If you already subscribe to Showtime, you will automatically receive The Movie Channel on channel 41 for no additional charge. Starz and Encore, channels 53 and 54, will be available as a package.
Doug McGough, Sunflower's general manager, said that the new channels aren't replacing any other channels.
``We're taking a lot of slots that we weren't using,'' he said.
The additions were chosen by viewer requests and nationwide popularity, he said.
``In this presentation, there is something for everyone,'' he said. ``The whole package is designed that there is something for the whole family and the community.''
The six new channels are it for right now, McGough said.
``We are investigating launches of as many as 72 digital-format channels,'' McGough said. ``But no decision has been made about it.''
Along with adding new channels, Sunflower Cablevision will be opening The Cable Store at 721 Wakarusa today, with wild animals and free ice cream.
The grand opening celebration will be from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be wild animal demonstrations from Animal Planet at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; drawings for free cartoon portraits by Disney artist Ginger Parent; free ice cream from the E! Channel; and moonwalk rides for children. Prizes will be given away every 10 minutes.
Monday evening, Channel 6 will broadcast it first ``6News Nightside,'' a live news broadcast at 10 p.m. There has been a nightly rebroadcast of the 6 p.m. broadcast, but now viewers will get a live newscast with updated stories and late-breaking news, McGough said.
Sunflower Cablevision is owned by World Company, the parent company of the Journal-World.
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