Family-Friendly Fall TV Shows That Teach a Lesson

It’s not always easy for families to land on a TV show that everyone can agree on. But luckily, the fall 2017 TV lineup is filled with programs for all-ages that will surprise and delight viewers. From touching sitcoms to fascinating docudramas, there’s plenty of high quality programming to choose from. The best part? These shows won’t make you feel guilty for spending time on the couch—instead, they’ll make you feel a little smarter, more compassionate and optimistic for the future!

Sitcoms Worth Your While

Hokey sitcoms with laugh tracks and cheap jokes are (thankfully) heading out the door and making room for a new breed of TV shows that feature compelling story lines and strong characters. Among many fantastic series, Modern Family and Speechless stand out from the crowd for their thoughtful, family-friendly content that inspires reflection.

  • Modern Family – Now on its ninth season, this “mockumentary” series follows patriarch Jay Pritchett and the families of his adult children. Known for its over-the-top characters and clever (and clean) sense of humor, the show’s format (similar to the Office), allows the characters to speak directly to their audience and explore the challenges and joys of raising a family in the present era. This five-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series returns Wednesday, Sept. 27 to ABC.
  • Speechless – Returning for its sophomore season, Speechless follows the DiMeo family and supermom Maya (Minnie Driver) as she strives to make the world a better place for her nonverbal son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy. This outstanding show is both hilarious and honest, and has earned praise for its high caliber acting, as well as raising awareness about families impacted by disabilities. Season two premiers Wednesday, Sept 21 on ABC.


Reality Shows That Redefine the Genre

Our favorite nonfiction series aren’t your typical reality shows that rely on foul language or staged drama for entertainment.

  • MythBusters – MythBusters is finally returning to TV, this time with new hosts and a new team to put scientific misconceptions and urban legends to the test. A great blend of humor, science and pure entertainment, this show will make you forget it’s actually educational. Catch the reboot on the Science Channel every Wednesday starting November 15.
  • Finding Your Roots – Sit down with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he helps celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson, Derek Jeter and Barbara Walters explore their ancestral roots and discover what’s hidden in their family trees. This show is great for prompting discussion with older kids on historical topics, and might even inspire you to take interest in your own family history. The series returns Wednesday, October 3 to PBS, with notable cameos from Sean Combs, Mia Farrow and LL Cool J.


Documentaries That Won’t Put You to Sleep

Forget the dated, boring documentaries you were forced to watch in school. These high-quality docs will keep you glued to your seat and teach you more about the world we live in.

  • Beyond A Year in Space – This documentary follows up on A Year in Space (2016), which captured a year-in-the-life of astronaut Scott Kelly as he worked onboard the International Space Station. The new sequel follows Kelly as he returns to Earth and participates in NASA’s Twin Study with his twin brother Mark, a fellow astronaut. Catch the highly anticipated premiere this November on PBS.
  • Honey Badger Grit – This documentary made for the Smithsonian Channel follows Grit, a fearless 18-month-old honey badger as he braves the harsh wilderness of Namibia for the first time on his own. See why honey badgers earn their reputation as one of the toughest, most resilient species in this captivating hour-long special that premieres Wednesday, August 9.


For Kids of All Ages

  • OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes – Cartoon Network’s latest original show, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes premiered early August and is already catching people’s attention. This zany, optimistic cartoon from the creators of Adventure Time and Steven Universe is superbly animated and filled with a talented cast of voice actors. Some of the jokes will go over the heads of younger audiences, but are sure to land with parents, making this one series that your kids will love and you’ll actually enjoy!
  • Odd Squad – this series packs in as much fun as it does educational content. As the characters work together to solve real-life, math-related mysteries, the audience is invited to join in and work through the problems as the show progresses. Catch a mix of new episodes and re-runs every day on PBS Kids.


Looking to add more educational or family-friendly programming to your watchlist? ImOn’s Channel Lineup brings quality networks like Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet straight to your TV. Go here to see a complete listing of featured channels.

The Age of Information = The Age of Cyber Crime

Hand writing differed words dealing with cybersecurity imageTrying to remember a time before the World Wide Web, personal computers, iPads, and smart phones is comparable to trying to imagine a time before there were cars and highways.  How did we ever get anything done?  The advantages of the information age allow humankind to access and share massive amounts of information, perform commerce, and interact across diverse populaces on a grander and more rapid way than ever imagined when that first Apple PC appeared the late 1970s.  However, as with all great and amazing human achievements and technology advances, new dangers and threats emerge that we must defend against.  One such threat are cyber criminals.  They lurk in the dark corners of the World Wide Web waiting to steal your personal and private information, obtain your username and passwords, access your bank account or credit cards, and to sabotage your personal computer and the network it is connected to each day.  Here are a couple things we all can do to defend against these cyber scoundrels.

Phishing anyone? 

One of the most common methods the cyber rat uses is called Phishing.  A person might receive an email from a seemingly trusted source directing them to click on a link or open an attachment.  So you click on the attachment or link. Suddenly a message appears saying, “Send $300 or all of your data will be destroyed.”

Another Phishing email might look like it is from a friend, someone a person has known for years.  The email might say, “Hey there, so nice seeing you last year.  Pictures from the concert are located in this Google Dropbox (The Phisher might provide an attachment instead). When the person clicks on the link or the attachment a virus is downloaded.

If it doesn’t feel right, check with the source via a phone call, or sending a separate email. Also, check out that email address.  What is the part of the address that appears behind the sender’s name?   Another thing you can do is hover the mouse over the hyperlink that is in the email, BUT don’t click on it.  The actual URL (Internet address) will appear.  If the email is supposedly from Amazon, but the URL shown says something else, delete the email.

How do they know so much about me?

Social media connects people with each other from different walks of life and interests.  The Phishers aren’t lazy. They do their homework. They follow social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.  They connect the dots from the information people post about themselves. Then the Phishers develop their story.

Security Awareness

Phishing is just one method that cyber criminals use to gain access to your personal and financial information.  If a person has a computer or a mobile device connected to the Internet, it will be probed. Having up-to-date protection on your PC and devices is important.  The use of strong passwords that are at least 8-12 characters and contain a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols is advised.  Changing these passwords every 4-6 months is also strongly advised.  Visiting our previous post “Creating Strong Passwords” to learn more tips on creating good password.
While these basic fundamental things will help prevent most hacking attacks, it ultimately is the user that personally invites the fox into the hen house. Be diligent. Be vigilant. Be aware.

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Here Comes ImOn!

ImOn-EmployeesWhether you are a first time customer just getting your ImOn service installed, or you’re a long time customer needing help with your service, sooner or later an ImOn technician will be visiting your home. All of our ImOn technicians are nationally certified and strive to provide the best service possible for our customers.  So here are a few things you can do before our technicians arrive to make sure your installation or service call is as stress-free as possible and also safe for our technicians.

  • Make sure someone 18 years or older is present during the duration of the installation or service call.
  • Be prepared to show the technician around your home or business wherever you may want an Internet device, TV, or phone activated. Even if it is currently wired, we will make sure the wiring meets today’s demands so you get the performance you expect. We will also program your TVs to ImOn channel lineup and take signal readings to make sure you receive all the channels you are paying for.

  • Clear a path for the technician to work. They may need access to where your utilities enter your home or garage. The technician will also need room to work around your computers, TVs, Ethernet jacks, and cable outlets.
  • Please have furniture moved at least three feet away from the work area. This will create a safe work environment and guarantee our technicians don’t accidentally damage or break something if we have to move it.
  • Clean personal belongings and pictures away from your TVs and computers. These things matter to you and we don’t want to accidentally damage them.
  • If you have any pets, please make sure they are secured while our technicians are in your home. The technicians will likely be going in and out of your home and possibly into the back yard. We would hate to accidentally let your pets out or have something happen to our technicians.
  • Please make sure all gates and fences are unlocked, as the technician may need access to the outside of your home.

  • Make sure all equipment you already have (wireless cards, modems, routers, cable cards) is available to the technician. Also know that all TVs and computers you want connected should be in your home at the time of installation or service.
  • Please make the technician aware of underground obstructions, attics or crawl spaces, invisible dog fence, utility lines, and anything that may pose a hazard to ImOn technicians.ImOn Employee working on equipment imageTo learn more about ImOn Communications and the services we provide, please visit

What is an IP Address?

Internet; blue background with flowing binary digits, internet address in browser search bar imageI’m sure you have probably heard the term “IP Address,” but unless you are in IT or a computer science major, you probably don’t know much about it or how it works.

IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address. It is a unique group of numbers that computers, tablets, and smartphones use to identify themselves and communicate with other devices on a network.

In layman’s terms, an IP address serves the same purpose for a computer as your street address serves for your house. Just like you would address a letter to send in the mail, computers use the IP address to send data to a specific computer on a network. Without a unique IP address, you would not be able to communicate with other devices, users, and computers on the Internet.

An IP address uses a set of 4 numbers, ranging from 0 to 255, separated by periods. An example would be Also, did you know that instead of a domain name for a website, like, you can enter the actual IP address into the website browser. But, since it would be hard to remember the unique set of numbers for each website you wanted to visit, your computer translates each website URL into the specific IP address for you.

Interested to find out what your computer’s IP address is?  It’s easy. Here are instructions from

Disadvantages of Cutting the Cord

Man holding several TV remotes5 Things You Miss When You Cut the Cord

Thinking about cutting the cord? Streaming services have come a long way in the past few years, but they still lag behind traditional cable when it comes to the things you want most in your TV watching experience. Apps like HBO GO (free when you subscribe to HBO through ImOn) make great supplements to your cable TV package, but can they replace your subscription altogether?

For die-hard TV fans and movie buffs, there’s no matching the sheer volume of current TV shows, new and classic movies, sports, and spontaneous live moments available on good old-fashioned cable TV. But we can think of five other great reasons why cable is still king:

  • A streamlined experience.

One of the best parts about cable TV is having access to hundreds of channels and programs from one convenient hub. There’s no going back and forth between apps and devices to find the show you want to watch (if it’s even available), or trying to remember your login as you sign in and out of different apps.

  • No worrying about spoilers.

Why wait weeks, months, or even longer for your favorite shows to become available to stream? Watch your favorite shows live with the rest of the world and avoid the dreaded “spoiler alert.”

  • A local connection.

There’s a lot we take for granted when it comes to local news stations: getting up-to-the-minute weather coverage, severe weather alerts, breaking local news, school and business closures—even jingles from your favorite mom & pop shops. Local news channels like KCRG, KWWL, and KGAN come standard with every ImOn cable TV package, meaning you never miss out on updates that affect your community.

  • Live sports.

All of the year’s most important games are on live TV and Pay Per View—replays and recaps just aren’t the same!

  • Channel surfing.

There are times when you just don’t know what to watch—so you roll the dice and flip through the channels to see if something catches your eye. Looking at a list of available titles can be helpful, but sometimes you don’t know what you want to watch until you land on the channel and give it a chance.

Technology gets better by the day—and so does the cable experience. With a DVR, you can pause and record live programming, skip over commercials, and keep track of when your favorite shows will air. And with ImOn Watch TV Everywhere, you can tune into your favorite channels—even when you’re far from your cable box.

What’s not to love?

 Save on Internet, cable TV, and phone service when you bundle through ImOn! Check out these limited time offers that come with ImOn’s 2-year price guarantee, and see why ImOn has been named “Best Local Internet Service Provider” six times by the Corridor Business Journal.

Summer Safety Tips for Kids

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It’s that time of year, again – stores have replaced backpacks and notebooks with pool noodles and sunscreen. With all of the excitement of the end of another school year and the beginning of summer break, there also comes some safety concerns with kids staying home alone over the summer. ImOn wants to relieve some of your stress with these summer safety tips from The National Safety Council:

  1. Stay in touch: Call or text children throughout the day to ask how they are and what they are doing. Also, ask your child to check in before they leave the house and again when they return. You may also want to ask a neighbor or family member to stop by and check in on them during the day. .
  2. Keep kids connected: Post important contact phone numbers where kids can see them. Include 911, parent’s work and cell phones, doctor’s offices, and nearby neighbors or relatives. You may also want to write your home address and phone number on the list, to make sure they don’t forget them in a moment of panic.
  3. Set firm rules: Make it clear what children are allowed to do and not to do when home alone. Can they have friends over? Can they use the stove? Can they leave the house? You may also want to have guidelines on TV and computer time usage too.
  4. Practice an emergency plan: Teach children how to dial 911 and when is it appropriate to do it. Practice with children what they should do in case of fire, injury, or other emergencies. Also, ask questions like “What should you do if someone is trying to get into the house?” or “If you get hurt, what should you do?” Make sure they also know what to do in case of severe weather. This includes what county you live in, the difference between a weather watch and warning, and where to seek shelter.
  5. Childproof your home: Remove or safely store in locked areas dangerous items like guns, knives, power tools, razor blades, ammunition, alcohol, prescription medicines, and other objects that can cause injury.

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Keeping all of these tips in mind, you may consider utilizing ImOn HomeSecure™, your local home security and automation solution. With ImOn HomeSecure™ you are always connected with your kids! Your system can be set up to send you text and email alerts every time the garage door or front door opens. Or the wireless cameras can send you live video of activity in and around your house. You can also eliminate the worry of your kids getting locked out of the house with an automatic deadbolt lock. ImOn HomeSecure will help to give you peace of mind when you are not there. Visit to learn more about securing your home today!

Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching?

5 Ways to Take Control Over the TV Set
Have you ever scrolled through your TV guide and marveled at how many channels
were available? At any given moment, you can turn on the TV and watch truckers make their way through icy highways, meerkats scavenging for their next meal, or even tattoo artists inking their next creation.

The golden age of TV means there’s something for everyone on TV at all times—but the sheer variety of programming can feel overwhelming to parents who don’t have the time to pre-screen all the content their kids are watching.

Thankfully you can use the same technology that gives you so much variety to filter out what you don’t want your kids to see. But besides a few handy tech-based solutions, there are still tried and true ways to keep inappropriate content off the screen.

Here are our favorite old and new ways to take control of what your kids are watching:

  1. Know What Ratings Really Mean
    When you’re watching TV as a family, TV industry ratings can alert you when you’re about to watch something geared towards adults. Getting to know what the ratings mean will help you determine when it’s time to change the channel.Chances are you’ve already seen the little yellow box on the left-hand side of the screen pop up when your favorite show airs. It will say something like “TVY” or “TVMA.” But do you know what all the abbreviations stand for? Read our blog on TV ratings to crack the code.


  1. Use Your TV’s Built-In V-Chip
    Since 2000, all TV sets larger than 13” come with a built-in V-Chip that helps you automatically filter age-inappropriate content. The V-Chip uses the same industry ratings we talked about above to block content. This can come in handy when the kids are watching TV when you’re not around.To enable the V-Chip on your set, go to your TV’s on-screen menu. For many TV sets, you can find V-Chip options in the “setup” portion of the menu, however, this varies from set to set. Other times you can find it under “V-Chip,” “block” or “parental controls.” Consult your TV owner’s manual for more detailed instructions.


  1. Block Content Through Your Cable Box
    ImOn’s set-top cable box gives you even more options to block content than your TV’s V-Chip settings. These controls are password protected so you can still access blocked programming when the kids aren’t around—and so your kids can’t change the settings without your permission.Using your ImOn cable box, you can:
  • Block all content by channel
  • Block all programming based on the time of day
  • Block content by industry ratings
  • Hide programming details like titles that contain adult themes

Learn how to set parental controls here.

  1. Limit Access to Screens
    From our phones to computers to TVs, our houses are full of screens. By limiting where and when your child can access screens, you can maintain tighter control on what they’re watching.Start by keeping computers and TV sets out of the bedroom—and all portable devices out after bedtime—to prevent them from accessing inappropriate content late at night when you’re sleeping. As a bonus, studies have shown there are other noteworthy benefits to keeping screens out of the bedroom.
  1. Watch With Your Kidsfamily-watching-tv
    The best way to know what your kids are watching is to not only watch with them, but have a conversation about what you’re seeing. This not only helps you bond with your kids and learn about their interests, it gives you the opportunity to discuss inappropriate content if and when it comes up.Having a conversation about a controversial story on the news or a steamy romance scene can feel awkward and intimidating. But don’t pass up opportunities to engage with your kids. Check out these tips for having a productive (and hopefully not-too-painful) talk.

Do you monitor your children’s TV watching habits? We want to know what you think! Tell us your tips and tricks for setting boundaries, blocking programs, and discussing content with your kids in the comments below.

The Difference Between Digital and Analog Cable TV Channels

Evolution of television: Flat screen TV next to old tube TV with rabbit ears

When the first television broadcasts hit the airwaves in the 1920’s, television shows were transmitted using an analog signal.  But in 1996, a new technology was invented that would change the way TV signals were transmitted through the air, with a digital signal. Today, the FCC requires all TVs to contain a digital tuner and for most TV stations to broadcast their channels in digital format.

So what is the big difference between Analog and Digital transmission? Here are a few interesting facts we found on,, and

The big difference between Analog and Digital is how the signal is transmitted from the source to the TV in your home. Analog TV’s transmit audio and video signals over the airwaves in a manner similar to a radio signal. Each station has a single frequency over which to broadcast its analog television signal. You know these frequencies as channel numbers on your TV. Like radio signals, an analog TV signal can experience interference with their frequencies. This can cause static, snow, or ghosting on a channel. It can also cause fluctuations in color, brightness, and sound quality. And like a radio signals, analog transmission declines the further away you are from the source.

Satellite dish transmission dataA Digital TV signal, on the other hand, transmits in “packets” of compressed data. The data uses a combination of 1’s and 0’s, similar to your computer, DVD player, and Internet. Because it uses this code, digital signals do not experience the same interference, or signal loss, that analog TV signals do. That means you enjoy a consistently clear picture, high-quality audio, and no static or snow.

A Digital TV signal is also a more efficient technology. A digital transmission requires less bandwidth when compared to a similar Analog signal. In fact, according to, four or more digital channels use the same bandwidth as a single analog channel. This allows a television station to broadcast more channels and more HD channels over the same airwaves, giving you more variety of programming with better quality.

Another difference between Digital and Analog is the ability for digital signals to broadcast programming in a true HD widescreen (16:9) format. This allows you to experience movie quality programming at home. Analog signals on the other hand are transmitted in 4:3 aspect ratio. Meaning the picture is 4 units wide for every 3 units of height.  So on a HDTV, you will see black bars on the sides of your TV picture when analog programming is broadcast.

Unfortunately, digital TV transmissions cannot be received by older analog TVs. To receive digital TV signals, you must have a newer TV with a digital tuner built-in it or a digital-to-analog converter box.  The set-top converter box will automatically convert the digital signal into something your older TV can display.

What to Watch Next?

The cheerful girl eats popcorn and changes channels of the TV lying in a bed
While June signals the end of another school year, it also brings the season finales of many of our favorite TV shows. But just because our favorite shows will be on hiatus for a few months, doesn’t mean you have to give up TV for good this summer. Here are a few websites and apps to help you find something new to watch.
JustWatch is a search engine designed to help you find which streaming provider you can legally watch your favorite movies & TV Shows.  You can also search by title, genre, and release date to find something new you may like.

IMDB, short for Internet Movie Data Base, is basically Wikipedia for everything film and television related. You may already be using IMDB to find out who plays the lead in your favorite show, or who directed a new movie you want to see, but the database can be very helpful when you’re looking for something new to watch. It offers a searchable database of more than 185 million movies, TV shows, entertainment programs, and reviews. There are many different avenues you can use to find recommendations on this site. Enter the name of your favorite actor and instantly see all the movies and TV shows they’ve made. Try one you haven’t seen and take advantage of IMDB’s user-based ratings system to help steer you towards the best options.
Jinni puts some serious science into finding movie and TV shows you might like. It can import ratings and likes from Facebook, the IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Flixter. It also manually tweaks your tastes and likes.  The search engine looks more at the features of content you already like rather than just the simple tags, actor, and genre.
Find shows based on what you are already watching. This free “recommendation engine” is surprisingly easy to use. Simply type in the name of a TV show or movie you like, and will generate a list of similar programs you might like. Plus, each results page does offer details about each recommended show to help you make a more informed choice. Want more personalized results? Give the suggested show a thumbs up or down and will tailor search results to your liking. For the same format for movie recommendations, try Movievisor.
Yidio, which is short for “Your Internet video”, is an online video guide that allows you to easily search and discover over 1million TV shows and movies across hundreds of premium free and paid content services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. You can get personalized recommendations and notifications based on TV shows and movies you like to watch.  And, once you find what you’re looking for, just tap play to start watching on your iPad, iPhone or TV (via Airplay or Chromecast).
GoWatchIt is a comprehensive guide to finding movies and TV shows on various platforms (In theatres, on TV, on streaming sites, or on Blue-Ray/DVD). You can search, bookmark favorites, and even receive alert notifications when your favorites become available.

Fan.TV Website & App
Fan.TV lets you browse over one million movies and TV Shows and find where to watch them, either on live TV or over 50 premium streaming services.  When you search for a specific show, it gives you show details, cast bios, and a list of similar shows you may like. You can also add movies and TV shows to your watchlist and Fan.TV will keep track of when and where you can watch them. – See how the latest shows stack up against each other with the help from this review aggregator. Metacritic is arguably the Internet’s most reliable source for tracking professional reviews on TV, movies, music, games and more. If you’re curious what critics think about a new show, Metacritic combines the individual reviews and averages them out to produce a Metacritic score from 0-100. Metacritic is also a great way to search for new content. It can help you find that next binge-worthy series, or keep you from wasting your time on a flop. You can browse by the top-rated shows, or see a list of the newest shows ranked in order of their Metacritic score.

Take the Show on the Road with ImOn TV Everywhere

two girls using tablet in the car
Ever miss your favorite show because you couldn’t make it home in time? Nothing’s worse than seeing spoilers on Facebook before you get the chance to catch up. Thankfully, ImOn Communications has the perfect solution: TV Everywhere. But what exactly is TV Everywhere? Here’s how it works:

What is TV Everywhere?
TV Everywhere lets you watch your favorite TV programming whenever you can’t connect to your cable box. Watch live and on-demand footage from anywhere inside your house, or anywhere outside with a stable Internet connection. Get hooked on a new series on your next road trip. Catch the big game while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office. Or even watch a movie outside on the porch.

How is TV Everywhere different from streaming apps?
Unlike streaming apps such as Netflix, TV Everywhere lets you tune into live TV broadcasts—including live sports events—so you never miss out on the action. It also lets you enjoy on-demand programming from shows within days of their on-screen premiere, meaning you don’t have to wait for the full season to air in order to catch up on your favorite series.

How do I access TV Everywhere programming?
TV Everywhere gives you free access to programming from dozens of networks that you subscribe to through your ImOn cable TV package. Simply create a TV Everywhere account and then login to the TV Everywhere site. From here you can select the network and show you want to watch. You can watch live feeds or select pre-recorded programming that you can start, pause and finish at the best time for you.

In order to use TV Everywhere, you will need three things:

  1. An ImOn TV Everywhere Account
  2. A solid Internet connection
  3. An Internet-connected device like a laptop, smart phone or tablet.

    ImOn TV Everywhere channels

What movies/shows can I watch on TV Everywhere?
With TV Everywhere, you get access to programming offered through channels covered in your ImOn Cable TV subscription. The programming and types of programming will vary based on the network, as each channel determines the content for the TV Everywhere platform. Not every channel participates in ImOn TV Everywhere. However, ImOn is constantly adding new networks to the lineup, and currently offer more than 70 channels through TV Everywhere, including NBC, Disney and ESPN. View the current list of channels here.

How much does it cost?
TV Everywhere is 100% free with your ImOn cable TV subscription! Keep in mind that watching TV Everywhere outside the home on a mobile device may count against your mobile data plan. We recommend checking the terms of your plan before you start using TV Everywhere on a mobile device, as streaming may cause you to exceed your data plan.

Need help getting started? Visit our how-to page for a step-by-step guide.