Palmerton chamber members told about new BRC services
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Joe Lorah, corporate director of marketing and customer service, Blue Ridge Communications, describes some of the new developments in telecommunications with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce.
Anyone in the mood for over 100 new movie titles?
How about three new channels?
Care to watch the 2010 Olympic Games online?
Those are just some of the new developments in telecommunications customers will be afforded through Blue Ridge Communications.
Joe Lorah, corporate director of marketing and customer service, described the new services with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce last week.
Lorah said Digital Cable On Demand allows viewers to watch over 5,000 hours of content, including movies, TV shows, music videos and more, and he added that 75 percent of the On Demand programs are free.
As of Nov. 17, Lorah said over 100 additional movie titles will be available under a special category under On Demand as part of a deal with MGM Studios.
He said BRC has launched three new channels - NFL Red Zone, Channel 644; two mosaic channels, Kids Zone, Channel 251; and the News Zone, Channel 250; - whereby eight channels can be viewed at once.
In addition, Lorah said enhanced voice mail is expected by next year, whereby employees will be able to listen to their voice mail online from their own computers.
He also noted Commercial Phone was launched in April, which allows for unlimited local and long distance phone service to local businesses.
Lorah also encouraged customers to visit mybrctv.com to view local news, video clips, ESPN 360, music stations, music player, and free games online.
This year's Olympic Games in February can even be watched online, and personal monitoring and alarm monitoring services are available as well, Lorah said.
He said personal monitoring packages are available for $19.95, while alarm monitoring packages cost $24.95.
Personal monitoring allows customers to view events, customize and control over the Web; view events and control from their cell phone; unlimited e-mail and text messages to keep in touch with their homes; unlimited weather forecasting and severe weather alerts; unlimited home reminders for text messaging to their homes; basic camera service to record videos or photos of alarms; and home connect for a second home or vacation home access.
Alarm monitoring allows customers police dispatch, fire dispatch, and medical dispatch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as a homeowners' insurance discount up to 20 percent.
"We want to make your lives easier," Lorah said. "We want to bring our customers the newest and latest technology."
Peter Kern, chamber president, said the community appreciates the services Blue Ridge Communications provides to its customers.
"We're very fortunate to have this type of capability within the community," Kern said. "We're very proud of our relationship with Pencor and Blue Ridge Communications."
Blue Ridge Communications is a regional cable television, Internet and VoIP provider of analog and digital cable television, HD television programming, PenTeleData Broadband Internet service, and Blue Ridge digital phone service.