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Cox launches Contour personal TV experience

Cox Communications introduced Contour, a new video experience that could eliminate aimless channel surfing and solve the chronic problem of what to watch.  Contour is the only service on the market that connects viewers to the things they care about by integrating multiple personal recommendations into an intuitive new guide, a tablet app that serves up relevant content to viewers at home or on-the-go. Additionally, Contour offers the only DVR in the country that can record six shows at once and provides two terabytes of storage.

“With Contour we are forging new ground when it comes to delivering a true, personalized TV experience,” said Steve Rizley, general manager & senior vice president of Cox Communications Southwest. “Contour brings to life all the features our customers tell us they want from individual viewing recommendations that are based on their past preferences to a robust library of Video on Demand offerings and enhanced DVR capabilities – all accessible on multiple devices via an effortless guide.”

A recent study of consumer preferences found that Cox video customers spent almost 60 percent of their viewing time on “convenience” television rather than live TV. Over half of respondents said they use streaming video players, and usage is both increasing and extending beyond the primary TV set. Cox provides more than 90 channels available on secondary devices which is greater than any other provider in this market.

Contour provides a video experience that is uniquely relevant to individual consumers, personally shaping to their interests and preferences. Initially available on the iPad, up to eight users are able to create a personal playlist with their favorite shows that they can access whenever they want. In addition to using the interface to discover content, users can set DVR recordings from their iPad as well as start viewing shows on the iPad and continue watching on TV with just a touch. App users will see three panels: “live” featuring more than 90 national cable channels; “on demand” initially featuring tens of thousands of titles, with new titles added each month; “my library” featuring a watch list of selected content and access to individual TV network apps like HBO Go and WatchDisney.

Contour app features:

* A second screen personal video experience with the ability to search for live or on-demand content with a simple, intuitive swipe
* Access to over 90 national cable channels of live TV
* Thousands of video on demand selections

Contour guide features:

* An advanced user guide that recognizes up to eight unique user profiles recommending different shows for each user
* Offers personal recommendations based on specific shows each person watches and likes

Record 6 DVR features:

* The  only DVR in the U.S. that records six shows at once
* Two terabytes of storage with capacity to store up to 300 hours HD shows and 1,000 hours SD shows

Contour is available for no charge in Apple’s App Store starting August 5, 2013.


Tilted Kilt goes ‘Undercover’

Since franchising the Tempe-based Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in 2006, Ron Lynch has been on a mission to open the contemporary, Celtic-themed sports pub concept staffed with beautiful servers in sexy plaid kilts and matching plaid bras in every city and town in America. His personal and professional journey will unfold on national television as he investigates the inner workings of Tilted Kilt pubs across the United States in the hit CBS series “Undercover Boss,” Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. on the CBS Television Network.

“Being 6 foot 6 inches tall with a very recognizable look and voice has made it difficult in the past for me to visit our locations without being recognized,” said Lynch. “Going undercover allowed me to step into the shoes of our employees and franchise partners to better learn the ins and outs of what makes our company successful, as well as see objectively where there is room for improvement.”

Adding that the company never stops looking for ways to evolve and improve, Lynch noted that the experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity to share his story and hopefully inspire other leaders to look deeper into the everyday experiences of their employees to create a better culture that fosters a family environment.

Lynch’s own family is very involved in the day to day business of Tilted Kilt. Employees at the Tempe-based corporate office that are family members include his brother, wife and two daughters. It was important for the President to see if the family culture cultivated at the home office was spread to the more than 70 locations existing today.

The Tilted Kilt brand is fueled by Lynch’s commitment to The Code of the Clan Tilted Kilt by which he expects every person at every level of the organization to operate. The code embodies the values of pride, integrity, respect, strong work ethic and fun. Lynch believes in building customer loyalty through exceptional service and commitment to family and community.

“Traditional public houses began when families would open up their home to travelers. Fathers would cook and tend the bar while mothers and daughters would wait tables,” said Lynch. “I am responsible for spreading the concept, upholding brand standards and ultimately delivering the idea that ‘A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.’ Participating in ‘Undercover Boss’ allowed me to see if those standards were being delivered to our customers and make changes to our company that will ensure they will be in the future. I am very grateful for this experience and have so much respect for all of the employees who work in the various positions of our organization.”

Through his “Undercover Boss” experience, Lynch gained valuable insight into key areas of the business that he will continue to fine-tune and improve in the coming months. Jobs that he participated in during the experience include bartender, line-cook, manager and busser/security guard.

Each week, the Emmy Award-winning “Undercover Boss,” which is just starting its fourth season, follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering and rewarding the unsung heroes who make their companies run.


Fox Sports, PIR announce new TV deal

FOX Sports Arizona and Phoenix International Raceway have agreed to a new partnership that allows the regional sports network the ability to showcase Arizona’s premiere motorsports venue.

The historic track hosts the Southwest’s biggest racing events and has become one of NASCAR’s fastest and most exciting stops in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Beginning this Wednesday (Oct. 10), racing fans will be able to relive some of PIR’s best races in recent memory when FOX Sports Arizona debuts its new “Phoenix International Raceway Classics” series.

Produced to highlight past races at the venue won by NASCAR legends and get fans ready for this year’s Advocare 500 Weekend at PIR (Nov. 11-13), the first show will take viewers back to the 2003 Checker Auto Parts 500 that was won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. The series will offer four different one-hour episodes hosted by Valley resident Chris Neville, who is part of NASCAR’s coverage on TNT and SPEED TV.

Other races that will air in the series include the 2006 Subway Fresh 500 won by Kevin Harvick, the 2007 Subway Fresh Fit 500 won by Jeff Gordon and the 2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500 won by Mark Martin. Here is the complete schedule:

Oct. 10 @ 7:00 pm        2003 Checker Auto Parts 500
Oct. 15 @ 7:00 pm        2006 Subway Fresh 500
Oct. 24 @ 7:00 pm        2007 Subway Fresh Fit 500
Oct. 30 @ 7:00 pm        2009 Subway Fresh Fit 500

With the victory in 2007, Gordon tied Dale Earnhardt with his 76th all-time win and he recently said this about the moment, “What stands out to me is winning that race, tying Dale Earnhardt and carrying the No. 3 flag. That was a big deal. I looked up to Dale so much, admired him, respected him, to accomplish anything that he did in this sport was huge, so we wanted to honor him.”

When also asked a few weeks ago about his 2009 victory in Phoenix, Mark Martin said “That race was real special because it certainly looked like I wouldn’t win another race in my career at that time and it had been a few years since I’d won.”

This new agreement will also have FOX Sports Arizona produce a half-hour program in the Spring that highlights all the happenings from the 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500. Phoenix International Raceway is one of just 12 tracks to host two Sprint Cup Races in one season and this program will bring to light everything that happens on not only the 1.0-mile oval, but off the track and outside PIR during race week. The air date and time for the show will be announced at a later date.

“Our new partnership with Phoenix International Raceway expands FOX Sports Arizona’s coverage of the local sports scene even further and strengthens our reputation as the network Arizona sports fans turn to first for comprehensive local sports programming,” said Brian Hogan, FOX Sports Arizona Sr. Vice President & General Manager.

“We’re tremendously excited to work with FOX Sports Arizona on a project that showcases many of the dramatic victories that have occurred at PIR over the years,” said Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber.  “It will be a real treat for fans to watch some of these historical accomplishments as we draw closer to our 2012 semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup – the AdvoCare 500.”

In addition to the Sprint Cup Races, PIR is also home to the Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, K&N Pro Series West and the first NASCAR Mexico Series race to ever be held in the United States on March 1, 2013.

FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive cable television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Northern Arizona University and Phoenix Mercury. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona & New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. And for even more coverage of the local sports scene, log onto www.foxsportsarizona.com, www.twitter.com/foxsportsaz and www.facebook.com/foxsportsarizona.