State of Nevada Sanctions Big-Knockout Boxing (BKB) And Will Be Home to Newest Combat Sport

Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide as New DIRECTV Venture Offers an Alternative to Boxing With Fewer, Shorter Rounds and a Focus on Intense, Offensive Action

March 19, Las Vegas – The Nevada State Athletic Commission has sanctioned Big-Knockout Boxing (BKB), a fresh, intense take on conventional boxing developed and owned by DIRECTV. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval joined DIRECTV executives to announce the sport’s official sanctioning in Las Vegas. BKB represenatives are working to establish their headquarters in the state of Nevada.

BKB is an aggressive new sport, matching up two fighters who face off in “The Pit,” a smaller fighting surface that forces more pound-for-pound action than traditional boxing.  Shorter, two-minute rounds encourage aggressive punching and reward offensive fighters. Those who prefer a more defensive style of fighting need not apply.

“The state of Nevada is a world class destination for entertainment and sporting events,” said Governor Sandoval.  “There is no better place to launch this new venture than Nevada. I would like to welcome BKB and DIRECTV to our great state.”

“The BKB format offers a new level of fighting intensity, pushing fighters to engage in offense from start to finish, and delivers an experience that both casual and hard core fight fans have never seen before,” said Paul Guyardo, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for DIRECTV. “The incredible support we’ve received from the Governor and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is a critical step in BKB’s ongoing evolution.”

DIRECTV and BKB have had preliminary discussions with a number of venues to host events in Nevada throughout 2014 and 2015.  The use of existing facilities is being considered, but given the uniqueness of the sport, BKB is also exploring the possibility of building its own venue in Las Vegas.  BKB’s inaugural Nevada event is planned for summer 2014.

Cedric the Entertainer Talks

Cedric the Entertainer is, quite literally, comedy royalty. One of the original Kings of Comedy, Cedric can now be seen on the small screen as the star of TV Land’s The Soul Man. In advance of the show’s special live season premiere, on March 26, Cedric answered some questions for DIRECTV about the upcoming third season, his dream guest stars, and his favorite comics working today.

What is it like on set with The Soul Man cast and crew?

It’s a good time on the set of The Soul Man! Being back for the third season really makes us feel like a close-knit family. We miss each other when we’re on hiatus, and when we’re back we have some really fun family moments, on and off the set.

Are you excited for the upcoming LIVE season premiere of The Soul Man?   I’m extremely excited about the LIVE season premiere. As a stand-up comedian, I enjoy performing with a live audience around—I’m looking forward to having that live energy! At the same time, I do have anxiety about making mistakes—there are no retakes here!—and recovering from them. I think it will be a lot of fun in the end.

Who would you like to see guest star on The Soul Man?

Some great guest stars I’d love to have on The Soul Man are Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, or Beyoncé. The latter two would be great in any dream sequence!   What TV shows do you enjoy watching, other than The Soul Man, of course?

A few of my favorite shows besides The Soul Man include: Shameless, House of Lies, and Nashville. Nothing makes me well up more than a good country song!   What other comedians working today do you admire?

A short list of comedians I admire these days includes Steve Harvey (of course), Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Maher, and rising young comic Trevor Noah.

The live season premiere of The Soul Man airs Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30/9:30c on TV Land (Channel 304).

Stevie Lynn Jones

Actress Stevie Lynn Jones has been getting a great deal of notice for her work in NBC’s latest hit, Crisis. In the drama, Jones plays the role of Beth Ann Gibson, the kidnapped daughter of one of Washington D.C.’s elite. Jones took a few minutes away from shooting to share her thoughts with DIRECTV about her experiences on the show, and offer some advice for Chicago-bound tourists.

The official synopsis for Crisis begins with “When a high school field trip goes horribly awry.” We’re already hooked, but tell us exactly how awry everything goes on this trip!

Well to begin with, the entire class gets kidnapped…but it’s not a normal class. Our class is full of children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, CEOs, international diplomats, even the president’s son. Then these powerful parents are manipulated to do horrible things to get their children back. To top it all off, the mastermind behind the kidnapping is always at least three steps ahead of the FBI. One crisis after another…

Crisis has a truly heavyweight cast, including Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney. What has it been like working with them?

I unfortunately don’t get to work with Gillian. I have spoken to her on several occasions and she is very sweet. Because Dermot plays my father I’m lucky to work with him a lot. Dermot is the scene partner every actor dreams of having. He gives so much to the other person in the scene it makes everything feel very natural. I had several emotional and serious scenes with him and couldn’t think of anyone better to do them with. Dermot also has an amazing sense of humor and could always make me laugh!

Tell us a bit about your character Beth Ann Gibson and why she’s so important to Crisis.

Beth Ann Gibson is the daughter of Francis Gibson, played by Dermot Mulroney, who is an ex-CIA analyst. When her father loses his job he falls apart and turns his back on his family. Because of this, she hates her father and wants nothing to do with him. She is also one of two scholarship kids in the school and doesn’t get along with any of the rich, elite children. Ian Martinez, played by Max Schneider, is the other scholarship kid and her only friend.

I think Beth Ann is a very relatable character. She is complex and is forced to put a harsh mask on to stay strong through the difficulties in her life. But she has a good heart and will do anything for those she loves.   Reading your bio, you have an amazing athletic background. Were you able to get proper gym time in during the Crisis shoot?

I am indeed able to get proper gym time in during shooting. It is a very large ensemble cast so I don’t have to work every day. I make sure to get plenty of time in for my workouts. I recently tried out CrossFit, which is very fun!

Crisis was shot in Chicago. Did you have any opportunity to take in the sights? It’s an awesome city.

I think Chicago is the most beautiful city I have ever been to. The architecture is spectacular. During the summer I would ride my bike and walk everywhere while taking in the pretty buildings. The architectural boat tour was a highlight for sure. Anyone who goes to Chicago during warm weather should take one of those tours. It’s totally worth it!

Crisis airs Sundays at 10/9c on NBC.

Watch Rachael Taylor Talk About NBC’s Crisis


Australian actress Rachael Taylor has had many high-profile roles, including appearances in the film Transformers and television shows Grey’s Anatomy and 666 Park Avenue. Her latest project is Crisis, a dramatic series in which the children of the nation’s elite—the president’s son among them—are kidnapped, and their parents are forced to do the unthinkable to save them. Crisis airs Sundays at 10/9c on NBC.

“The Face”

The Face‘s Nigel Barker Dishes on Season Two

March 18, 2014

Oxygen’s The Face is one of the hottest reality shows on television. Each week, viewers are given an inside look at the fashion industry as 12 “modeltestants” compete to become the focus of a national advertising campaign. Host Nigel Barker wears multiple hats this season, now acting as a confidante and advisor to all of the supermodel hopefuls. Nigel took a few minutes to speak with DIRECTV about his experiences on the show.

What do the two new Supermodel Coaches, Anne V and Lydia Hearst, bring to the show this season?

First and foremost, they bring completely different perspectives on the modeling industry. Lydia Hearst is fashion royalty with a background in everything fashion. She’s also a petite model, something that a lot of people can identify with. Anne V, from Russia, is a true blonde bombshell with an extraordinary body and a huge history of swimsuit modeling.

One of the most amazing things about The Face is that we’ve got all of these models from different parts of the world, with different perspectives, different heights, different shapes, different shades. They’ve each got their own “thing.”

How long did it take you to learn how to pronounce Anne V’s last name (Vyalitsyna)?

I call her Anne V. So not long at all!

When a new season begins, are you able to immediately pick out contestants that have no chance to make it to the end?

I’ve learned never to judge anyone too quickly. Often, the last come first and the first will come last. A makeover can really change someone’s appearance and your opinion on them. Also, the most important thing about modeling isn’t being the prettiest person in the room. It’s the ability to change. How much of a chameleon are you? The best and most successful models are the ones that change easily and often.

Has anybody ever surprised you over the course of a season?

I get surprised all the time!

The Face is known for bringing the drama in every episode. What crazy moments had to be left on the cutting room floor? (You can totally tell us!)
Nothing! We don’t leave anything too good on the cutting room floor.

What’s the absolute worst mistake any contestant can make on The Face? Our guess is “trusting other contestants.”

The worst mistake they can make is not believing in themselves. We believe in them. They wouldn’t be here if we didn’t.

New episodes of The Face air Wednesdays at 10/9c on Oxygen (Channel 251)


Helpful tips and tricks

Get ready for the big dance with our MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL app! You’ll be able to select your picks for every game this tournament so you can follow your bracket right on your TV. As games are played, the app will automatically display your correct or incorrect picks with the final scores.

To access the app simply tune to ch. 701 or hit the right arrow on your remote if your set-top-box is broadband connected.

Some helpful hints for making your tournament picks:

• After selecting a region, press SELECT after highlighting the team you want as your pick. Move to the right to advance to the next round.
• Before you can select your picks for the FINAL 4, you need to complete all your picks for the prior rounds.
• You can change your picks at any time until you select “Confirm”.
• You can also select “First Four Scores” to see the scores for all the first round games.
• Even if you miss the first few days of the tournament, you can enter picks for games that were already played.

Here are some tips to keep in mind during the tournament:

• To see how well you did in particular games, select a region.
• For quick updates on your totals, check the instructional area on the left to see the number of correct picks and total number of games.
• Once the tournament has started, you can not modify your picks for games that have already been played, even if you haven’t confirmed your bracket
• You can select “View Scores” to see the actual tournament bracket and game scores.

Don’t forget to catch all of the tournament action on your local CBS station, TNT (ch. 245), TBS (ch. 247), TruTV (ch. 248) and SPORTSMIX (ch. 205) . Just click here to make sure you never miss a moment on DIRECTV.

For a complete schedule of the games as well as updated bracket, visit

Good luck with your picks and enjoy!


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  1. Answer questions about your equipment.
  2. Print a shipping label.*
  3. Ship your device to our certified R2 recycler.

It’s that easy. Visit the site today and get those old electronics out of your home without sending them to a landfill.

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