Big Ten Network Deals
Comcast and the Big Ten Network have come to an agreement
which will allow the Network access to the millions of subscribers this coming
college football season. Time Warner and the Big Ten Network have yet to work
anything out, leaving much of Ohio
without the network when the season begins.
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agreement between the two parties, Comcast subscribers will have access to the
network on an expanded basic service this year with access on a digital level
next season. Also included in the deal are other forms of transmission
including the Internet and Video-on Demand. Comcast has service in seven of the
eight states with Big Ten teams, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of
Athletics, in a statement said that he hopes Time Warner is willing to deal
with the network in a similar fashion. “We are delighted Comcast is the latest
entity to carry Big Ten Network programming,” Smith said. “We feel hopeful this
development will lead to better negotiations with Time Warner Cable. The
partnership with Comcast demonstrates the Big Ten is flexible in trying to
provide our fans with high quality programming from the 11 campuses.”
fans will continue to be left out until Time Warner does deal with the network.
Time Warner is sure to negotiate a better deal than Comcast as Ohio State
fans are the biggest group and the most coveted members of the network’s