Do Not Worry Anymore Ohio, You Will Be Able To See All Of Your Precious Buckeye Games

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The whole State of Ohio was in an uproar recently (and rightfully so I might add) about the whole Big Ten Network-Time Warner battle that would cause some fans to miss games, but today the BTN announced they two sides had reached a deal. Just in time for fans to see the team lose to Youngstown State! (Sorry, it must happen to balance out the World after the UM loss to App State last year)....

Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Network announced today that they have reached an agreement-in-principle on terms of carriage for the Big Ten Network and its high-definition and video-on-demand programming on Time Warner Cable's line-ups throughout the Big Ten territory, including Ohio and Wisconsin. The pending agreement will ensure that Time Warner Cable's customers across these Big Ten states will have access to this Saturday's Big Ten college football season openers and all future Big Ten Network programming on an expanded basic level of service.
It seems like the Big Ten Network has fought with every cable outlet from Comcast to Al Jazeera, but hopefully this is the last of them. And given that there are over 2.2 million Time Warner customers in the State, it's great that the two came to terms before the season got underway. They even got it done on the expanded basic cable package....bravo.

Joint Statement from Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Network (BTN)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 3:13 PM


cox cable still hasnt picked it up...

good thing i have DTV

Matt said...
Aug 26, 2008, 3:07:00 PM  

Sweet...the idiocy of Charles Davis finally back in my home.

GMoney said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:15:00 PM  

No agreement with Charter yet either.

Since getting a dish last spring (after hoops and hockey got over) I have developed a new sympathy for the cable companies who resisted paying super-premium rates for the BTN and the NFLN. BTN could go dark from April to August and nobody would miss it--out of season, it's a vast wasteland of game repeats. NFLN is marginally more useful in the offseason (draft coverage was superb), but nothing special either. Neither is worth the extortionate rates they were trying to charge.

jb said...
Aug 26, 2008, 4:39:00 PM  

the world doesn't need to be balanced one cares about um

jorge said...
Aug 26, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

Seems fair. I am in Oklahoma and I have Big 10 network.

jubanator14 said...
Aug 26, 2008, 5:31:00 PM  

Charter sucks. Worst cable company ever.

I cant get a satellite, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 5:34:00 PM

Reportedly Charter is close to a deal.

Anonymous said...
Aug 26, 2008, 6:00:00 PM  

The sad thing is, the only real reason this deal got done with TWC in time for the season, was cuz they announced they would offer all the Big 10 games on a pay-per-view basis for whatever the Big Ten network wanted to charge and they would get all the revenue. TWC even said they would provide the hardware for free to anyone who wanted it. 3 days later the deal was done.

That being said, TWC still sucks. But it's about f'n time. Now we just need the NFL Network...

Mez said...
Aug 26, 2008, 7:53:00 PM  

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