Network president Mark Silverman gives his side on how Indiana and other Big Ten team's fans and alumni will be directly (adversely) effected by the new policies in this transcript of his July 22nd interview, wherein he hints that Hoosier fans might just be able to see the football team on the net seven times. That interview also includes this important remark by Mr. Silverman:
"Every Indiana game, every basketball or football game will be nationally televised with the one caveat being a regionalization early in the season when there are several games going on at once. It might not be full coverage across the country for football. It is a significant amount of more games. I know in the past there have been many Indiana football games that were not even televised and now not only are they televised, but they are going out. They are going to be to a large extent across the country.
Basketball games I know for the most part have been on, at least locally, but now we are able to take all those games and they are on across the country."
For the complete Q&A with Silverman see http://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=693414
Personally, over the past three years, I've watched a tremendous number of IU games on the ESPN Plus package that's televised on CSS, Comcast Sports Southeast, even as the Miami Herald did their customary half-assed job of actually listing them in their daily sports section on daily whims, frequently neglecting to list games CSS televised involving the U-M, FIU and FAU, much less the Big Ten games I was interested in.
When I was living up in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2003, I was able to watch the IU games -though not as many- on one of the rare non-PBS public TV stations. They showed the ESPN Plus Big Ten package of basketball & football games on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays to get money into the station, running pledge breaks at halftime.
Last year, this past winter actually, it seemed like I was able to watch about about 70% of their games, watching 4 out of every 6 IU games this way, plus the nationally televised U-Conn game that CBS carried, which left me with little to complain about coverage-wise.
Anyway, Mike follows up that interview by giving Comcast -NOT one of my favorite companies for myriad reasons that would take too long long to get into here, suffice to say that I loathe them!- the opportunity to explain their side of the debate with a transcript of his interview Monday with Comcast Midwest Division President Bill Connors. See that Q&A at http://indiana.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=698376Since the Big Ten net is scheduled to debut on August 30th, you owe it to yourself to find out what's really going on.
A Big Ten Network FAQ page exists at http://www.bigtennetwork.com/managex/index.asp?ArticleSource=418 and hopefully will be updated as necessary, since this info is from May 21st, so you might want to check it every few days and see how you'll be affected in whatever part of Hoosier Nation you're living in.
For Hoosiers living in the Keystone State of PA, see http://live.psu.edu/story/25277
I finally got Direct TV three weeks ago, so I'm going to have to spend some time investigating what I'll need to do in order to get the Big Ten Network package, as opposed to the ESPN Gameday package that's constantly advertised.
The Big Ten net FAQ tells me: More $
Q: Will I be able to get the Big Ten Network from my current cable system or satellite provider?
A: All cable and satellite systems throughout the U.S. have the opportunity to place the Big Ten Network on their most widely available level of service. We already have signed deals with DirecTV and AT&T that ensure the Big Ten Network is on their basic level of service (Total Choice for DirecTV). If you subscribe to either of these services, the network is already part of your basic package, and you'll be able to turn it on the minute we launch. In addition to DirecTV and AT&T, we have over 40 deals with local cable operators, all of which call for the network to be carried on their basic cable package at no extra cost to consumers. Once these deals are signed, we will announce them publicly. The fact that we are able to complete these cable deals shows that our terms are reasonable and fair. It also gives us confidence that other agreements will be forthcoming.
We have had productive conversations with larger cable operators. Getting those deals done is more complicated because we're talking about several different kinds of services in several different markets. These deals take longer to complete due to their complexity, but the fact that DirecTV, AT&T and others have agreed to carry the Big Ten Network is a good sign that all cable and satellite operators – both big and small nationwide – understand the value of our programming.