Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV
The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage Thursday night
with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers
unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate.
The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona
game Thursday night, and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference
games and 20 Pac-12 games this season.
On Wednesday, the Pac-12 Networks issued an open letter to fans
recommending they switch to another television provider. ”If
you’re one of the fans who won’t be satisfied without Pac-12
football, or our more than 135 men’s basketball games and hundreds
of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with
another television provider,” the letter said.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott addressed the situation Thursday
”The reason the Pac-12 Networks put out that note to fans is
there’s no signal from DirecTV it’s going to happen any time
soon,” Scott said. ”We want to fans to know if they have options,
they ought to seriously consider them if they want to get football,
basketball and all of the Olympic sports.
”Fans will vote with their pocketbook. If people want it, which
I believe they will, and if they’re not satisfied with their
current service provider, they’ll find one that does satisfy
The network has reached agreements with major cable companies
such as Time Warner, Bright House and Comcast.
”We’ve got 30 different cable companies that have already
signed up – an astounding amount in a short period of time,” Scott
said. ”We’ve gotten great reactions from people. We know we’re
offering a fair market-based deal consistent with what the other
cable companies have already agreed to and what the satellites do
for the Big Ten. At the end of the day, they just got to decide
what customers want.”