The Mtn. Surmounts DirecTV Deal


The Mtn., the MountainWest Sports Network, has finally scaled a distribution deal with DirecTV Inc.

After more than two years of negotiating, the college sports service today reached an agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, with the satellite leader for national distribution..

The Mtn., owned and operated by Comcast Corp. and CBS College Sports Network, formerly CSTV, will be carried nationally by DirecTV no later than Sept. 1. The parties, in making their announcement late Friday afternoon, indicated that  

channel position and programming package details will be available as they are finalized and the launch date nears.

It is expected the network would be carried on more widely distributed tiers within the states that are home to the conference members.

"We are excited to share the passions, rivalries and pioneering spirit of Mountain West athletics with DirecTV customers and college sports fans across the country," said The Mtn. vice president and general manager Kim Carver in a statement. "The Mtn. continues to grow because of the energy and dedication of Mountain West fans and their desire for in-depth, comprehensive college sports coverage." 

"We’re looking forward to adding the Mountain West Sports Network to our industry-leading lineup of sports programming and offer the Mountain West Conference’s many passionate fans access to its wide variety of games and athletic events," said DirecTV senior vice president of programming Dan Hartman in a statement.

DirecTV has some 16.8 million subscribers.

Executives at The mtn. said the network currently counts some 1.4 million subscribers through distribution deals with Cable One in Boise, Ida.; Cox Communications in San Diego and Las Vegas; Bresan Communications in Wyoming and Colorado; and Baja Broadband in New Mexico, Nevada and St. George Utah, plus Comcast.

The nation’s largest distributor, which owns 50% of the regional sports network, has placed The mtn. on expanded basic in Salt Lake City and digital classic in Denver and Albuquerque, among other areas.