Three days before it kicks off coverage of the 2013 football season with Arizona-Northern Arizona on Aug. 30, the Pac-12 Networks has bolstered its distribution base.
The service, which will televise 35 gridiron contests among its 750 live events during the 2013-14 academic year, has secured wider rollouts on charter affiliates Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications, and gained launches with a number of smaller distributors.
The conference’s expanded reach began on Tuesday, Aug. 27 when Time Warner Cable bowed the Pac-12 Networks on its systems serving Indiana (Evansville, Terre Haute), Kentucky (Lexington, Louisville) and Ohio (Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Columbus).
For its part, Cox will add the Pac-12 Networks to its newly created CoxSports2 tier in the days and weeks ahead. The MSO, which like TWC, Bright House Networks and Comcast, was part of the conference’s original affiliate team, will be making the Pac-12 Networks available within the new tier to its subscribers in Connecticut (Hartford/New Haven), Massachusetts (Springfield), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City and Tulsa), Ohio (Cleveland), Rhode Island (Providence), Virginia (Norfolk/Newport News, Richmond/Petersburg, Roanoke) and Washington D.C. Cox is planning to launch Pac-12 Networks in Oklahoma by month’s end, in Virginia and DC around Sept. 5 and to its Northeast systems three days later. Earlier this month, Comcast expanded its carriage of Pac-12 into a number of mideastern markets.
New providers offering the Pac-12 Networks include Buckeye CableSystem, Clear Creek Communications, Consolidated Communications, Hood Canal, Paul Bunyan and WTC Communications. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Buckeye CableSystem is scheduled to launch Pac-12 Networks Wednesday, August 28 in Toledo, Cleveland and Detroit, while Clear Creek Communications is slated to go live in Portland, Ore. on August 29. WTC Communications is scheduled for a Sept. 1 launch in Topeka, Kan. Paul Bunyan (Minneapolis, Duluth, Minn.) and Consolidated (Champaign, Ill., Houston Pittsburgh) launched the service last month.
DirecTV remains on the sidelines when it comes to the Pac-12 Networks and have become the target of its “Compare” campaign that points out what viewers are missing and encourages them to switch providers in order to get the services. Pac-12 offers a national feed, as well as content dedicated to six other linear services featuring school pairings within its footprint: Arizona/Arizona State; USC/UCLA; Stanford/Cal-Berkeley; Washington/Washington State; Oregon/Oregon State; and Utah/Colorado.