Time Warner Cable moves Big Ten Network to basic service

2011-07-25T16:00:00Z 2012-05-02T10:16:03Z Time Warner Cable moves Big Ten Network to basic serviceBy JEFF KORBELIK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nearly every Time Warner Cable television subscriber will be able to watch the Big Ten Network beginning Aug. 23.

The cable company and Big Ten Network announced Monday the network will be available on Time Warner's basic tier on Channel 24.

The network also struck a deal with satellite service DISH Network to make it available to more DISH customers beginning Sept. 1.

Both deals mean every Nebraska regular-season football game will be available live during the team's inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference, as well as other Husker sporting events, including basketball, volleyball, baseball and more.

Nebraska's first two games -- against Chattanooga and Fresno State -- are scheduled to air on BTN. Other games are scheduled on Versus or the ESPN family of networks, which includes ABC.

"We know how important Husker football is to our great customers in Lincoln and throughout the state," said Scott Miller, Time Warner Cable's area vice president of operations for the Kansas City/Lincoln division, in a statement. "This move will allow us to keep providing our customers with the best Nebraska football content in the area."

BTN is available to Time Warner Cable digital customers on Channel 333 and in HD on Channel 1333, and will remain on those channels going forward.

Subscribers with a limited television subscription -- Channels 2 through 22 -- will not have access to the network.

In addition to the primary network feed, two additional channels also will be available to digital subscribers. BTN Extra 1 will air on 1334 and BTN Extra 2 on 1335. These channels primarily will be used during the football season when conference games air simultaneously. In Nebraska, any games involving the Huskers will air on the network's primary channel.

To make room for the Big Ten Network on the basic tier, home shopping network QVC will move to Channel 4. In some locations outside of Lincoln, QVC will air on Channel 18. The TV Guide Network will be on Channel 81 in all areas.

"This is great for Husker fans, now that they're a part of the Big Ten Conference, to see games on Time Warner Cable's standard service tier," said BTN President Mark Silverman. "Time Warner Cable has a huge presence in Nebraska, and we're excited to be making this move."

Said Husker athletic director Tom Osborne: "We're pleased that Time Warner Cable has moved the Big Ten Network to their standard service tier. Our athletic department has had a strong relationship with Time Warner Cable for a long time, and we're pleased that they will continue to carry our athletic events and provide Husker and Big Ten content to our fans throughout Nebraska."

As for DISH, the Big Ten Network will become a part of its "America's Top 120 Plus" service. The network previously was available on its "Top 200" and "Top 250" services.

DirecTV also carries the Big Ten Network, beginning with its "Choice" package (150-plus digital channels).

Reach Jeff Korbelik at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com.

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