The Big Ten Network is proving to be a mover and a shaker in these parts.
Just a week after securing a spot on Time Warner Cable's basic television tier, the network announced its new initiative -- BTN2Go, a live, 24/7 multiplatform extension of BTN.
It's scheduled to begin at the start of the college football season. A specific launch date has not been set.
BTN2Go will allow Internet, iPad and iPhone users to access the live feed of all BTN linear network programming, including feeds to all televised games, on-demand programming and archived content.
Currently, this will be available to Time Warner Cable subscribers. The cable company has agreed to serve as a distribution partner. No word yet on whether the satellite companies DISH Network and DirecTV will offer the service.
So how will this work?
Details are still a little sketchy at this time, but Time Warner Cable television subscribers -- basic and digital customers -- should be able to access BTN2Go through a link on Time Warner's website and, I'm guessing, a link on BTN's site.
Time Warner has a similar deal in place with ESPN. As a Time Warner subscriber, I can access the ESPN, ESPN2 and two other ESPN networks through the TWC website. (Although, I discovered, it works with the Internet Explorer browser and not Firefox).
Again, BTN2Go will be available to Time Warner TV subscribers via computers, iPhones and iPads, but not Droid phones (as of right now).
"We're tremendously excited to launch BTN2Go because, as mobile technology has advanced, this is something fans are asking for," BTN president Mark Silverman said in a release. "Big Ten fans are frequently on the go, and would like to watch BTN while away from home. BTN2Go gives fans that option at no additional cost to them."
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* Former Husker quarterback Cody Green won't be the only one calling Tulsa, Okla., home.
KOLN/KGIN-TV sports reporter Charlie Hannema recently took a job as weekend sports anchor at The News on 6 (KOTV) in Tulsa. He had been at KOLN since September.
The Tulsa station, like KOLN, is a CBS affiliate. Tulsa is the nation's 61st largest television market, according to Nielsen. Lincoln is No. 106.
All eyes now are on Brittany Jeffers. The popular KLKN-TV morning/midday anchor and former Miss America contestant is engaged to Hannema.
She was promoted to morning anchor in March 2010. Will she stay or will she go when her contract runs out? Stay tuned.
* I received a few emails from confused DISH Network subscribers about access to the Big Ten Network.
The sports channel will become available on Sept. 1 to DISH customers who subscribe to DISH's "America's Top 120 Plus" programming or greater.
Currently, DISH customers who subscribe to the 200 and 250 packages have had access to the network, but pay extra for it because it's part of a sports tier.
Why wasn't it part of the 200 and 250 lineups? Because Nebraska was not yet within the Big Ten Network "footprint."
That's no longer the case with NU's admission to the conference on July 1. According to a DISH representative, BTN will be a part of the 120 Plus, 200 and 250 packages for no extra charge.
But not until Sept. 1.