BOULDER – The Pac-12 Networks launch Wednesday (Aug. 15) evening at 7 p.m. mountain time, with the debut program “Pac-12 Live” taking center stage.
The main thrust of the initial program will include football analysts Ronnie Lott, former CU head coach Rick Neuheisel, Curtis Conway and Glenn Parker along with Summer Sanders will give a preview of the 2012 football season.
Comcast (Denver-Boulder) has picked up both the Pac-12 Network and the regional one designated for more coverage of the Colorado and Utah programs, Pac-12 Mountain. The main Pac-12 Network will be on Comcast Channel 430 (Ch. 840 for high definition, HD), with Pac-12 Mountain slated for Channel 431 (HD location to be determined). Other cable outlets across the nation have also signed on to carry the network, and the conference remains in negotiations to secure a satellite provider (e.g., DirecTV, DISH, etc.) but is hopeful that all will be place by the start of the football season.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is another national cable provider which has picked up the Pac-12 Networks, and in Colorado, TWC services the Gunnison and Telluride areas; on standard cable, Pac-12 National will be on Channel 240 (HD on Ch. 640) and Pac-12 Mountain can be found on Channel 245 (HD on Ch. 645).
(On the CU campus, Pac-12 Mountain can be found on Channels 24 and 90.7, the latter for HD.)
The Pac-12 Networks will be event-centric, with plans to broadcast 850 live events across a variety of Pac-12 sports in the first year. The live event lineup will feature 35 live football games, including six over Labor Day Weekend, and more than 140 men’s basketball games. Because of high quality of competition across the Pac-12, cited by a record 451 national championships and 45 medals won by Pac-12 athletes/alumni at the recently-completed London Olympics, there will be almost an exact 50-50 mix of men’s and women’s events.
The network has produced football previews of each team, with the first broadcast of the Colorado feature set for Saturday (Aug. 18) at 8:00 p.m. That will be preceded by a replay of the 1991 Orange Bowl between Colorado and Notre Dame at 6 p.m. (both will be rebroadcast at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., respectively).
The Pac-12 Network schedules are available at http://video.pac-12.com/guide and also on CUBuffs.com; just click the Audio/Video link near the top of the home page. You can also find a Pac-12 Network channel locater there, as all link back to the network itself as officials will update on a constant basis.
The network announced Wednesday that former Buff and Olympian Jeremy Bloom has joined the network as a football analyst, contributing to both in-studio and game broadcast coverage.
Bloom will make his broadcast booth debut with Pac-12 Networks at his alma mater Colorado September 8 when the Buffaloes host Sacramento State. Following that, he will be in-studio on football Saturdays on a rotating basis, contributing to pre, half and postgame shows.
The Pac-12 provided answers to FAQ (frequently asked questions) and those appear below:
Q: Why doesn’t my television provider offer Pac-12 Networks?
A: Our goal – and our fans’ goal – is for every distributor in the country to carry Pac-12 Networks, and based on the fact that three of the top five distributors have already signed up to carry our thrilling content, we are confident this is an achievable goal. We are working hard to reach fair, market-based agreements with every distributor and we will share updates as soon as possible. In the meantime, you should let your provider know that you are interested in receiving Pac-12 Networks on your system, or consider switching to a provider that offers Pac-12 Networks today.
Q: How do I get Pac-12 Networks?
A: Visit our Channel Finder to find out if your television provider carries Pac-12 Networks and how you can sign up. If it’s not available where you live, contact your carrier to tell them you want Pac-12 Networks today or consider switching to a provider that already carries our championship-caliber sports.
Q: How much does it cost to get Pac-12 Networks?
A: Please contact your provider to learn about pricing and availability for Pac-12 Networks.
Q: Will the games I want to watch be on Pac-12 Networks?
A: Pac-12 Networks offers fans access to 850 live quality events across seven networks and hundreds more events at Pac-12.com. Our member universities and their student-athletes will get more exposure than ever before, including 35 thrilling Pac-12 football games, more than 135 men’s basketball games, and nearly 700 Olympic sports events featuring teams competing for NCAA Championships. Please check our programming schedule on Pac-12.com to learn more.
Q: Why are there some Pac-12 games on other networks?
A: In addition to the 850 live events on Pac-12 Networks, conference partners ESPN and Fox will broadcast 44 football games and a full season of basketball games. Non-conference road games, which are controlled by host institutions or their conferences, may not be televised on Pac-12 Networks, but may be televised nationally. For football, there are only 11 nonconference road games scheduled for the 2012 season.
Q: What is TV Everywhere?
A: With TV Everywhere, fans with access to Pac-12 Networks will be able to view all seven of our networks live through their personal computers and on a variety of devices, provided their television provider offers TV Everywhere capabilities. Fans simply log in with the unique ID offered by their television provider. Soon after launch, every distributor will have the opportunity to offer subscribers access to Pac-12 Networks’ iPad app and later in the fall, we’ll be providing fans access through iPhone and Android apps. While we would love for all subscribers to have access to Pac-12 Networks’ TV Everywhere product, access is determined by television distributors. Please contact your distributor to learn more.
Q: Can I watch Pac-12 Networks over the Internet or through my mobile device?
A: Fans with access to Pac-12 Networks will be able to view all seven of our networks live through their personal computers and on a variety of devices, provided their television provider offers TV Everywhere capabilities. Fans simply log in with the unique ID offered by their television provider. Soon after launch, every distributor will have the opportunity to offer subscribers access to Pac-12 Networks’ iPad app and later in the fall, we’ll be providing fans access through iPhone and Android apps. While we would love for all subscribers to have access to Pac-12 Networks’ TV Everywhere product, access is determined by television distributors. Please contact your distributor to learn more.
Q: How do I watch games that aren’t available through my regional Pac-12 Network?
A: We make all seven of our networks available through our TV Everywhere platform (available through fans’ computers and through a new iPad app) and through our television distribution partners, but it will be up to each provider to decide what content to make available to customers. We recognize that Pac-12 fans who don’t live in the same media market as their favorite school may subscribe to a television provider that only carries the National Pac-12 Network or a different regional Network. While those fans will still see more of their favorite team’s games than in any previous year, we would love for them to have access to every game – so we urge them to contact their television provider and ask for the full line-up of regional Pac-12 Networks.
Q: I’m used to watching Pac-12 games with my current television subscription, and I just found out I need to upgrade my service to continue to get full access to the games I want. What should I do?
A: Pac-12 Networks distributors have the right to offer all seven of our Networks to all of their subscribers from from coast to coast, but it will be up to each provider to decide what content to make available to customers and on which tiers of service. We urge fans to contact their television providers to request their preferred Networks.
Q: Why can’t I use TV Everywhere for Pac-12 Networks?
A: We make TV Everywhere available to all our distribution partners, but it is up to each of them how they make it available to subscribers. Contact your television provider to learn more.
Q: Can I get Pac-12 Networks directly (rather than going through my television provider)?
A: At this time, Pac-12 Networks is only available through television providers. Visit our Channel Finder to find out if your provider carries Pac-12 Networks and how you can sign up.
Q: What is your programming like?
A: The real stars of Pac-12 Networks are our student athletes, and our programming is aimed at giving our fans more access to what they want – more Pac-12 games in 2012-13 than at any time in history. Pac-12 Networks is already on track to provide unprecedented quality and quantity of championship-caliber sports for tens of millions of households – more than at any time in history. While we’re proud of the content our fans will have access to at launch, we will continue investing in programming over time, including coaches shows, game analysis and behind-the-scenes specials.
Q: Can I get Pac-12 Networks on campus?
A: Pac-12 Networks is providing equipment and other resources to our member universities to provide distribution on campus. Many schools have the technology in place to broadcast Pac-12 Networks through their on-campus cable services, but work in this area continues. We’ll continue to provide updates as they are available.
Q: Do off-campus students get access to Pac-12 Networks?
A: Students living off-campus should visit our Channel Finder to find out if their television provider
carries Pac-12 Networks and how they can sign up.
Q: Will Pac-12 games be broadcast on ESPN or other networks?
A: Each week, the conference’s television partners, ESPN, Fox and Pac-12 Networks, will go through a process to select football games to air on their various network platforms. Top picks are divided up among the three TV partners, with Pac-12 Networks getting a first or second pick in 7 of the 13 weeks of the regular season.
Q: Where does the advertising revenue for Pac-12 Networks go?
A: Pac-12 Networks is wholly owned by its 12 member universities, and all Pac-12 Networks proceeds are the property of those university communities.