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Insight, BTN reach carriage agreement

Thu, 08/30/2007 - 9:12am
Traci Patterson

Insight Communications has reached an agreement with the Big Ten Network (BTN) to carry the sports channel. The service will be available to approximately 640,000 Insight customers.

The operator will carry BTN on its Classic service in Columbus, Ohio, and Evansville, Ind. Insight will also carry the channel on its digital platform in all of its Kentucky systems, which include Louisville, northern Kentucky, Lexington and Bowling Green.

BTN launches today, offering fans 39 football games, 140 regular-season basketball games, more than 55 women’s basketball games and the Big Ten Championships. The channel will also offer soccer, field hockey, volleyball, baseball and wrestling coverage, as well as all of the other NCAA championship sports.

Comcast continues to deny BTN a cable channel (see story), saying it will not burden its consumers, especially ones not interested in Big Ten sports, with a $13 Big Ten tax.

Comcast is willing to make the network part of its Sports Entertainment Package, but BTN wants to be an expanded basic channel.

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