TWC, Big Ten Network ink carriage agreement

Tue, 08/26/2008 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

College football fans at Big 10 schools can breathe a sigh of relief after Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Network announced late last night that the cable operator will carry the Big Ten Network on its expanded basic tier.

College football is slated to kickoff this week, but Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Networks had been at odds on where the programming was going to be carried by Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable favored putting the college sports programming on a premium, or sports, tier, which would have cost subscribers more and limited the number of homes that the Big Ten Network would penetrate.

While it’s good news for fans that the Big Ten Network will be carried on Time Warner Cable’s expanded basic tier, neither company divulged any details on the terms.

“Time Warner Cable and the Big Ten Network announced today that they have reached an agreement-in-principle on terms of carriage for the Big Ten Network and its high-definition and video-on-demand programming on Time Warner Cable's lineups throughout the Big Ten territory, including Ohio and Wisconsin,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “The pending agreement will ensure that Time Warner Cable's customers across these Big Ten states will have access to this Saturday's Big Ten college football season openers and all future Big Ten Network programming on an expanded basic level of service.”

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