Pac-12 Networks launches, will carry UCLA athletic events
By UCLA Newsroom August 15, 2012 Category: Campus News
Pac-12 Networks, the new multi-platform media home of the Pac-12 Conference, goes live on cable outlets today at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Pac-12 Networks will offer UCLA fans access to 850 live quality events across seven networks and additional content at the new Pac-12.com, said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero.
"The university and the 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," Guerrero writes on his blog.
Three of the top five U.S. television distributors and many others have agreed to distribute Pac-12 Networks to their subscribers. This includes Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House, which collectively reach 40 million households, as well as several providers in the National Cable Television Cooperative that are signing on, on an almost daily basis, according to Guerrero.
"In the Los Angeles market," Guerrero said, "there continues to be positive dialogue with DirecTV, Dish, AT&T Uverse, Verizon FiOS and Charter, all of which have acknowledged the premium that the marketplace has placed on our valuable content.
"However, because of the size of these carriers' collective subscriber base, the conference and the department are preparing for the possibility that a portion of UCLA's local fan base will be unable to view the game with Houston in week three of the football season.
"Preventing this from happening is one of the league's top goals, which is why it is vital for the UCLA fan base in Los Angeles to communicate early and often with its television providers to ask them to carry Pac-12 Networks as soon as possible. The easiest way to do this is by clicking here, checking to see if your provider has Pac-12 Networks, and if not, sending an email asking your provider to add them to its inventory."