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Cable TV Distributors To Launch Big Ten Network

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US Cable, headquartered in Montvale, N.J., and the Big Ten Network today announced that US Cable will add the Big Ten Network to its channel lineups beginning Aug. 29.

The Big Ten Network announcement was made by US Cable - Vice President of Operations, Joseph Appio, and Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman.

"We're thrilled that US Cable is joining the long and growing list of distribution partners offering the Big Ten Network to their customers," Silverman said. "When fans tune in, they'll find unparalleled coverage of Big Ten sports – they'll see more action and more in-depth analysis than ever before."

Appio agreed. "US Cable recognizes that many of its subscribers are Big Ten fans and in fact alumni of Big Ten schools. We're really pleased that we will be adding the network to our channel lineup by the start of the football season, and we expect it to become a very popular destination for our customers very quickly," he said.

US Cable will offer the network on the expanded basic level of service to the majority of its customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They will also offer the Big Ten Network in HD on the HD Plus level of service in Cambridge, MN and Wabasha, MN.

The Big Ten Network has carriage agreements with more than 230 community-based cable systems, and all of the top alternative video, satellite and telephony-based video suppliers providing local service within the eight states with Big Ten universities. The network is now available to approximately 70 percent of all homes in the eight Big Ten states and could reach up to 55 million homes nationwide.

Reported by US Cable

Cox will launch the Big Ten Network in Ohio in time for Buckeye Football Season. "The Big Ten Network is expected to broadcast three of the first five Ohio State University games this season including this Saturday against Youngstown State University, September 20 against Troy and September 27 against Minnesota."

Mediacom is also into Big Ten Network. "Mediacom will launch the Big Ten Network in phases on its expanded basic level of service in states with Big Ten universities. The agreement also includes the network's high-definition and video-on-demand programming. Mediacom customers will be notified when the network becomes available in their community."

Executives from the Big Ten Network and Time Warner Cable issued the following statement on Monday night, August 25, 2008:

"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 line-ups throughout the Big Ten territory, including Ohio and Wisconsin. 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."

Quotes are taken from Big Ten Network Press Section

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