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Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 11:53 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a bit of irony for you: the Longhorn Network, which may end up being the straw that broke the Big 12's back, is two weeks away from launching and it still hasn't even been picked up by any cable providers. So at this point it wouldn't matter how many high school games or conference games the network decided it wanted to televise, nobody could see them anyway.

According to the report in The Dallas Morning News, the Longhorn Network and its partner ESPN are "still in active discussions" with cable providers like Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and Direct TV.

Of course, as the report also points out, this isn't exactly an uncommon practice when it comes to these types of negotiations. It wouldn't be the first time that a deal was struck at the last minute to get a network on the air, but it is still somewhat worrisome for the Longhorn Network that it hasn't reached an agreement with anybody just yet.

I can't help but believe that when the network does launch on August 26th somebody in the state of Texas will be able to watch it.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:57 pm

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Buddy, if no "CARRIERS" pick it up, it won't be broadcast anywhere.  Ever heard of DishNetwork, DirecTV?  If they don't pick it up, ESPN just made a bad deal.  Plus, assuming only DirecTV picks it up, the other 1/2 of the viewers who have something else, still won't be able to watch it. ESPN may have it, but that doesn't mean it automatically appears on whatever TV you are watching.  

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 8:55 pm

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Texas has an egio the size of, well, you know, but really no substance. It's only the 7th best program and that is falling fast. Proof you say?


Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:32 am

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Funny... have you heard the story about the Entertainment Sports Programming Network?  You know, home of Chris Berman, SportsCenter, and more than a couple of OTHER rather famous sports programs?  Apparently they just agreed to a 300 MILLION DOLLAR contract with the Horns.  Do you not get cable in your neck of the woods?  I was wondering because I've heard that ESPN is a pretty big network.   What they are talking about is CARRIERS, sport.  CARRIERS are the cable guys who provide you the programming from the NETWORK.  Man, folks are really jealous of this whole deal, huh? 

Kinda like our whole society now... " Why should THAT guy have that nice house and nice car just because he invested everything he had, broke his back working long hours, and had the balls and creativity to do it?????  I've been at McDonalds for 3 years now and I don't have that stuff.  Maybe Obama should do something...."  

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:13 am

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

Longhorn Network = NCAA violation waiting to happen

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 1:36 am

Longhorn Network still looking for a carrier

No network would pick up the SmallHorns because they and their conference sucks the Big 12 and if other schools are leaving like Nebraska, Colorado, and now Texas A&M who in their right mind would pick up there little network.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 6:42 pm

Typical Longhorn Arrogance

In other words, the people negotiating for Texas are severely overestimating their position on the food chain.  It would be perfect if they couldn't get anyone to carry their network, but they will eventually come down.  It will happen five minutes before the "drop dead" date, as negotiations of this sort often do.

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