ABOUT THE BIG TEN NETWORK
With more than 350 live sports events, and virtually all of them in high definition, the Big Ten Network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country. The network is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Where to Find Us
Customers of DIRECTV and DISH Network have access to the network regardless of where they live, while Verizon and AT&T continue to roll out their FiOS and U-Verse services across the country. The network is available on cable in 19 of the nation's 20 largest media markets, including New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston and many more. To get the channel number specific to your area and provider, visit www.bigtennetwork.com/channelfinder.
Cable subscribers inside the Big Ten states receive the network on either an expanded basic or digital basic level of service. Outside the Big Ten states, cable operators that carry the network make it available on a variety of packages.
Big Ten Network Programming
Every Big Ten Network football game telecast is surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network's pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
New for the 2010 season, the Big Ten Network will offer two hours of new programming every weeknight. In addition, the highly-anticipated series, Big Ten Icons, will debut on Saturday, Sept. 18, and will be hosted by broadcasting legend Keith Jackson. The 20-episode series will count down the top student-athletes in Big Ten history across all sports based on their collegiate careers. In all, the network will supplement its game coverage with a dozen football-themed shows each week.
The fall programming lineup will feature several new shows, highlighted by Big Ten Icons, Big Ten Film Vault and The Next Level. Returning programs will include Behind the Schemes, Big Ten's Best, Big Ten Breakdown, Big Ten Football & Beyond, Big Ten Tailgate and The Big Ten's Greatest Games.
In addition to live events, the network also airs coaches' shows and classic games. Each campus also has the opportunity to produce original, campus programming highlighting various aspects of campus life and the qualities that make each university unique.
Some of the Big Ten Network's streamed events are also televised on delay as part of the network's Student U initiative. Big Ten students on each campus produce and announce these events, offering a unique opportunity to gain real-world television experience.
Why the Network Was Created
The conference wanted to control more fully the advertising environment in which its events were aired (the network accepts no alcohol or gambling advertising), dramatically increase exposure for women's sports and other NCAA sports that had not previously been widely televised and improve distribution for football and men's basketball games that were previously available only on a local or regional basis.
Considered to be one of the most successful launches in cable television history, the Big Ten Network became the first network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million subscribers within its first 30 days on the air. The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.
The Big Ten Network's Impact
Committed to Women's Sports
Career Experience: Streaming and Student U