Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Charter Cable & the Pac 12 Network

If there is one thing Southern  Oregon Duck fans and Oregon State Beaver fans agree on is the need for Charter Cable to pick up the Pac 12 Network when it starts broadcasting in August of 2012. For years Oregon fans in Southern Oregon have been unable to get the Oregon Sports Network programing because of a dispute over carriage fees to be paid by Charter to the  Comcast Sports Net Northwest who had exclusive rights to many Oregon Duck games and programs.  Oregon fans in Southern Oregon missed out on basketball games, track events, baseball games, coaches shows and pre and post game shows. Now all programing of Pac 12 sports is being taken over by the new Pac 12 Network and we are hoping things will change for the better. However, there has been no word on any agreement between Charter Cable and the Pac 12.  I have been tweeting with a nice representative of Charter Cable but all he can do is forward my request to another department.

Wikipedia has the following information on the new Pac 12 Network:

Pac-12 Network is the national network in a group of 7 upcoming American sports television networks dedicated to the Pac-12 Conference, scheduled to begin broadcasts in August 2012. The 7 networks, titled Pac-12 Networks, include the national network and 6 regional networks: Pac-12 Southern California (USC & UCLA), Pac-12 Washington (Washington & Washington State), Pac-12 Oregon (Oregon & Oregon State), Pac-12 Northern California (Stanford & Cal), Pac-12 Arizona (Arizona & Arizona State), and Pac-12 Mountain (Utah & Colorado).[2] The national network is expected to be available to at least 40 million homes at the time of launch, while the regional networks are expected to be available in every home of their respective region in Pac-12 territory.......

Upon launch, the networks will feature 24-hour a day, 7-day a week coverage of classic-to-current Pac-12 sports, including olympic sports. The contract ensures that every football and men's basketball game will be televised nationally.[4] Sports not featured nationally on the national Pac-12 Network will be featured through the regional networks ....
On July 27, 2011, the Pac-12 Conference announced agreements with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks which will place the Pac-12 Networks on cable in nearly every home in Pac-12 territory at launch date, and up to 40 million homes nationally.[6] The agreements compliment a 12-year deal the Pac-12 Conference has entered into with Fox and ESPN beginning in 2012. The network has been in extended negotiations with satellite carriers. Larry Scott stated in an interview (8 May 2012) with Seattle sports radio station KJR that he is "quietly optimistic" that a deal will be done in time for Fall 2012.
Lets hope so!

Charter Cable is the dominate cable provider in Southern Oregon. Other than satellite TV most Oregon and Oregon State fans have no other alternative.  I now have the "Charter Bundle" but will be ready to jump to satellite if either the Dish or Direct TV work out a deal and Charter doesn't.  Its a deal changer for me. Two months and counting! Let's go Ducks.