More than 35,000 Penn Staters remain without access to Big Ten Network

May 19, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Less than three years after launch, the Big Ten Network is available on 300 cable and satellite providers that carry the network to approximately 75 million homes in the U.S. and Canada, including 38 states and 19 of the top 20 U.S. markets.

A handful of cable systems in Pennsylvania still do not carry the network, including Armstrong, Blue Ridge, Metrocast and Adams Cable. A combined total of more than 35,000 Penn State alumni live in communities served by these four providers, in addition to thousands more current Penn State students and fans.

Customers of these four cable providers have missed more than 100 Penn State athletic events on the Big Ten Network during the 2009-10 academic year. Twenty-four Penn State teams have appeared on the network, including football (four games, plus Blue-White Game), Nittany Lion basketball (16), Lady Lion basketball (nine), the three-time NCAA women's volleyball champions (seven) and 20 more squads.

The Big Ten Network is available on cable in 60 of 67 Pennsylvania counties.

But, some Penn Staters who live in the following communities do not have cable access to the network: Berwick, Bloomsburg, Butler, Callensburg, Carbondale, Connellsville, Cranberry Twp., Dallas, Duncannon, Dushore, Ellwood City, Ephrata, Galeton, Gillett, Grove City, Hawley, Hazleton, Honesdale, Huntington Mills, Lake Harmony, Lehighton, Liberty, Lititz, Long Pond, Lords Valley, Mansfield, Meadville, Milford, Mount Pocono, Muncy, Nanticoke, Nescopeck, New Milford, Newberry, Oneida, Oxford, Palmerton, Plymouth, Sandy Lake, Stroudsburg, Summit Hill, Tidoute, Tionesta, Titusville, Troy, Tunkhannock, Weatherly, Wellsboro, White Haven, Zelienople and Zion Grove (partial listing).

In Ohio, Penn Staters living in Ashland, Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Medina, Poland, Orrville and South Point do not have cable access to the network.

The Big Ten Network is available to Pennsylvania residents on numerous cable providers, including: Atlantic Broadband, Beaver Valley Cable, Cablevision, CATV Service, Inc., Comcast, Kuhn Communications, Borough of Kutztown, Millheim TV, Nittany Media, RCN, Service Electric Cable TV, Service Electric Cablevision, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Tele-Media, Time-Warner, and Windstream, as well as telcos AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS and satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network.

The Big Ten Network also is available to thousands of cable subscribers in many communities near the Pennsylvania border, including metropolitan New York City and in:
- New Jersey: Belvidere, Columbia, Montague, Morristown, Parsippany and Phillipsburg;
- New York: Binghamton, Elmira, Middletown, Monticello, Olean, Newburgh and Port Jervis;
- Ohio: Youngstown, East Palestine and East Liverpool; and
- Newark and Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Morgantown and Wheeling, W.Va.

Penn Staters who do not have cable access to the Big Ten Network, can make frequent and regular contact with their cable providers over the next three months via phone call, e-mail and/or letter in order for there to be a possibility of your provider adding the network prior to the start of the fall sports season.

To contact cable providers to request the Big Ten Network, call:

Armstrong Cable: 1-724-283-0925 and 1-877-277-5711

Blue Ridge Cable: 1-610-826-2551, 1-800-222-5377 or local payment center

Metrocast Cable: 1-570-802-5642 and 1-800-633-8578

Adams Cable: 1-570-282-6121 and 1-888-222-0077

Below are links to the Big Ten Network's Channel Finder, so viewers can see if their cable provider carries the network, as well as the most recent FAQ, which includes a partial listing of the more than 60 major markets/states where the network is available outside of the Big Ten states.

Big Ten Network Channel Finder

BTN Frequently Asked Questions

  • This map shows the 60 of 67 Pennsylvania counties that have a cable provider carrying the Big Ten Network.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated November 18, 2010