D&E Communications, State College area establishments to have Big Ten Network

August 22, 2007

Updated Aug. 27, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State's home football schedule is one of the hottest tickets in the nation, with all seven games at Beaver Stadium this season sold out. Fans without tickets to the Sept. 1 Florida International game will have another option to watch it, since another cable carrier has signed on to televise the Big Ten Network.

D&E Communications Inc. announced today (Aug. 22) that it will carry the Big Ten Network when the new network launches on Aug. 30. Dave Moore, D&E vice president of marketing, and Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman made the announcement. Additionally, Penn State campus cable and DirecTV will carry the network, and numerous establishments in the State College area will have the network available.

D&E customers in State College and Lewisburg will receive the Big Ten Network on channel 68 in D&E's expanded cable package.

In making the announcement, Moore said that D&E believes the national network, dedicated to showcasing the nation's premier athletic and academic conference, will be an instant hit with Penn State fans in the area.

"We're really very pleased that our customers will be able to get the Big Ten Network on channel 68 from the beginning," Moore continued. "Our service area, which includes State College, is obviously Big Ten country, and I expect the Big Ten Network to become a popular destination very, very quickly."

Most of the Centre Region is served by Comcast Cable, which has not yet indicated it plans to carry the Big Ten Network to tens of thousands of Penn State students, employees, alumni and fans who subscribe to the cable service in State College and the surrounding area.

At Penn State the Big Ten Network will reach most residence hall students, 7,300 rooms in all. Campus cable also reaches 380 housing lounges and common areas, as well as 775 outlets in other buildings.

Numerous local establishments have indicated that they will have the Big Ten Network available. They include:

In the State College area
American Ale House - 821 Cricklewood Drive, State College
Bill Pickle's Tap Room - 106 S. Allen St., State College
Champs Sports Bar & Grill - 1611 N. Atherton St., State College
Fraser Street Deli - 109 S. Fraser St., State College
Gingerbread Man - 130 Heister Street, State College
Damon's Grill - 1101 E. College Ave., State College
Hampton Inn & Suites - 1955 Waddle Road, State College
Home Delivery Pizza - 1796 Zion Road, Bellefonte
Home Delivery Pizza - 1820 S. Atherton St., State College
HUB-Robeson Center - Pollock Road, University Park
Mad Mex - 240 S. Pugh St., State College
Quaker Steak and Lube - 2200 N. Atherton St., State College
The Rathskeller - 108 S. Pugh St., State College
Rotelli - 250 East Calder Way, State College

In Philadelphia
Mad River Bar & Grille - 126 Chestnut Street (Olde City), Philadelphia

If you know of an establishment that will have the Big Ten Network and is not on this list, please e-mail gpr113@psu.edu. Continue to check this page for updates.

To get the Big Ten Network, fans should call 1-866-WANT-B10 and record a message or be patched through to their cable operator and request that the network be a part of their expanded basic package. Comcast customers should call 1-215-665-1700 to request the Big Ten Network.

The official launch of the Big Ten Network is Aug. 30, two days before the kickoff of the 2007 Big Ten college football season. "Big Ten Tonight," a nightly studio show hosted by Revsine, will preview the upcoming season and closely examine all of the weekend's conference teams in action. The network will televise more than 400 live events, including more high-definition programming than any other new network in television history. The network announced a commitment to gender equality by 2010, when all Big Ten Network-controlled television, Internet and mobile media will provide equal men's and women's athletic coverage.

The Big Ten Network is a national television network, available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live. The network currently has national agreements in place with DirecTV and AT&T and agreements with more than 80 other cable operators within the eight states of the Big Ten. In total, the network currently is available to viewers in more than 16 million homes. The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

The network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming.

The Big Ten Network will air more than 600 hours of Penn State programming during its inaugural year. The vast majority of Penn State's 29 varsity sports, if not all, will be featured on the Big Ten Network in 2007-08, in addition to at least 60 hours of institutional, non-athletic programming.

For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit http://www.bigtennetwork.com online.

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