Most students living on campus gain access to Big Ten Network

July 27, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- When the Big Ten Network kicks off on Aug. 30, the new cable channel will reach nearly 8,500 rooms at Penn State's University Park campus, thanks to the campus' cable system.

The network will be available on campus cable channel 20 starting Aug. 30. The Big Ten Network will add to a lineup of 78 channels on the campus cable system, which offers a diverse mix of options to meet student demand for entertainment, news and more.

"We're excited to be able to offer the Big Ten Network on our basic tier here at University Park," said Joel Weidner, who oversees cable content contracts for campus cable as director of information systems for auxiliary and business services. "The network will offer an excellent lineup of athletic events and non-athletic programming showcasing the Big Ten schools, and we know from talking with students that they really wanted to have this available to them. It's an important network to serve the interests of our community and beyond."

The campus cable committee has worked with the Association of Residence Hall Students for programming input, and the student leaders said they were excited to have the Big Ten Network available.

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. A basic and expanded tier of programming reaches most of these outlets.

Nittany Apartments, another housing complex on campus, are served by Comcast, which has not yet agreed to carry the network. Most other Penn State campuses contract with local providers for service.

The official launch of the Big Ten Network comes Aug. 30, two days before the kick-off of the 2007 Big Ten college football season. Big Ten Tonight, a nightly studio show, will preview the upcoming season and closely examine all of the weekend's conference teams in action.

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.

So far the Nittany Lion football team's home opener against Florida International (noon, Sept. 1) and home contest against Buffalo (noon, Sept. 15) will air only on the Big Ten Network. Penn State also will make at least one appearance on the Big Ten Network during the eight-game conference schedule.

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 network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide.

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.

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.

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