Sep 11, 2012
For Pac-12 fans with Dish Network, your wait is now over.
The San Francisco-based Pacific-12 Network has negotiated a multi-year deal with Dish Network which will allow Dish subscribers to watch the Pac-12 network programming. The fledgling network, which launched on August 15th, had already negotiated a carriage deal with most major cable companies, including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications and Bright House. The network hopes to use the agreement with Dish to expand its reach nationally — Dish currently has approximately 14 million subscribers across the country.
Industry insiders estimate that the Pac-12 network is currently seen in about 7 million homes, based on the agreements they have with the aforementioned cable companies.
While the network had relied on the power of social media (Twitter and their own blog, specifically) to help sway Dish Network, they’ve still had no such luck with DirecTV. DirecTV currently has about 19 million subscribers and is also used in a host of bars across the country, in large part due to their NFL Sunday Ticket package, which allows viewers to view any NFL game in real time.
While talks with DirecTV have apparently stalled at the moment, I’m sure that Pac-12 commisisoner Larry Scott is looking to over come that obstacle in the very near future.
While terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed, the conference’s official video announcement regarding the carriage deal, can be seen below,