We have a couple of press releases for you regarding the ESPN-owned and operated Longhorn Network. First, we learn that the network totally devoted to University of Texas sports has selected the one Big 12 Conference game it will air this year. It will be the Kansas game at Austin on October 29. Here’s the press release.
Kansas vs. Texas, a Big 12 intra-conference matchup slated for October 29, will air on Longhorn Network. The new 24/7 University of Texas network which will televise the Longhorns’ home opener against Rice University, Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., will provide surround coverage leading into both games.
Longhorn Network will be the exclusive national distributor for the matchup with the exception of in the state of Kansas where the game will also be televised on select over-the-air stations to be determined at a later date. Kansas and Texas have met just 10 times since 1901. The Longhorns lead the series 8-2 heading into this season.
This game is approved by Commissioner Dan Beebe based upon the approval process that the Big 12 Board of Directors determined last month. ABC will maintain first selection for the Big 12 games on October 29. This ensures that all Big 12 games that day will be distributed by national carriers.
And earlier, ESPN announced that Grande Communications agreed to pick up Longhorn Network and the significant thing about this is that viewers in the Austin, Dallas, San Antonio markets will be able to see tomorrow’s Rice at Texas game live. Here’s the press release.
Longhorn Network Available to Subscribers in Time for Rice vs. University of Texas
ESPN and Grande Communications announce that the Longhorn Network (LHN) will be available to University of Texas fans across the state of Texas in time for the Rice vs. Texas game on Saturday, Sept. 3, when the Owls take on the Longhorns from Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT (with a re-air at midnight CT). Grande Communications serves the Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Midland/Odessa, Waco, Corpus Christi and Dallas markets.
“As a Texas based company, Grande understands the passion our customers have for Texas sports,” said Matt Murphy, President, Grande Communications. “We are pleased and very excited to make Longhorn Network available as part of our cable television offerings.”
Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, “Grande customers across the state of Texas will have access to more Longhorn content than ever before.”
Longhorn Network Channel Positions are:
SD HD Austin 29 829 San Marcos 29 829 San Antonio 29 829 Corpus Christi 33 833 Waco 25 825 Midland 33 833 Dallas 33 833
LHN will be available online, on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.
Prior to Saturday’s kick-off, the two-hour Texas GameDay - the only pre-game show exclusively from inside the stadium – at 5 p.m. will give fans all the insights, analysis and excitement they’ve come to know from ESPN’s College GameDay pre-game show. Then, Longhorn fans will see the debut of Texas GameDay Final – a two-hour dedicated post-game show televised immediately after the game exclusively from the field. Monday at 7 p.m., Rewind with Mack Brown will breakdown all the plays and action from the team’s first contest. Finally, Tuesday at 8 p.m., Texas Football Overdrive will present the Rice vs. Texas game in an enhanced format featuring interviews, sound and analysis that bring viewers an inside look at the game.
Longhorn Network Coverage of Sept. 3 Season Opener:
Date Time (CT) Program Sat, Sept 3 5 p.m. Texas GameDay Sat, Sept. 3 7 p.m. Rice vs. Texas Sat, Sept. 3 10 p.m. Texas GameDay Final Sun, Sept. 4 12 a.m. Re-air Rice vs. Texas Mon, Sept. 5 7 p.m. Rewind with Mack Brown Tues, Sept. 6 8 p.m. Texas Football Overdrive
And that will do it.