The very last hurdle for the Big Ten Network has been cleared as far as Big Cable is concerned. As Wolf Blitzer of CNN would say, “Happening now…” BTN has reached an agreement with Mediacom to have the channel appear on Mediacom systems in Iowa and Minnesota.
JOINT STATEMENT FROM MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS AND BIG TEN NETWORK
Middletown, New York and Chicago – August 28, 2008 –announced today that they have reached an agreement to carry the Network in time for Saturday’s opening of the Big Ten college football season. MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (Nasdaq: MCCC) and the Big Ten Network
Mediacom will launch the Big Ten Network in phases on its expanded basic level of service in states with Big Ten universities. The agreement also includes the network’s high-definition and video-on-demand programming. Mediacom customers will be notified when the network becomes available in their community.
There are a few smaller cable companies that have not made agreements with the Big Ten Network, but the channel is in negotiations with them as this is becoming a very good start to the second year of BTN.