Big Ten net, TW Cable in deal

Agreement gives network about 3 million more homes

The Big Ten Network and Time Warner Cable have reached a carriage agreement for the channel to be carried on TWC lineups in the eight states in which the conference schools operate.

The agreement in principle, announced Monday, follows the year-old channel’s distribution deal with Comcast that was inked in June. It will ensure that TWC’s customers in those states will have access to Saturday’s Big Ten college football season openers and all future Big Ten programming on an expanded basic level of service, the network said. The deal gives Big Ten about 3 million more homes, mostly in Ohio and Wisconsin, but also some located in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The deal follows contentious talks between the network and cable operator. Ohio State fans in particular had called for a resolution before the Buckeyes’ opener Saturday against Youngstown State, a game that will air exclusively on the Big Ten Network.

The Big Ten Network is a joint venture of the conference and Fox Cable Networks.
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