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The Longhorn Network has a home

Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Two weeks ago we told you that the controversial Longhorn Network was yet to find a carrier even though it was set to launch on August 26th. It was a situation that wasn't all that odd for a new network as it negotiated with cable providers to find a home, and I said in the post that I would be shocked if the network hadn't worked out a deal somewhere before it launched.

Well, there's no need for me to be shocked. It was announced on Thursday that the Longhorn Network had struck a deal with Verizon FIOS.

“We know Texas Longhorn fans are among the most loyal and enthusiastic in college sports, so we’re pleased to add the Longhorn Network to our already robust sports lineup on FiOS TV,” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon in a release.

Now this doesn't mean that everybody in the state of Texas will now be able to see the network, as FIOS is only available in northern Texas at the moment. Still, its market in the state does include Dallas and Fort Worth, which is a pretty nice start. The problem is that even though the network officially launched on Friday August 26th, FIOS will not begin carrying it until September 1st, two days before Texas' season opener against Rice is to be shown on the station.

As for other cable providers and homes throughout the rest of Texas, odds are that new deals will be agreed upon in the coming days. Television negoatiations work a bit like a domino effect, and now that one provider has agreed to a deal and groundwork has been laid, others should follow suit in the coming days. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:47 pm

The Longhorn Network has a home

Was somebody saying we wouldn't find any carriers?

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:32 pm

The Longhorn Network has a home

I really do not understand the draw for this "network".  The only things I can imagine that would be of interest to me would be the coach's show and maybe some college baseball.  Other than that, I would have absolutely no interest in any of the other programming.  It would be different if all the UT football games were on TV, but they are not. 

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:15 pm

The Longhorn Network has a home

Hope dish network adds LHN

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