Erich Schlegel

Longhorn Network is still with us, alright

The Texas-only network run by ESPN sure is still around.

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Longhorn Network makes playing Texas worthless

Rather than facing a marquee opponent in a nationally televised game, the Rebels will be consigned to the lightly watched Longhorn Network this season. How'd that happen?

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Texas-Ole Miss to be on LHN, plus Big 12 TV sched

The Longhorns and Rebels will be showcased on the Longhorn Network, which raises the question of how many people will be able to watch. Here's that and the rest of the Big 12's early season TV schedule.

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Replacing Mack Brown: How'd you like to be on TV?

The Longhorn Network may soon need to replace the man playing the role of Football Coach. The perfect candidate is easy to name.

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Longhorn Network, AT&T U-verse Have A Deal, SB Nation Reports

The Longhorn Network will be available on AT&T U-verse, as the television provider has flipped the switch to offer the University of Texas-themed sports channel as of early Friday morning -- it's now Channel 1609. Paul Wadlington of SB Nation's own Barking Carnival broke the news Thursday night, with details following shortly after from our Burnt Orange Nation.


Say goodbye to the invisible Longhorn Network with Shutdown Fullback.

The news is great for Texas fans, who were put in a bind by the decision to air the team's season opener against Wyoming on the ESPN-affiliated channel which many cable companies have balked at carrying. Before the deal, the Longhorn Network was only available to a very slim minority of viewers even in the Austin television market.

AT&T's cable package, on the other hand, has 6.8 million subscribers in 22 states, making the provider only the second national service to carry the network.

The Longhorn Network will also carry Texas' second game against New Mexico as well as games across 20 Texas varsity sports and is in talks to carry a third football game.

For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

While we’re here, let’s watch some of the many fine college football videos from SB Nation’s YouTube channel:

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Texas Football: Time Warner Interested In Buying Longhorn Network, According To Report

So far, the Longhorn Network might or might not have been the success ESPN was hoping for when it agreed to pay Texas $15 million a year. You likely still don't know anybody who's actually seen it, and its infrequent emergence into regular-folks television just gets everybody all mad.

But there's apparently something there that at least one other enormous media company is interested in, specifically Time Warner. According to the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls:

But an industry source told me Time Warner is interested in trying to buy the Longhorn Network or at least partner with ESPN on the property, for which ESPN is shelling out $300 million over 20 years. Time Warner representatives at the corporate office have not returned phone calls for several weeks, and the cable provider won't even disclose the last time it negotiated with ESPN. ESPN has failed to reach any distribution agreements with major cable providers or satellite companies.

An official statement from Time Warner denied that any business has been conducted here. None of this makes any sense to me, but I am also not an important television executive.

For more on Horns football, visit Texas blogs Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival, plus SB Nation Dallas.

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Longhorn Network Won't Pursue Texas Tech-Texas State Game, According To Report

Rumblings of ESPN looking to get the 2012 game between Texas Tech and Texas State onto the Longhorn Network reportedly had the Red Raiders thinking about just up and canceling the whole thing and playing 11 games. That would've meant losing money and paying a buyout to Texas State, but it would've also meant not supporting the state overlord's most overlordy project ever.

Now we might get to skip the latest bit of Big 12 drama:

It's actually a home game for the Bobcats, and since the WAC's TV rights line up such that ESPN gets this game, putting it on the Texas-centric LHN must've seemed like a good idea to somebody somehow.

For more on Red Raiders football, visit Texas Tech blog Double-T Nation.

While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together:

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