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Pac-12 Networks still working to expand

The Pac-12's TV venture has taken a little time to get going.

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AT&T U-verse reaches deal with Pac-12 Network

The Pac-12 plans to televise 750 sporting events this year, including 35 football and 150 men's basketball games.

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Pac-12 declares war on DirecTV

Larry Scott wants you to give DirecTV the boot.

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Pac-12 Networks, Dish Land Deal In Time For Saturday

Pac-12 Networks and the DISH Network have agreed to terms on a multi-year broadcast agreement, with broadcasts beginning on Saturday.

Currently, DISH Network is the only satellite provider offering Pac-12 Networks. DirecTV and Pac-12 Networks remain in talks. Brian Floyd of CougCenter points out that the Pac-12 Networks' deal with DISH may pave the way for a deal with DirecTV, as the Pac-12 Networks now have leverage.

The Pac-12 Networks will air 35 college football games and more than 140 men's basketball games. Adding in Olympic sporting events throughout the season puts the total at more than 800 events annually.

DISH subscribers are being offered a free preview of the Pac-12 Networks this weekend. The following games will be aired for DISH network subscribers on Saturday:

• Sacramento State at Colorado, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 445
• Eastern Washington at Washington State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 446
• Southern Utah at California, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• Fresno State at No. 4 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• Duke at No. 25 Stanford, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 445

For the latest on all things college football, be sure to check out SB Nation's college football hub. Also be sure to check out Pacific Takes, SB Nation's Pac-12 blog.


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The Pac-12 Networks: Broadcasting To You Live From The Future

SB Nation's Spencer Hall was on the scene for the launch of the Pac-12's new TV network, an operation far beyond anything else in college sports.

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Pac-12 Networks Launch, Ushering In New Era For Conference

As the Pac-12 prepares for another exciting season of collegiate sports, Wednesday marks another milestone for the conference as their television network officially goes online for your viewing enjoyment.

Going live at 6 p.m. PT this evening, the Pac-12 Network will begin with what's sure to be one of its flagship programs in Pac-12 Live. This program will provide a basic overview of the Network, a look ahead to the upcoming college football season, as well as a look back at how some Pac-12 athletes fared in the recent Olympic games in London.

Following that will be the one-hour conference football preview, which will take a look at how the Pac-12 should fare in 2012-13. Then, you'll see a replay of last year's Pac-12 Championship game between Oregon and UCLA, starting at 8:30 p.m. PT.

You can also follow along with the Pac-12's Yogi Roth (and SB Nation's Spencer Hall and Drew Dunlevie, who are live on the scene), who will be live tweeting the inaugural day of the network as action unfolds.

For more on the Pac-12 conference, make sure to check out Pacific Takes.

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Pac-12 Network To Include Six Regional Channels, One National And Multiple Distributors

On the heels of a gigantic media rights deal with Fox and ESPN, the Pac-12 has announced the details of its newly formed conference network. The Pac-12 Network is set to broadcast a slate of programming that includes football inventory held back from the primary media rights deal, as well as Olympic sports and other Pac-12-centric programming. In order to form the network, the Pac-12 pulled in the services of Comcast, Bright House and Cox and Time Warner to form six regional networks, as well as a national network.

Pac-12 football games will be assigned to Fox, ESPN and the Pac-12 Network through a lottery of sorts, with each of the networks rotating the first picks on a week-to-week basis. Between ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Network, all football and men's basketball games will be broadcast on television. The Pac-12 made a conscious decision to hold inventory out of the primary deal in an effort to give the Pac-12 Network a head start and make it more enticing to networks and distributors.

The Pac-12's decision to create multiple networks, including regional channels that cover the six travel partners in the conference, should allow for easier distribution and locally-aimed programming. By partnering with multiple cable networks, the Pac-12 Network should also find it easier to gain widespread distribution, a common problem for new networks trying to get off the ground.

The Pac-12 will not, however, hand over the conference network to the various cable companies involved. Instead, it will keep ownership over the newly formed networks, and keep all the equity as part of the deal. The Pac-12 will own and control the newly formed national and regional networks over the life of the deal. The Pac-12 Network will launch in August 2012, just in time for the start of next year's football season.

For more college sports, stay tuned to SB Nation's NCAA football and NCAA basketball hubs, and browse our huge list of team blogs.

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