The Pac-12 and DirecTV are working on a deal to get the conference's television networks, Pac12Nets, on the satellite provider before the start of the regular season, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
That doesn't necessarily mean a deal is imminent, and last-minute snags are always possible in these situations, Wilner says. But a deal struck before the start of the season wouldn't take long to translate to the networks hitting the airwaves, with groundwork already being laid for signal transmission. Wilner says he's heard nothing on a similar deal with DirecTV's rival provider, Dish Network.
DirecTV could be the only hope for many fans to see the networks this season. Time Warner cable has added them to its cable package in Los Angeles, but neither Cox nor Comcast have made them available yet in major markets such as Chicago and Washington, D.C. You can find out if the conference's network is available in your area with this channel finder.
SB Nation's Spencer Hall recently penned a wonderful feature on the new network.
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