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Big Ten Network, Atlantic Broadband Agree To Carriage Deal
Published August 26, 2009
DOWN TO THE WIRE: In Pennsylvania, Derek Levarse notes Service Electric Broadband Cable in Wilkes-Barre "does not have a deal to carry" BTN, and BTN President Mark Silverman and Penn State AD Tim Curley yesterday said that it "looks 'extremely doubtful' that a deal will be reached with Service Electric in time for the start of the football season." Silverman said that a deal "would likely have to be in place by Friday or Monday in time to have" the September 5 Akron-PSU game available to Service Electric's approximately 65,000 subscribers (Wilkes-Barre TIMES LEADER, 8/26).
GAINING TRACTION: In DC, Tim Lemke writes college sports networks "have gained big traction among sports fans and cable operators." Silverman said of BTN, which launched in August '07, "We're further along than I thought we'd be. I feel pretty good about our progress." TV sports analyst & consultant John Mansell: "Most new networks that are sports networks are going to reach the subscribers they expect to reach within five years. So it's getting to that point where they are getting a good saturation level" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/26).