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August 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Pac-12 announces deal with Frontier Communications

As the Aug. 15 date for the launch of the Pac-12 Networks inches closer, the conference has announced today another distribution deal, this one with Frontier Communications to carry the Pac-12 Networks in the Pacific Northwest. Frontier has systems in Oregon, Washington and Indiana.

And in a press release, the company specifically cited the requests it had gotten from UW fans to carry the Pac-12 Networks.

Here’s the press release:

EVERETT, Wash., August 1, 2012 – Frontier Communications today announced an agreement to provide the Pac-12 Networks to FiOS TV customers in the Pacific Northwest starting on August 15, when the new networks launch. FiOS TV from Frontier will carry hundreds of live events and other specialty content including 35 football games, more than 130 men’s basketball games for fans of Washington and Oregon Pac- 12 Conference teams .

“Frontier continues to celebrate the spirit of excellence in the Pacific Northwest by bringing the excitement and tradition of the Pac-12 to our FiOS TV customers in Washington,” said Rich Klena, Washington Senior Vice President and General Manager, Frontier Communications. “Fans will be able to follow all the great college action that the elite Pac-12 Conference is sure to deliver.”

During the first three weeks of the 2012 football season, the Pac-12 Networks will televise five games from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State, including San Diego State at Washington and OSU’s home opener in week one, as well as Fresno State at Oregon and head coach Mike Leach’s home debut at Washington State in week two.

“With football season and all of the Fall sports fast approaching, the Pac-12 Networks will be providing great content to our fans on a daily basis, and we are delighted that Frontier customers are now part of that,” said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises. “We are in a unique position to tell stories that haven’t been told before about our student-athletes, our coaches and our universities. Frontier customers will now have the opportunity to follow and become more engaged with their favorite teams.”

In addition to all of the live games, the Pac-12 Networks will feature shoulder programming that will include pregame and postgame shows, football coaches’ shows and Classic Games, among others. Frontier subscribers will also be able to watch games from all six regions on Pac-12 Now, the TV Everywhere platform that allows fans to watch games on connected devices like the computer and iPad.

Klena went on to say, “Our Washington customers have been asking for the Pac-12 Networks and we listened to them. It is a pleasure to bring our customers the kind of programming that they so enthusiastically support.”

The Pac-12 has deals with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Bright House as well as the National Cable Television Cooperative. It is still working on deals with DirecTV and Dish, among others.

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