The Pac-12 has announced another distribution deal today that could impact lots of local readers, this one with Wave Broadband. Here’s the release with details:
Pac-12 Enterprises, the content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, has reached a new, long-term agreement with Wave Broadband for carriage of Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Washington and Pac-12 Oregon to subscribers in the Sacramento, Seattle and Portland areas, respectively.
Wave Broadband is a part of WaveDivision Holdings, which includes Astound, offering Pac-12 National and Pac-12 Regional Networks to its customers in their service areas as announced Monday. Collectively, WaveDivision Holdings serves over 325,000 subscribers in Northern California, Washington and Oregon, and will offer networks dedicated solely to the Pac-12 Conference and its member institutions.
One Pac-12 national network and the Pac-12 regional network that aligns with customers’ area college will be available to Wave Broadband Basic customers starting August 15, when the new networks launch. The new agreement allows subscribers to enjoy the hundreds of live sporting events, including football games, more than 130 men’s basketball games and other specialty content that will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks.
“We are delighted to offer our customers the Pac-12 Networks’ compelling, sought-after events and programming from the Pac-12 conference; this is truly a testimonial of our commitment to delivering the quality programming our customers ask for,” said Arah Peck, CMO of Wave Broadband. “Our commitment to delivering the programming our customers want at the best possible value will continue to be a pledge to our customers.”
During the first few weeks of the 2012 football season, the Pac-12 Networks live football schedule features matchups appealing to customers across Wave’s three markets including home games from Stanford, Cal, Oregon State and Washington in the first week, followed by Washington State and Oregon making their Pac-12 Networks debut in week two.
“With college football right around the corner, we are thrilled to reach an agreement with Wave, ensuring their subscribers access to some of the most-highly anticipated football matchups of the season,” said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises. “The Pac-12 Conference and its football programs have consistently been among the last teams standing in the hunt for the national championship in January and we’re excited to showcase 35 Pac-12 football contests as part of our inaugural programming schedule this season.”
In addition to 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.