The No. 1 question I’ve gotten about this week’s game with San Diego State has nothing to do with what may happen on the field, but how fans may be able to watch it.
So here’s a little refresher.
To begin, the game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
At the moment, the Pac-12 Networks have limited distribution, but the conference continues to work with the likes of DirecTV, Dish and Charter to try work out agreements. As I have written on here often, the word has long been that a deal with DirecTV was likely by at least the time of the first games — which suddenly are close at hand, as the Pac-12 Networks is due to show two games Thursday (Utah-Northern Colorado and Arizona State-Northern Arizona).
The conference does already have deals with Comcast and a few others (notably, Click!, Frontier, J&N Cable, Localtel, St. John Cable, Wave Broadband, and Coast Communications.)
The best way to find out if you get is through the conference’s Channel Finder. Just plug in your zip code and cable distributor and it tells you if you get it and where.
Fans are also advised to visit Comcast’s website or call 1-800-COMCAST to find the specific channel location in their area.
To clear up one point of confusion I sense, not every UW game will be on the Pac-12 Networks. At the moment, the only UW game scheduled for the Pac-12 Networks is San Diego State. The others that have been set already will be on various Fox or ESPN/ABC channels (here’s the schedule with the games that have already been selected for TV).
Many fans have asked about on-line viewing. Here is the direct answer to that from the conference, which states simply: “You need to have the Pac-12 Networks as part of your paid TV package in order to watch online. That’s the structure under which our Networks were set up.”
Obviously, if you live in the Seattle area but don’t get the Pac-12 Networks but want to watch the game, there is also the old-fashioned method of buying a ticket and attending in person — UW had sold 48,700 tickets as of Monday, so there are plenty of seats left.
If you live out of the area, the UWAA has a list of viewing parties that promise to show the game.