Verizon FiOS Grabs the Longhorn Network
Largest service provider so far to add University of Texas net
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/25/2011 10:41:19 AM
Verizon becomes the largest service provider so far to add the network, which will focus on the athletic program at the University of Texas. The distribution agreement begins Sept. 1. Verizon customers in Texas can find the LHN on channel 79 (SD) and 579 (HD), while those outside of the state can find it on channel 320. Verizon plans to make LHN available online, on tablets and smartphones in the near future.
"The Longhorns have a huge presence in Texas, with a passionate fan base that extends across the country," said David Preschlack, EVP, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. "Verizon's early commitment to this network speaks to the university's popularity and the consumer demand for this content."
Terry Danson, VP of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, added: "The addition of this groundbreaking collegiate sports channel adds to Verizon's commitment to bring the best in sports and entertainment and overall video content to our customers."
The University of Texas' football team begins its season Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. CT, against Rice University.
The Longhorn Network is owned and operated by ESPN.
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