Illinois fans can watch 11 Illinois games free of charge on BigTenNetwork.com
Oct. 31, 2008
Chicago, Ill. - The Big Ten Network is launching a streaming initiative that will include more than 100 events this year and will nearly double the number of women's basketball games available to fans. The majority of games will be streamed with the assistance of the Big Ten universities through their in-arena video boards and accessing their local radio calls, and will be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com at no cost to fans.
This season, the network is streaming all men's basketball exhibition games and any nonconference game that conflicts with other live programming on the network - a total of 37 games - while 107 games will be televised. Fifty-six women's basketball games will be streamed and, when combined with the 64 women's games that will be televised, the exposure for women's basketball is nearly doubled. Other sports that could be streamed this year include hockey, wrestling, baseball and softball.
President Mark Silverman said that with overflow channels only available during football season, the network has decided to stream the conflicted games and offer them free to fans. "Next year, we plan to significantly upgrade the quality of our streaming production through enhanced technology while offering more events online," he said.
The network is looking to eventually match the 400 live events currently planned to air on the network with an additional 400 streamed events that previously would not have been televised.
The first streamed game is a men's basketball exhibition contest Champaign Sunday, with Florida Southern taking on Illinois
The streaming schedules for basketball are listed below; the schedule of televised basketball games was announced earlier this fall and can be found at BigTenNetwork.com.
The link for the season for Illinois is: here
About the Big Ten Network:
The Big Ten Network is the first national network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 400 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the destination for Big Ten fans across the country and allows fans to see their favorite team, regardless of where they live. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Big Ten Network showcases a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televises more NCAA-sponsored sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. Each year, the network televises approximately 35 football games, 105 regular season men's basketball games, 55 women's basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Championship events, a nightly studio show, coaches' shows and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, the network currently has agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and 230 cable operators.