We’re working on a story on how the ongoing standoff between the Big Ten Network and Insight/Comcast will affect IU basketball fans who are cable TV subscribers in the Herald-Times circulation area. We’d like your thoughts on the situation.
Here’s the situation at this point. With the Big Ten Network still not available on Insight cable, unless there is an unexpected breakthrough in negotiations soon, the two exhibition games against North Alabama (this Sunday at noon) and UNC Pembroke will not be available on Insight cable. And then, the first five regular season games will also not be available on Insight cable.
In all – including the two exhibition games – only two of IU’s 14 preconference games will be available on regular cable. The Georgia Tech game on Nov. 27 will be on ESPN and the Kentucky game on Dec. 8 will be on CBS. Other than those two, 10 of IU’s games before the conference season will be on the Big Ten Network (not available on local cable) and one, the Southern Illinois game on Dec. 1, will be on ESPNU, which is available on Insight only if you’ve purchased its Sports tier.
IU’s Big Ten opener at Iowa also will not be on cable TV locally, but then the situation improves with 10-13 of the final 18 regular season games available on what is expected to be Comcast at that point, after we have a switch from Insight to Comcast as the Bloomington-area cable provider in January.
So how do you feel about 16-19 of Indiana’s 36 regular season games not being available on cable? Will you switch to a satellite system to get the games or have you already? Will you go to a bar to watch many of the games? Or maybe you’ll listen to them on radio? Who do you hold responsible for the situation getting to this point?
If you live in the H-T circulation area and would like to share your thoughts for our story, please send them to me in an e-mail to [email protected] Please include your first and last name, your address and your telephone number. We won’t publish your address or phone number, but we need them to verify that you’re really who you say you are.
For all you Hoosier fans who live somewhere else or who don’t want your thoughts published in the newspaper, post your comments here.