The Pac-12 Networks plan a full evening of programming when they go live at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Pac-12 Networks will launch at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) with the show “Pac-12 Live,” a studio show that will focus on football, Olympics and an introduction to the one national and six regional networks.
At 7 p.m., the Pac-12 Networks plan an hour-long conference football preview show.
The premiere of “Conference of Champions” follows at 8 p.m. Conference of Champions showcases the success that current and former Pac-12 students, alumni and faculty have had both on and off the field. The series premiere focuses on a trio of the conferences No. 1 overall NFL draft picks — Drew Bledsoe, Andrew Luck and Alex Smith.
The Pac-12 Network will then rebroadcast the Pac-12 football championship game from 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
In the Coachella Valley, Time Warner Cable customers can receive two Pac-12 Networks — one channel devoted to USC and UCLA (Pac-12 Los Angeles) and another channel that focuses on the entire conference (Pac-12).
Time Warner Cable Desert Cities digital customers who subscribe to the Variety Package will receive the Pac-12 Los Angeles Network on channel 570 in high definition and channel 470 in standard. Digital customers can also receive the Pac-12 National Network by subscribing to the sports package. The channel numbers are 571 in high definition and 471 in standard.
As of Tuesday afternoon, only Time Warner Cable has a deal to carry the new networks. Satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network along with Verizon FiOS have not reached an agreement.
Here are some other key points for fans interested in watching the Pac-12 Networks:
OTHER DEVICES: The Pac-12 Networks will be available at launch on PCs, soon after launch on iPads and within the next 90 days on iPhones and Androids.
TV EVERYWHERE: In addition, Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to Pac-12’s live programming also will be able to access the other regional Pac-12 Networks online via TV Everywhere. The other regional networks are Pac-12 Washington (Washington & Washington State), Pac-12 Oregon (Oregon & Oregon State), Pac-12 Bay Area (Stanford & Cal), Pac-12 Arizona (Arizona & Arizona State) and Pac-12 Mountain (Utah & Colorado). To access the TV Everywhere, customers simply need to log in with their TWC ID to verify their subscription at video.pac-12.com.
HOW MANY LIVE EVENTS: The Pac-12 Networks will air 850 live events during the 2012-13 school year, including UCLA’s Sept. 15 football game against Houston and USC’s Sept. 22 football game against California. Every football and men’s basketball game not televised by ESPN or Fox will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks. Interestingly, five Pac-12 football games and 90 men’s basketball games were not televised last season. Every game will be televised live this season.
HOW MANY FOOTBALL GAMES: ESPN and Fox will each broadcast 22 games, with 35 games on the Pac-12 Networks. ESPN and Fox were allowed to protect four games to air on their networks. The Pac-12 then got the first or second choice for television of the remaining games in seven of the 13 weeks.
HOW MANY OTHER EVENTS: The Pac-12 Networks will air 143 men’s basketball games. The rest of the programming will be dedicated to Olympic sports, which include women’s basketball, softball and baseball. The national network and six regional feeds will all show the same 350 events. Each regional feed also will broadcast approximately 100 events involving local schools (in our case USC and UCLA).
LEAGUE WEBSITE: With Wednesday’s launch, the league’s website is changing to Pac-12.com.
In a separate blog Wednesday morning, I’ll post the Pac-12 Networks football preview schedule and which early-season football games will be televised.