As the first weekend of the college football season gets under way Thursday night, it appears that fans of the Pac-12 Conference had better be Time Warner Cable customers if they want to watch their favorite school this weekend.
The Pac-12 Networks that launched two weeks ago will broadcast five games this weekend involving conference schools, and so far Time Warner Cable is the only cable provider in the Coachella Valley that has the Pac-12 Networks on its lineup.
As of Wednesday, the Pac-12 Networks was unable to reach a carriage deal with DirecTV and issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider.
The Pac-12 Networks will televise 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 football games this season.
“If you’re one of the fans who won’t be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men’s basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider,” the letter says.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News quoted an industry source as saying that talks were progressing until this week when DirecTV decided there was not enough interest in the opening weekend games on the Pac-12 national and regional networks to strike a deal.
No deal has been reached between the Pac-12 and Verizon FiOS or Dish Network either.
Some industry insiders believe a deal might not be reached between the satellite providers and the Pac-12 until close to the Sept. 22 game between California and top-ranked USC.
Here are the opening weekend games slated for the Pac-12 Networks. They can be found on channels 570 and 571 on Time Warner Cable in the desert.
Thur., Aug. 30
Northern Colorado at Utah 4:15 pm
Northern Arizona at Arizona State 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 31
San Jose State at Stanford 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 1
Nevada at California noon
Nicholls State at Oregon State noon (postponed, Hurricane Isaac)
San Diego State at Washington 7:30 p.m.