Comcast Launches Big Ten Network on Friday

Aug. 14, 2008

CHICAGO - Comcast, the nation's largest cable television provider, launches the Big Ten Network on Friday. Fans with the network will be able to watch approximately 400 live Big Ten events this year and nearly all of them in high definition.

Channel numbers will vary by Comcast system and level of service customers receive. Beginning Friday, Comcast subscribers within the Big Ten's eight-state footprint can find their Big Ten Network channel number by using the ChannelFinder tool at On the website, viewers can enter their zip code and select their provider and level of service to determine their local channel assignment. Subscribers outside of the eight-state footprint should contact their local Comcast office.

The Big Ten Network studio team of host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith is more than halfway through a month-long preview of the 2008 football season on their tour of preseason practices at every Big Ten school. Check for the schedule.

Additional programming this fall includes Big Ten Tonight, the only nightly sports show dedicated to covering the Big Ten, airing at 10 PM ET; Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate presented by Nissan, the irreverent, off-beat program that airs Fridays at 8:30 PM ET and captures the excitement of game week on campus; and Illinois Football: The Journey, the network's all-access show that takes Big Ten fans deep within the Illini football program under head coach Ron Zook, airing Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET.

The network is offered in both standard and high definition. All football games that the network produces will be available to Comcast to place on "overflow" channels. Comcast will determine how it will offer those games. In addition, many new features will be available on Comcast video-on-demand.

The network is now available to about 70 percent of households within the eight Big Ten states.

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 more than 400 live events, and nearly all of them available 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 Olympic 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 offers approximately 40 football games, 140 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 has agreements with Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS and 230 cable operators and is now available to 55 million households. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to