Longhorn Network Reaches Pact With Time Warner

Erich Schlegel

The largest stumbling block to acceptance of the Longhorn Network in Texas has been pushed aside.

UT's biggest win over the weekend came on Friday when it was announced that Time Warner Cable -- the largest provider in the state reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the Longhorn Network.

Time Warner has over 2 million customers in Texas, all of whom now have the LHN available on their expanded basic cable package.

If I were a betting man - and I have been known to be one on occasion - I would bet that the final negotiations included "future considerations" on the part of ESPN in their negotiation over the clearance of the SEC Network in Texas.

Time Warner joins AT&T U-Verse as the most recognizable names of providers offering the LHN. Other carriers include: Grande Communications, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS TV, Google Fiber, Consolidated Communications and En-Touch Systems.

There are three other major carriers out there that ESPN is still working on getting clearance - Comcast, DirecTV and Dish.

One other piece of news over the weekend that portends what ESPN wants for both the LHN and the SEC networks was the announcement of a "TV Everywhere" deal with AT&T U-Verse.

U-Verse customers who get Longhorn Network as part of their service will be able to access the network's live events on devices such as a PC, iPhone, or iPod from anywhere.

Customers will simply provide their AT&T U-verse ID number and password to access live content online at LonghornNetwork.com while they can download a free app for their iPhone and iPod.

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