The real story on the Big Ten Network, the Buckeyes and Time Warner

The Big Ten Network (BTN) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have been having a full page ad war in the Dayton Daily News (DDN).

The Big Ten Network is a last ditch attempt to milk cash out of College Sports- the last place where slavery is still legal in this country. The fans are getting squeezed, the bar owners too- and the fact is- all of this is buggywhip thinking.

No one needs a BTN- or TWC either. It’s called IPTV- or Internet Protocol Television- and it’s quite simple- the games should be available via the Internet in streaming HD format- for a simple pay per view scheme without ads, or free or reduced cost with ads.

Buckeye fans should be pissed- because they should have access to their team.

For the money both BTN and TWC spent having their argument- they could have probably added BTN to the digital tier without costing the consumers a cent.

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4 Responses

  1. D. Greene August 31, 2007 / 5:24 pm
    To hell with ALL of them. To hell wth Time Warner Cable for their overpriced, shoddy service, and for their MONOPOLY granted by the government.

    To hell with the Big Ten Network for lining ther pockets – if the represent these STATE schools then they are being funded at least indirectly by tax dollars. It seems like state oversight is needed in this situation.

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  2. gene August 31, 2007 / 7:02 pm
    DG is right…… our State Schools need to be more accessible via network TV. We already pay for the schools, and the stadium fills only 105K. Maybe we need a 11 Million seat stadium, but then again WE would pay for that as well.

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  3. Chris F. August 31, 2007 / 8:23 pm
    As a Buckeye fan, I’m just pissed that games aren’t available. Time Warner is right I think, and I think Time Warner generally sucks: if this network is available, it should be in a “sports package.” They are actually doing the right thing, even if it is because it is better for their profits.

    The same thing happened in Cincy: a network tried to blackmail TWC there to add ESPN College or something by putting the Crosstown Shootout (UC-Xavier) on it. I hope the internet will one day free me from this crap, as the original post stated.

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  4. gene September 4, 2007 / 5:31 pm
    How mad would you have been if you paid to get DirecTV and your team lost to Appalachian State…?……

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