As we gear up for the promise of another exciting college football season, it appears that more college football fans can look forward to Pac-12 action being brought into their homes: The Pac-12 conference and AT&T have agreed to the framework of a new tv deal, according to the Mercury News Group.
Per their conference sources:
The contract is weeks (and perhaps months) away from being finalized as the sides hammer out final details.
If all goes as expected, the Pac12Nets will be available on U-verse sometime this summer — probably just before the start of the football season.
U-verse has approximately 4.5 million customers, by the way. It’s the seventh-largest multi-channel video distributor in the country.
If the deal goes through, AT&T U-Verse will join Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bright House, and DISH networks as carriers of the network. This is of particular good news to those in the Northern California area, where only Comcast cable services are offered, of those providers that already carry the Pac-12 network. Comcast currently has a monopoly on the network, which has made viewing network-exclusive games in the Bay Area a challenge, as most bars and restaurants are DirectTV or AT&T subscribers.
Speaking of DirecTV: thought the Pac-12 is looking to expand with AT&T, they are still at an impasse and have shown no indication of moving forward with DirecTV, much to the chagrin of its customers.