Aug. 30, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - This message is to inform some of you who are Big Ten Network viewers.
As you may know, BTN reaches more than 50 million homes nationally through partnerships with more than 300 cable, satellite and telco providers. The network televises more than 80 Boilermaker events every year, and it will carry Saturday's football game against Eastern Kentucky.
However, the carriage agreement between Dish Network and BTN is set to expire Saturday. Dish Network plans to drop BTN from its programming lineup before Saturday's season opener.
The American Television Alliance has reported that during carriage disputes Dish Network has dropped 22 networks from its channel lineup in the past two and a half years alone, including sports networks like MSG and SNY, which broadcast NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS games, and non-sports networks like AMC that air popular shows such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Now, Dish Network plans to drop BTN before the first Saturday of the college football season. If you want Dish to keep BTN in its programming lineup so that you can continue to watch the Boilermakers this season, plus the premiere of The Journey: Big Ten Football 2012, Tailgate 48, #BTNLive, 105 men's basketball games, 55 women's basketball games and your other favorite Big Ten Network programming, here's what you can do to help:
Thanks for your continued support of BTN, an valuable partner to Purdue athletics.