Longhorn Network Secures Distribution Agreement with Grande Communications
Network Available to Subscribers in Time for Rice vs. University of Texas
ESPN and Grande Communications announce that the Longhorn Network (LHN) will be available to University of Texas fans across the state of Texas in time for the Rice vs. Texas game on Saturday, Sept. 3, when the Owls take on the Longhorns from Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. CT (with a re-air at midnight CT). Grande Communications serves the Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Midland/Odessa, Waco, Corpus Christi and Dallas markets.
“As a Texas based company, Grande understands the passion our customers have for Texas sports,” said Matt Murphy, President, Grande Communications. “We are pleased and very excited to make Longhorn Network available as part of our cable television offerings.”
Added David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, “Grande customers across the state of Texas will have access to more Longhorn content than ever before.”
LHN will be available online, on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.
Prior to Saturday’s kick-off, the two-hour Texas GameDay – the only pre-game show exclusively from inside the stadium – at 5 p.m. will give fans all the insights, analysis and excitement they’ve come to know from ESPN’s College GameDay pre-game show. Then, Longhorn fans will see the debut of Texas GameDay Final – a two-hour dedicated post-game show televised immediately after the game exclusively from the field. Monday at 7 p.m., Rewind with Mack Brown will breakdown all the plays and action from the team’s first contest. Finally, Tuesday at 8 p.m., Texas Football Overdrive will present the Rice vs. Texas game in an enhanced format featuring interviews, sound and analysis that bring viewers an inside look at the game.
Longhorn Network Coverage of Sept. 3 Season Opener:
Date Time (CT) Program
Sat, Sept 3 5 p.m. Texas GameDay
Sat, Sept. 3 7 p.m. Rice vs. Texas
Sat, Sept. 3 10 p.m. Texas GameDay Final
Sun, Sept. 4 12 a.m. Re-air Rice vs. Texas
Mon, Sept. 5 7 p.m. Rewind with Mack Brown
Tues, Sept. 6 8 p.m. Texas Football Overdrive
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to all things University of Texas in partnership with UT and IMG College which has the exclusive right to sell advertising. Longhorn Network, launched August 26, 2011, offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 200 exclusive events annually from 20 varsity UT sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. Additionally, the LonghornNetwork.com broadband companion to the TV network will offer extensive content. LHN is available to customers of Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision, Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications and nationally on Verizon FiOS TV.