Fans of sporting events featuring the University of Arizona. Stanford University, the University of Oregon and others that are part of the collegiate alliance known as the Pac-12 can now watch games on the go.
Pac-12 Networks, the multimedia company of the Pac-12 Conference that is wholly owned by the 12 university members, has struck a pact with Dish Network’s Sling TV service that makes all six of its regional feeds available to customers who subscribe its “Sports Extra” add-on package. Sling TV is Pac-12 Networks’ first over-the-top provider and will let customers watch Pac-12 games regardless of their location, the companies said in a statement Thursday. The deal will make the Pac-12 feeds available on a national basis, helping fans avoid regional broadcasting restrictions.
“Our six regional networks, featuring 800 live sporting events and all-access original programming, will now be available over-the-top on Sling TV for Pac-12 fans across the country,”said Pac-12 Networks’ president, Lydia Murphy-Stephans, in a statement. “Sling’s innovative delivery model and great interface makes it incredibly easy for our fans to stay connected with their favorite Pac-12 school, team and sports.”
The deal gives Pac-12 Networks a foundation of sorts to negotiate similar deals with other carriers. The feeds include Pac-12 Arizona which features sports content from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University; Pac-12 Bay Area, which represents University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University; Pac-12 Los Angeles, which represents University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California; Pac-12 Mountain, which highlights University of Utah and University of Colorado; Pac-12 Oregon, which features University of Oregon and Oregon State University; and Pac-12 Washington which broadcasts games from University of Washington and Washington State University.
The agreement could serve as a foundation upon which Pac-12 might seek other streaming deals with different carriers.