FiOS TV subscribers put their eyes on Longhorn Network
Aug. 25, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- Joining a growing lineup of regional and national collegiate sports networks on FiOS TV, Longhorn Network has arrived on FiOS just in time for the start of the college football season.
With almost 4.4 million subscribers nationally, Verizon is the largest video service provider to date to announce the addition of Longhorn Network to its channel lineup. Verizon can be found in 12 states, plus the District of Columbia.
The national distribution agreement with Longhorn Network (LHN) will allow UT fans to start watching the network on Thursday, Sept. 1. FiOS TV Ultimate HD subscribers outside of Texas can watch LHN on Channel 320. In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch LHN on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition).
"The Longhorns have a huge presence in Texas, with a passionate fan base that extends across the country," said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. "Verizon's early commitment to this network speaks to the university's popularity and the consumer demand for this content."
In the near future, LHN also will be available online, on tablets and on smartphones for fans with a Verizon FiOS TV plan, making University of Texas programming easily available anywhere, anytime.
"We know Texas Longhorns fans are among the most loyal and enthusiastic in college sports, so we're pleased to add the Longhorn Network to our already robust sports lineup on FiOS TV," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "The addition of this groundbreaking collegiate sports channel adds to Verizon's commitment to bring the best in sports and entertainment and overall video content to our customers."
'Game Plan With Mack Brown' and 'Texas GameDay' featured for season opener
On Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Central, "Game Plan with Mack Brown" will look at what the Longhorns must do to beat Rice in UT's season opener.
At 2 p.m., five hours before kickoff against Rice, the two-hour "Texas GameDay" -- the only pregame show broadcast exclusively from inside the stadium -- will give fans all the insights, analysis and excitement they've come to know from ESPN's "College GameDay" pregame show, before kickoff at 7 p.m.
Immediately after the game, Longhorns fans will see the debut of "Texas GameDay Final" -- a two-hour dedicated postgame show televised exclusively from the field.
Additionally, on Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., and every Monday following a football game throughout the season, "Rewind with Mack Brown" will break down all the plays of the previous Saturday's game. Each Tuesday at 8 p.m. "Texas Football Overdrive" will present the game in an enhanced format featuring interviews, sound and analysis that bring viewers an inside look at the game.
Consumers can obtain more information on the FiOS TV plans available in their area by visiting http://www22.verizon.com/Residential/FiOSTV/Plans/Plans.htm or calling 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).