Longhorn Network secures distribution agreement with Grande Communications
Sept. 2, 2011
Grande Communications will make the Longhorn Network (LHN) available to University of Texas fans across the state of Texas in time for Texas Football's season opener on Sept. 3. Grande Communications serves the Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Midland/Odessa, Waco, Corpus Christi and Dallas markets.
The network, dedicated to all things University of Texas, features its first football game on Sept. 3 when the Rice Owls take on the Longhorns from Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Central (with a re-air at midnight Central).
"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 is currently 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.
LHN will be available online, on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription in the near future.
'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.
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.