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Report: Time Warner interested in picking up Longhorn Network?

Case McCoy, D.J. Monroe, Darius Terrell AP

The Longhorn Network is turning one year old in August and still looking for a home run carrier to pick up the channel’s content.

Time Warner Cable would be a pretty darn good start.

Per Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman, Texas and Time Warner are no closer to reaching a distribution deal, but…

But an industry source told me Time Warner is interested in trying to buy the Longhorn Network or at least partner with ESPN on the property, for which ESPN is shelling out $300 million over 20 years. Time Warner representatives at the corporate office have not returned phone calls for several weeks, and the cable provider won’t even disclose the last time it negotiated with ESPN. ESPN has failed to reach any distribution agreements with major cable providers or satellite companies.

In a statement Sunday, Time Warner said, “We had discussions with ESPN (about distribution), and we did not come to an agreement on terms for a contract that would allow Time Warner Cable to distribute the Longhorn Network. At this time, there aren’t plans to carry the Longhorn Network.”

Whether “at this time” means “just not right now” or “never”, having TWC a part of the deal would be a heck of a boost for the LHN, which  got off to a slow distribution start out of the gate last year. That shouldn’t have been completely unexpected — remember, there’s no template for running a third-tier network of this magnitude — but eventually the network is going to have to do something other than tick off other Big 12 members if it’s going to be a sustainable operation.

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7 Responses to “Report: Time Warner interested in picking up Longhorn Network?”
  1. 69jaredallen69 says: Jun 25, 2012 2:59 PM

    If I have to start paying for that crap of a channel I will be pissed…don’t do it TWC!

  2. kwgator says: Jun 25, 2012 4:25 PM

    How about picking up the NFL Network first?

  3. macbull says: Jun 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    I am a Time Warner customer and here in the mid-west, we already have the Big Ten Network and I have NO interest in this Longhorn Network.

    Time Warner customers have been asking for the “NFL Network” for years and the TW management claims it’s just too expensive…yet Time Warner wants to go spend money on the freaking Longhorn Network???

    I strongly urge Time Warner to take the money they plan to spend for the Longhorn Network and put those funds toward securing an agreement to provide their customers with the NFL Network. That would make a lot more sense than adding another college network.

    Maybe Time Warner should ask their customers what they would prefer, the NFL Network or the Longhorn Channel ?

    take poll…you can mark me down as a YES vote for the NFL Network and a NO vote for the Longhorn.

  4. kcrobert10 says: Jun 25, 2012 7:30 PM

    This is yet another reason why when I bought my new home I dumped twc and got direct tv. There reception was bad the lack of NFL network and Sunday ticket. I’m happy I switched. News flash twc the nfl network is a huge deal and the longhorn network is only important to Texas fans in Texas and maybe the few thousand that left Texas and the rest of us pray return to texas. Just kidding Texas guys I lived there to for 5 years it wasn’t that bad.

  5. mrlaloosh says: Jun 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    Deloss Dodds is a moron.

  6. rsmeans says: Jun 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    Why would anyone be interested in the Long Horn network, The network will eventually die on the vine.

  7. crindal3000 says: Jun 26, 2012 12:30 PM

    Long horn network + no NFL network = Direct TV

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