A: BTN has been working very hard to complete an agreement with DIRECTV BTN has offered DIRECTV the same terms that have been agreed to by other pay-TV providers, however DIRECTV wants preferential treatment with terms that favor them alone. DIRECTV's current agreement with BTN ends on Saturday, August 30th. Unfortunately, we are disappointed to report that DIRECTV does not see the value in our network in the same way that so many of its customers do.
We remain committed to actively negotiating with DIRECTV in hopes of reaching a fair agreement. However, if DIRECTV drops BTN on August 31st, you should be aware of the facts so you don't miss any of your favorite BTN sports programming.
A: If you are a DIRECTV subscriber that receives BTN, then you are affected. We expect DIRECTV will no longer make BTN available to its subscribers.
A: Big Ten fans could miss everything available on BTN and BTN2Go, including 34 football games this season, available exclusively on BTN and BTN2Go, as well as football Saturday pre-and post-game shows and Emmy-nominated original series such as The Journey: Big Ten Football and The Journey: Big Ten Basketball. A full list is below.
A: Yes, only DIRECTV customers are affected. Fortunately, DIRECTV customers have alternatives, as all other major video providers offer BTN and BTN2Go.
A: All major video providers, other than DIRECTV, carry BTN and BTN2Go.
A: No. Our proposals are based on the value of BTN and the terms agreed to by other major distributors of BTN, and they are far less than DIRECTV charges for its own sports programming. By comparison BTN’s proposals are much lower than the reported cost of SEC Network, which was agreed to by DIRECTV.
A: Video providers such as DIRECTV are successful and profitable businesses. BTN, like all programmers, has no input on the prices they set for their customers or how much profit margin they choose to keep. BTN is doing its best to negotiate a fair deal.