IU TV schedule released

  • 09/11/2007 10:32 am in

bigten.jpgThe Hoosiers’ 2007-08 television schedule’s just been released, and guess what: Big Ten Network rules the day:

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Nov. 4 North Alabama (exhibition) Bloomington, Ind. 12 p.m. BTN
Nov. 10 Pembroke State (exhibition) Bloomington, Ind. 8 p.m. BTN
Nov. 12 Chattanooga Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN

CHICAGO INVITATIONAL CHALLENGE
Nov. 18 Longwood Bloomington, Ind. 12 p.m. BTN
Nov. 20 UNC Wilmington Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN
Nov. 23 Illinois State Hoffman Estates, Ill 8:30 p.m. BTN
Sears Centre
Nov. 24 Xavier/Kent State Hoffman Estates, Ill 6/8:30 p.m. BTN
Sears Centre

ACC-BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Nov. 27 Georgia Tech Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 1 at Southern Illinois Carbondale, Ill. 9:30 p.m. ESPNU
Dec. 3 Tennessee State Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN
Dec. 8 Kentucky Bloomington, Ind. 4 p.m. CBS
Dec. 15 Western Carolina Bloomington, Ind. 8 p.m. BTN
Dec. 22 Coppin State Bloomington, Ind. 12 p.m. BTN
Dec. 29 Chicago State Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN
Jan. 2 at Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 9 p.m. BTN
Jan. 8 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 7 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 13 Illinois Bloomington, Ind. 1/4:30 p.m. CBS
Jan. 17 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN 2
Jan. 20 Penn State Bloomington, Ind. 2 p.m. BTN
Jan. 23 Iowa Bloomington, Ind. 9 p.m. BTN
Jan. 26 Connecticut Bloomington, Ind. 1 p.m. CBS
Jan. 31 at Wisconsin Madison, Wisc. 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Feb. 3 Northwestern Bloomington, Ind. 12 p.m. BTN
Feb. 7 at Illinois Champaign, Ill. 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2
Feb. 10 at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio 1 p.m. CBS
Feb. 13 Wisconsin Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. BTN
Feb. 16 Michigan State Bloomington, Ind. 9 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 19 Purdue Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 23 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. 8 p.m. BTN
Feb. 26 Ohio State Bloomington, Ind. 7 p.m. ESPN
March 2 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 12 p.m./2 p.m. BTN/CBS
March 5 Minnesota Bloomington, Ind. TBD BTN/ESPN/ESPN2
March 8 or 9 at Penn State University Park, Pa. 3 p.m. BTN/ESPN/CBS
March 13-16 Big Ten Tournament Indianapolis, Ind. TBD BTN/CBS

March 20-22 or March 21-23 NCAA Tournament First and Second Rounds
March 27-29 or March 28-30 NCAA Regionals
April 5-7 NCAA Final Four, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
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Grrrr. That’s — count ’em — at least 17, and as many as 21, games to be televised on the Big Ten Network this year, running the gamut from who-cares preseason exhibitions to mid-year showdowns with Wisconsin and Michigan State. It also looks like early portions of the Big Ten Tourney will be on BTN too.

It’s not like our Big Ten Network complaints go noticed by anyone anyway, but consider me officially angry. I’m angry at the Big Ten for caring far more about the bottom line than about ensuring as widespread a penetration for its athletics as possible, and I’m angry at cable companies like Comcast for stubbornly holding out on their right hand while they help roll out an SEC network (!!!) on their left.

Listen, assholes: You’re just forcing us away from your product. Instead of selling us all cable, building brand loyalty and getting our monthly fees, you’re pushing us into crowded areas (bars) where we will all share one TV and one satellite. Or, of course, we will just pony up next month’s disposable TV income on a dish of our own. If this — concentrating your market share to bars, and pushing 18-34 males away from service subscription — is your version of a solid business plan, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s just us loyal fans getting screwed, that’s all.

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  • John

    Love your site, I use it along with Peegs to keep up to date on Hoosier News here in Kansas.

    I don’t fit the 18 to 35 age bracket anymore, but I concur and have already subscribed to Direct TV and cancelled Time Warner cable so I can see the games. The demand here is high here as I can’t get Direct TV installed for another 3 weeks so I will miss some football games, but at least it will be up for baseketball season.

  • John

    Love your site, I use it along with Peegs to keep up to date on Hoosier News here in Kansas.

    I don’t fit the 18 to 35 age bracket anymore, but I concur and have already subscribed to Direct TV and cancelled Time Warner cable so I can see the games. The demand here is high here as I can’t get Direct TV installed for another 3 weeks so I will miss some football games, but at least it will be up for baseketball season.

  • Zappatista

    You tell’em E!

  • Zappatista

    You tell’em E!

  • Mike

    Comcast is short sighted because sports is a tv driver. People rarely switch providers to get Sprout or Noggin for their kids or DIY or HGTV for the wives, but they WILL make the switch for their sports programming.

    And they’ll take the phone and internet business with them…

  • Mike

    Comcast is short sighted because sports is a tv driver. People rarely switch providers to get Sprout or Noggin for their kids or DIY or HGTV for the wives, but they WILL make the switch for their sports programming.

    And they’ll take the phone and internet business with them…

  • Big A

    E,

    Get DIRECTV.

    Big A

  • Big A

    E,

    Get DIRECTV.

    Big A

  • TerryIU

    Direct TV looks pretty sweet right now!

  • TerryIU

    Direct TV looks pretty sweet right now!

  • Sharon

    I just want to keep up with Northwesterns women skeet shooting team. Thats why Ill pay the extra loot, BTN sucks a humongous d***!

  • Sharon

    I just want to keep up with Northwesterns women skeet shooting team. Thats why Ill pay the extra loot, BTN sucks a humongous d***!

  • iumatt04

    Well, so much for the argument that the Big Ten Network is only going to show 2nd and 3rd tier events. I think Wisconsin and MSU qualify as top notch games.

    Eventually Comcast will cave, when enough people call and complain or switch to Direct TV.

  • iumatt04

    Well, so much for the argument that the Big Ten Network is only going to show 2nd and 3rd tier events. I think Wisconsin and MSU qualify as top notch games.

    Eventually Comcast will cave, when enough people call and complain or switch to Direct TV.

  • h00sier

    I agree with iumatt04. Whether I’m happy about the BTN is immaterial now. It’s here to stay so my only choice will be to switch to either DirecTv or Dish. I’m not going to stay with Comcast and miss 17 IU games or spend all that time in some bar. Of course, I’ll be switching my internet provider as well and will not be signing up for Comcast’s phone service either (which was too high anyway) so they’ll be losing out on about $105 a month just from me. I’m a little concerned about the quality of signal I’ll be able to get with Dish or DirecTv with all the trees around my house. Anyone have an opinion which is better .. Dish or DirecTv?

  • h00sier

    I agree with iumatt04. Whether I’m happy about the BTN is immaterial now. It’s here to stay so my only choice will be to switch to either DirecTv or Dish. I’m not going to stay with Comcast and miss 17 IU games or spend all that time in some bar. Of course, I’ll be switching my internet provider as well and will not be signing up for Comcast’s phone service either (which was too high anyway) so they’ll be losing out on about $105 a month just from me. I’m a little concerned about the quality of signal I’ll be able to get with Dish or DirecTv with all the trees around my house. Anyone have an opinion which is better .. Dish or DirecTv?

  • Jordan

    I currently have BTN, and as a result got to watch a pretty solid looking Hoosiers (football?!?!) team – but lemme tell you, DirecTV is awful. You’ve heard how satellite signal can be a little finicky? Well, if my a.c. or heat kicks on, the signal goes out. If I turn on the stove, the signal goes out. It’s friggin’ ridiculous.

  • Jordan

    I currently have BTN, and as a result got to watch a pretty solid looking Hoosiers (football?!?!) team – but lemme tell you, DirecTV is awful. You’ve heard how satellite signal can be a little finicky? Well, if my a.c. or heat kicks on, the signal goes out. If I turn on the stove, the signal goes out. It’s friggin’ ridiculous.

  • ron

    Jodan,

    You might check to make sure the DirecTV system is grounded properly.

    ron

  • ron

    Jodan,

    You might check to make sure the DirecTV system is grounded properly.

    ron

  • Jeff

    IU plays on ESPNU. What BS….I used t be a fan. I guess I will now watch ACC since they play on ESPN about 3 times a week!!! BTN will see they are losing fans because during this time in our world there are more important things than paying extra to watch their network!

  • Jeff

    IU plays on ESPNU. What BS….I used t be a fan. I guess I will now watch ACC since they play on ESPN about 3 times a week!!! BTN will see they are losing fans because during this time in our world there are more important things than paying extra to watch their network!

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