Hoosier Hysteria streaming details, other event details

  • 10/20/2015 1:41 pm in

Hoosier Hysteria, the annual tip-off to the Indiana basketball season, takes place this Saturday in Bloomington as Assembly Hall doors will open at 5 p.m. ET with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

If you’re unable to make it to Assembly Hall, the Big Ten Network will be providing digital coverage via its streaming service, BTN Plus.

BTN Plus already has a page set up for Hysteria, which also has links to sign up for service in order to watch the event. The broadcast will begin at 6:25 p.m. ET and will be student produced.

“The quality of the streams have improved dramatically,” IU associate athletic director for strategic communications and fan experience Jeremy Gray said Tuesday. “IU, as manifested by being the first school to broadcast live, directly on national television with an all-student crew and student broadcasters, has made a huge leap in the quality of their streams.”

Fans can access the stream via a BTN Plus subscription, which is offered in two packages: school-specific or conference. The school-specific pass is $9.95 monthly or $79.95 annually and the conference pass is $14.95 monthly or $119.95 annually.

A subscription to BTN Plus is not included with a subscription to Big Ten Network.

Indiana’s two exhibition games — Tuesday, Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa and Monday, Nov. 9 vs. Bellarmine  — will also be broadcast on BTN Plus as well as the season opener on Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Eastern Illinois and a Monday, Dec. 9 meeting with IPFW.

Other Hysteria details

E! News personality, Martinsville native and IU graduate Catt Sadler will host Hysteria, according to a press release issued earlier this month by IU media relations.

Sadler currently serves as the co-anchor of “E! News Weekend,” can be seen hosting “E! News,” and is also a regular panelist on “Live From E!”.

Here are a few other details on Saturday’s festivities:

· Fans should enter Assembly Hall using the north entrance and the side stairwell entrances, which were previously closed. The south entrance of Assembly Hall is closed due to construction.

· Hoosier Hysteria will include skits, skill contests, scrimmages and autographs.

· Parking is free in and around Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium and fans are encouraged to come early and tailgate.

· Admission is free but fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item and donate it to Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

· The men’s team will sign autographs for an hour after the event in the Assembly Hall concourse. The Hoosiers will sign one item per person which includes a basketball, or calendar poster from the IU Varsity shop. Otherwise a card will be issued for the fan to obtain signatures. No outside products will be signed.

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  • TomJameson

    I will come out and say that it is complete BS that you HAVE to sign up for BTN Plus to see Hoosier Hysteria and those FOUR games. Talk about holding somebody hostage … BTN is showing itself to be greedy to the point of being offensive.

    I did that for 3 years running, and EVERY TIME the stream was horrible!! Slow, unresponsive, and constantly buffering. And yes, I had a very good PC during those trials.

    If I could afford it I would go to the real deal. As it is, I guess I just miss out, because I’m sticking to my guns and doing my personal boycott of BTN Plus.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Don’t worry. They’ll have reruns of The Journey for you to watch on the Big Ten Network.

  • Jeremy Jackson

    I live in Fort Wayne so hoping the IPFW game will be broadcast here on Frontier. I am with you Tom, done the stupid streaming stuff and always disappointed and I will not pony up the cash anymore. I don’t understand why these games and Hysteria are not shown at least on the BTN SD channels – heck I need to check to see if they are still on the air…

  • BigAl24

    I think there should be an article written about that the Hoosier Hysteria curse of recent years

  • TomJameson

    I will say that “sometimes” the games are replayed on BTN a day or two delayed. I would be fine with that, but it is up to the “Student U” to get the film to BTN. They haven’t been too reliable in the last few years, unfortunately.

  • straight no chaser

    Maybe we can volunteer as ball boys, Tom. Wait a minute; do they even have those in basketball? Okay, we’ll just have to get two opposing team cheerleaders drunk and steal their costumes.

  • cooper

    It’s a shame they make people buy a ball to get it signed for those who can’t afford it

  • rgd213

    Really surprised to here complaints on this…..They only get 35mil a school….How in the world could they air those games without charging EXTRA on top of the regular cost of BTN?

  • Zach

    1. BTN Plus is a joke.
    2. Don’t get the reasoning behind fans not being allowed to bring whatever they want to have signed
    3. Was wondering how they were going to get people in and out of the building with all the construction on the south side. Hopefully it works out.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m with you, i ain’t buying it either. it’s not so much the price as it is the principal. i think it’s because i still clearly remember the days when all the games were on good ol channel 4 (wttv) for free. not to mention, the picture quality way back then was better than what those jerks are streaming today.

  • INUnivHoosier


    Advertising. They can make money off this just like anything else.

  • marcusgresham

    I remember watching games on channel 4, too, but where I live it was grainy because we barely got the signal. Didn’t even care, though, we could see the game!

  • marcusgresham

    You don’t have to buy a ball. You can get the poster for something like $3. If you don’t want to buy that they’ll give you the smaller card for free.

  • marcusgresham

    Gotta raise money for Gerry DiNardo’s salary somehow!

  • marcusgresham

    While I kind of agree with #2, I can also see the possibility of some people bringing in god-knows-what to have signed that could be used to make the school/team look bad (for instance–somebody making an “I hate Purdue” poster. Not the worst thing in the world but probably not something the school would want to appear to “sanction.” And that’s just a mild example, things could be brought in far worse.)

  • Young Hoosier

    Certainly won’t be watching anything of BTN Plus. Just ridiculous. Too bad we can’t have it shown on ESPN3 or something. Watch ESPN is free!

  • TomJameson

    OMG … LOL … I will “forever” hate you for putting that picture into my head!

  • TomJameson

    The principle is exactly right. Yes, I can afford 10 bucks, but every time I think of how I can get every minute of everything Kentucky basketball … well, it just boils my blood.

    Why can’t an IU fan, IN INDIANA!!!, get full coverage like a Kentucky fan in Indiana????

  • Young Hoosier

    And Ohio State and Michigan games. And games where Indiana loses.

  • straight no chaser

    I know the corporate and other structures are complicated, but it does seem ridiculous that the games of a team representing a public university cannot be televised publicly for free.

  • Troll394124

    That’s one modest meal at a modest chain restaurant, if you don’t opt in for the $2.49 soda.
    I don’t have a BTN cable subscription because that requires a $100-per-month cable or satellite bundle (with extra set-connections, DVR, and taxes) for hundreds of channels I’d NEVER watch.
    I do have 35Mbit-downstream internet service, and BTNPlus live streaming is now flawless on my 2011 computer and even on my modest 2013 smartphone.
    I live almost two hours away, so $10 is cheaper than the gas to make the round trip to Btown.
    I have to be somewhere else at 7:30 that night for the next two hours, so I can watch it on my smartphone.

    So $10 (for a 30-day BTNPlus non-renewing subscription) for the opportunity to actually watch Hoosier Hysteria live on my computer, tablet, and/or phone is a deal.
    I get the added benefit of watching the IUBB exhibition games and the first non-conference game, plus IU Men’s Soccer and other non-revenue sports and replays on the other 29 days.

    Downside: I don’t get to stop at Mother Bear’s, Nicks, or Cresent Donuts.

  • TomJameson

    Oh yeah, just keeps getting better. I just realized that (NOT counting Hoosier Hysteria) to get all four games via BTN plus you need to subscribe for 2 months.

    10/24 —– Hoosier Hysteria
    11/03 —– Ottawa
    11/09 —– Bellarmine
    11/13 —– Eastern Illinois
    12/09 —– IPFW

  • cooper

    I understand but as a kid it would be much cooler to have a ball and it’s a shame a kid can’t bring his own. I get it but still. I’m a man of the people

  • Zach

    True. I guess it’s a precautionary thing. A couple years ago I got my IU cape I got from holiday world signed by Noah Vonleh at Hoosier Hysteria lol