Big Ten announces BTN conference TV schedule for 2016-2017

  • 09/19/2016 11:14 am in

The Big Ten Network announced its television schedule for the conference portion of the 2016-2017 men’s basketball season on Monday morning and Indiana will again be prominently featured on the network.

The Hoosiers will have at least six conference games aired on BTN. The announcement also included several non-conference games that will be aired on BTN Plus. The full schedule and release from IU are available below. In addition, our schedule page has been updated to reflect today’s announcement.

The Big Ten Network will broadcast six of the Hoosiers Big Ten contests during the 2016-17 season. BTN will carry IU’s league opener on December 28 against Nebraska at 7 p.m. The Hoosiers also will host Rutgers on January 15 and travel to Penn State on January 18. The Network also will air the Hoosiers visit to Northwestern on January 29.

In the month of February, Penn State will travel to Bloomington on February 1and the Hoosiers will visit Minnesota on February 15. IU might play one more game on BTN February 25 or 26 against Northwestern.


Four Games Can Be Seen on BTN Plus

The Hoosiers two exhibition games and two regular season games can be seen on BTN Plus. IU has exhibition games scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 1 and November 5. In addition, IU will host Liberty on Saturday, November 19 , at 7 p.m. and Austin Peay on Thursday, December 22 at 7 p.m. on BTN Plus.

BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events available on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription. BTN Plus content features live games produced by students at Big Ten universities. A subscription to BTN Plus on BTN2Go does NOT require a Big Ten Network TV subscription with a TV provider. A monthly pass is available for $9.95, while an annual pass for school specific content is $79.95 per year.

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  • SCHoosier

    Interesting that there are still four pre-season games listed as TBA. So week that not even B-10 plus wants them?

  • TomJameson

    I have a subscription to BTN, and now I have to pay $20 bucks for a 2 month subscription to a crappy service to watch 4 games that should have been on BTN to begin with?? I for one will miss those games … Unless the Student-U, tapes them and turns the tapes over to BTN. At least, that’s the explanation I got from BTN when I complained about it.

    I call for a boycott of BTN Plus !

  • Fifer39

    I live outside the US and subscribed to BTN2Go last year thinking it would stream any games being shown on the BTN network. Wrong. It only showed games that were specifically bring aired on the online platform, 2 exhibitions I think. When I complained they said that was a decision that was down to the individual school and I never got any response from IU.

    Now I’m mightily confused with this BTNPlus thing. I only want to know whether it’s possible to watch all BTN games online somehow without a BTN tv channel subscription which is not available overseas. Any help gratefully received.

  • bleeding crimson

    So, B10 will air the bottom dwellers on regular B10 but we have to pay extra for the upper tier games? What a joke….it all comes back follow the money. This is just not right not is the quality. I agree with TJ….we need to boycott btn plus.

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  • bleeding crimson

    BTN is getting to big for it’s britches…..What does the SEC/ACC do? Anyone knows?

  • IUBizmark

    I’ll be skipping the BTN Plus games. Otherwise, if you extrapolate this pattern out into the future, half the games will be on one network, the other half will be on another network and we’ll be paying double to see all the games. Not to mention the fact you already miss approximately one game a year that’s on one of the random ESPN networks. Less value for more money? Sounds like a monopoly.

  • Fifer39

    Brilliant! Didn’t realise there was an international version. Wonder if I can convince my wife to get me it for Christmas…? Many thanks Alex.

  • TomJameson

    Before you purchase anything, better find out about the international version’s content. I would think it would be different, but no guarantees it will carry all BTN games. Might be a lean toward soccer. 🙂

    The “down to the individual school” part was the same answer I received as well. They said it was up to the “Student-U” to tape the games, then get them to BTN. I was told (remember the grain of salt) that BTN would be happy to air any game the Student-U sent them, from any B1G school.

  • TomJameson

    They televise all their games. I guarantee that, here in Newburgh/Evansville area, we could watch all the UK games … every single one, as well as their midnight madness night. I remember trying to find an IU game on the radio once, couldn’t do it (probably lost my patience too fast .. lol) but did run past three stations carrying a UK game. Probably the reason I lost patience so fast.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I live in the Chicago area and we rarely get IU games on the BTN.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Do the schools and/or the Big Ten Conference receive any of the proceeds from the BTN subscription fees?

  • Fifer39

    Yes, that’s probably good advice Tom. The blurb suggests “all BTN televised content” is available but I’ll wait until the schedules confirm the games will be on before I subscribe.

    The “down to the individual school” answer I received applied to a game that was televised live on BTN but wasn’t available on BTN2Go. So presumably they had the coverage but I’ve no idea why it would be up to the school to then decide whether it could also be streamed online.

  • Kyl470

    You should be able to get the games on BTN2Go either through your smart TV or computer. All you need for that is to have a cable subscription plan than carries BTN.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I completely concur, Tom.

    I reached my limit with BTNPlus season before last. It’s one thing to be taken advantage of but it’s like BTN is laughing out loud at IU fans.

    I’m happy to sit with a beer and listen to Fisch.

  • thrawnjan

    I’ve had the international package for two years. They showed all games, even the ones originally broadcast by ESPN (few hours later). When youbwatch them on demand, you get all the commercials Cut out. Bonus!

  • Kwang

    I agree, Tom. The streaming video quality is really poor, as well. I regretted it last year.

  • HardRockHoosier

    I agree.. BTN is a sham. If those games are not attractive enough to air on the regular BTN network.. I’m certainly not going to buy them. Last time I did that, the quality was not that good.. I’ll listen to it on the radio. Forget BTN.

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  • TomJameson

    I’m sorry, I wasn’t very clear. The school doesn’t decide anything, they just get the film to BTN so it can be televised.

    An example may paint the picture better. The Nov. 19 game with Liberty will be on BTN plus as part of their streaming content (BTNtogo). The Student Union (Student-U) can film the game and send the content to the Big Ten Network. BTN will then televise the game on their normal BTN channel on a 2-3 day delay. Probably will have to pre-emp the 144th showing of the 2010 B1G Tiddley-Wink championship game to do it, but what the heck.

    If BTN does not plan on televising the game, and instead decides to only air it on their streaming side, the only way it will get televised is if the Student-U sends it into BTN. They will televise it in only that instance. That is what I was told. I had them repeat themselves, well … repeatedly. lol

  • TomJameson

    I’m not sure you can Kyle. I think you can get some content without a subscription, other than your cable subscription, but not that content.

    Not sure of that though, think I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  • Kyl470

    You can’t get content that is on the BTN Plus just what is on the regular Big 10 Network. So the exhibition games and the two regular season games you could not watch online without a subscription. But if IU is on Big 10 regular you can log in to watch it live. I remember last year the game before IU involved Purdue and the game ran over its scheduled time. I logged into my computer and I was still able to catch the first 5 minutes of the game before the TV switched over.

  • Fifer39

    Great – thanks for the confirmation.

  • Fifer39

    OK, got it. Well as long as this international subscription is all you need to see all the BTN games I’ll be happy. Definitely feel for everyone over there though now having to take out multiple subscriptions just to see all the games BTN has rights to. Just a complete con.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, that’s more like I was thinking … Thanks for the clarification.

  • SilentBob

    It blows my mind, that a conference with some of the best business schools in the nation, can be such crap at eh… Business. If you want me to pay extra, then give me extra. Don’t take something away we already had a deal on, and then try to sell it to me twice. I could write an essay on how terrible of an idea this is, but I don’t need to. It should be obvious it’s a rotten deal for everyone besides those few students that get to work on the broadcast of those games. I have better things to spend my time on than squinting my eyes to distinguish whether it’s Rob Johnson or Josh Newkirk glitching the ball up the court. Let alone money.

  • Bill Graham

    Hate that ESPN doesn’t have more conf games. I have Roku and Sling. Its $20 a month vs the arm, leg, and rights to my grandkid’s cars that Time Warner wanted. Wish the BIG 10 network would get with the rest of the world and sell their channel to Sling like everyone else.

  • Michael McColly

    “Business is business” as Willy Loman’s boss tells us in Arthur Miller’s famous American classic play about the culture of the bottom line that drives the successful business. The Big Ten’s business schools drive each of their institutions–all some of the biggest businesses in America. Big Ten Network is a business as is mega media master Comcast. You’re asking them to consider what’s right? what’s fair? what’s good for us plebs sitting in the cheap seats? No a good grad student in any Big Ten Business school would recognize in a minute that fans are special breed of consumer (that’s all we are) who WILL pay more to enjoy watching his alma mater. And they know this. Too bad for us. I listen to the games on radio and try to do some work around the house. That lasts about half way through the first half. At that point, I’m into like when I was 10 years old. I’m a fan. I can’t help it.

  • SilentBob

    Yea no. Consumers drive business. They could sell us a mass of different things for different levels. None of which guarantee a bottom line. There’s more on the line than just a simple number. This is a terrible way to power up the brand. The unseen is more important than the trivial few dollars it may bring in. A privately funded school would never take this kind of insane risk. It doesn’t matter if this fails for them, the states of each University involved will continues to funnel them insane amounts of dollars.

    I’m not asking them to be fair. What’s fair? Free? I’m asking them to sell a good product, and this isn’t it.

  • SilentBob

    And if you want to spend your money on this then by all means. I won’t pressure anyone otherwise. Maybe they will find a way to improve the product with your money. I doubt it though