Comcast, home to 22.3 million cable subscribers has decided to end their agreement with the Big Ten Network and will no longer be carrying the channel as of May 11th. First reported on message boards, and confirmed by Hammer And Rails, Comcast appears to have cut the cord with paying BTN any fees.
Hi Joe. I apologize for any inconvenience. At this time, BTN has been removed from our line-ups as of April 11th in most regions, while some regions are still under contract until May 10th. You can still watch most live games at https://t.co/zNsVuJ9XxK - Noah— ComcastCares (@comcastcares) April 12, 2018
well this seems significant: Big Ten Network apparently won't be available on Comcast after May 10 https://t.co/LDI5BhKMaR— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) April 12, 2018
It does not take a genius to know with the rise of subscription based services such as Youtube TV, Playstation Vue, DirectTV Now and other alternatives to see that Comcast has put themselves in a bad spot here. Here is a nice tweet just to remind you that Comcast is awful.
When u see that Comcast is dropping the Big Ten Network but u remember ur already on that DirectTV train. pic.twitter.com/wLK2rwKh8v— Z itch (@zaj128) April 12, 2018
While this may not be a huge blow for the fans back in Lincoln and Omaha who mainly deal with Cox and Spectrum as their cable providers, it affects the rest of the Big Ten in a large way. Many Nebraska graduates who live in Chicago have Comcast, along with those residing in other midwestern states such as Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, etc. Losing access to Big Ten Network would be a blow for not only the football team, but also other sports such as volleyball, and basketball.
Last year, Nebraska had five football games on BTN, including three of their four wins! The Men’s Basketball team had 20 games on BTN and the Women’s Basketball team had six more. Add in Nebraska Volleyball, and you have a lot of Nebraska content missing from Comcast subscribers television.
This is a developing story, and we will keep you posted if the BTN and Comcast can reach an agreement.
Some further clarification from Comcast media relations.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) April 12, 2018
The markets that will continue to receive BTN are Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
States not on this list are considered out-of-market.
It appears that if you are in the traditional Big Ten footprint, you will still get BTN. However, if appears that BTN is unhappy with Comcast as they have now called them out via twitter.
Comcast XFinity has decided unilaterally to drop BTN in many markets. All of their competitors still carry BTN everywhere. We at BTN share your disappointment. Let Comcast know how you feel.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 12, 2018