Bright House close to deal with Big Ten Network

August 26, 2008

Officials for local cable television provider Bright House Networks said they expect to finalize a deal later this week to carry Big Ten Network programming. A deal would make Big Ten sports programs available to 120,000 households in central Indiana that don't have access to the network.

Comcast, the other major cable provider in the Indianapolis area, reached a deal earlier this summer to carry the Big Ten Network, which launched last year.

The Big Ten Network and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement late yesterday for the channel to be carried on Time Warner's line-up in time for the kick-off of the college football season this weekend.

Bright House is an independently owned cable operator with close ties to Time Warner Cable. The Time Warner deal gives the Big Ten Network access to about 3 million more television homes in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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