WHERE TO WATCH
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 Networks will be available in millions of homes across the country when they come to life Wednesday. But the viewing situation for the national network and six regional feeds is complicated -- it depends on your location and your video provider. The basics: Regardless of where you live, a cable subscription to one of the Pac-12's partners, which include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Cox, is required to watch either the national network or any of the six regional feeds. The vast majority of subscribers who live within the league's six-state geographic footprint will receive the regional feed on a basic (or digital basic) tier and the national network on a sports tier. Bay Area viewers with a Comcast cable subscription can watch the regional feed on channels 433 (standard definition) and 823 (high definition). The national network is available on a sports tier on channel 434. Viewers in Los Angeles with a subscription to Time Warner Cable can watch the regional feed on channels 245 (standard) and 370 (high) and the national network, using TWC's Sports Pass, on channels 246 (standard) and 369 (high). Many viewers who live outside the league's geographic footprint will have the option to watch the national network on a sports tier (again: a subscription is required). Cox subscribers are the major exception. The company has the right to show the Pac-12 Networks on all its systems but plans to access to a handful of states outside the league's footprint. "We find it a little curious,'' said Gary Stevenson, president of Pac-12 Enterprises. "I'm not sure why they made that decision." Subscriptions will also allow fans to watch the Pac-12 Networks (any of the seven feeds) online through the league's TV Everywhere plan. The Networks will be available at launch on PCs, soon after launch on iPads, and within 90 days of launch on iPhones and Androids. At the moment, there is no carriage agreement with AT&T, Verizon or either of the major satellite operators, DirecTV or Dish Network. However, negotiations are ongoing. "There's nothing I've heard that's discouraging from any of them,'' Stevenson said. "I don't expect them all on at launch, but we believe ... over time our fans will get what they want." Need help locating the Pac-12 Network in your area? The conference has a channel finder on its website at Pac-12.org.