Report: Pac-12 fails to make deal with DirecTV

Saturday September 12th, 2015

The Pac-12 Network failed to make a deal with AT&T and DirecTV and will continue not appearing for those television subscribers, reports the San Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner.

The Pac-12 Network, owned completely by the conference, launched three years ago and is currently available to DISH and Comcast customers. AT&T, which owns DirecTV, was looking to buy a stake in the network, Wilner reported earlier this week.

Wilner reported Saturday Pac-12 officials “felt AT&T request for equity was too much,” and would have compromised the conference's business model and deals with existing partners. If AT&T bought in for a percentage of the Pac-12 Network, Wilner reports it was possible carrier fees for DISH and Comcast would have been reduced. 

The Pac-12 Network is currently available in 12 million homes. The Big Ten Network and SEC Network are far more widely available.

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The Big Ten Network is co-owned by Fox, while the SEC Network is co-owned by ESPN.

Wilner reports it's possible AT&T comes back with another offer, “but at this point [the deal] is off.”

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