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Holes in the Coverage

Submitted by on May 20, 2010 – 1:43 pm2 Comments

Earlier this week, we talked about the three Pennsylvania cable providers who have not yet reached a deal with the Big Ten Network.  We cited the 34,000 Penn State alums who live in the areas serviced by those providers, and the thousands of fans who similarly are not able to watch their favorite team on a weekly basis.  But, as the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words. And also, they’re worth a thousand words.  So after the jump, there’s a nice graphical interpretation of what exactly this all means.

If you live in the blue, congratulations. You get to enjoy all the benefits that the BTN provides. Your cable provider understands the demand for Penn State fans to watch Penn State sports.  And, since most of the state is colored in, well, you probably get the Big Ten network.  And you know just how great it is.  And you sure wouldn’t want to give it up.

But if you live in the areas colored white, it means your local cable provider is either Metrocast, Blue Ridge, or Armstrong. It means you don’t get to watch every Penn State football game, and countless basketball games, baseball games, wrestling matches, and competitions in as many other sports as you can imagine.

60 out of 67 counties are lucky enough to have a cable provider that gets it. Once Comcast agreed to carry the Big Ten Network two years ago, we thought the fight was over, that the rest of the state would follow.  Unfortunately, the obstinance of three companies is preventing all Pennsylvanians, and all Nittany Lion fans, from achieving that goal, of universal BTN coverage.

Again, we must act.  If you’re unlucky enough to live in one of those counties, write to your provider. Or, switch to DirectTV or Dish Network. Just be sure to do it before September 4th, since I doubt ESPN will pick up the Youngstown State game, and I don’t think you’ll want to miss Game 1 of the Kevin Newsome (or Paul Jones) Era.

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  • Dnfo

    This map is not entirely accurate as I live in Lancaster Co. and have Blue Ridge Cable. They of course are one of the three hold-outs. Blue Ridge apparently has pockets of coverage all over eastern PA. I friend knows the B. R. owner and describes him as a “t**d”.

  • Dnfo

    This map is not entirely accurate as I live in Lancaster Co. and have Blue Ridge Cable. They of course are one of the three hold-outs. Blue Ridge apparently has pockets of coverage all over eastern PA. I friend knows the B. R. owner and describes him as a “t**d”.