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Comcast, Big Ten Network reach agreement

Comcast Corporation and the Big Ten Network (BTN) have reached an agreement that will allow the media company's subscribers to view sporting events and other original programming from the universities beginning in late summer.

According to a press release issued June 19 by the network, Comcast will carry BTN programming "across television, broadband and video-on-demand."

"Under the terms of the agreement, Comcast initially will launch the network as part of its expanded basic level of service to promote it to the majority of its customers residing in states with Big Ten universities (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, with the exception of the Philadelphia region which will launch on a broadly distributed digital level of service) starting August 15th. (Comcast does not have systems in Iowa, the eighth Big Ten state.)," the release states.

"In Spring 2009 Comcast may elect to move the network to a broadly distributed digital level of service in most of its systems in these states."

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