PAC-12 Network debuted on August 15, 2012. The Network consists of 7 networks, (6 regional networks and a national network), focusing on sports-related events and activities surrounding the PAC-12 Conference schools. The PAC-12 is comprised of 12 universities, located in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. PAC-12 Networks are owned by the schools that comprise the PAC-12 Conference.
The 6 regional PAC-12 networks consist of:
Q. What is Charter's position regarding carriage of the PAC-12 Networks?
A. We are interested in carrying the PAC-12 Networks in a manner that takes into account the best interests of Charter customers, whether fans of the PAC-12 or not. The latest terms offered by PAC-12 Network do not do that. PAC-12 Networks’ terms require Charter to provide their programming to our customers at a very high cost per month, one that would surely influence the price of our service.
Q. Why does Charter refuse to provide PAC-12 Network, when there are customers who want to see PAC-12 Conference events?
A. Charter already provides many PAC 12 games on 8 national sports networks. In fact, most of the games scheduled on PAC12 Network would not have drawn enough viewer interest to be televised in the past. Even so, Charter is willing to offer PAC-12 Network to our customers when PAC-12 Network provides a much more reasonable monthly cost per customer and on terms more consistent with other similar sports networks.
Q. Would the addition of PAC-12 Network force Charter to raise its price for my cable service?
A. The cost of obtaining programming today, specifically sports programming can be significant, therefore it is something we evaluate very seriously. The cost of sports programming is at a level much greater than movies, news & other entertainment. Rest assured, we will take the proper time and consideration in determining whether or not to carry PAC-12 Network, and how carriage would provide value for our customers.
Q. What kind of feedback have you received from customers regarding this issue?
A. Following your favorite sports team is an emotional experience for many fans, so we have heard from a small segment of understandably passionate customers that want their team on TV every week regardless of which network carries the game or the price involved.
However, we have also heard from another significant segment of customers who are sensitive to the cost of new channels we add to our line-up. We are working hard, on behalf of our customers, to make the terms of our agreement with PAC-12 Networks reasonable.
Q. Is Charter alone in its position regarding PAC-12 Network?
A. No…certain other video distributors, such as DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS have not reached an agreement at present to carry PAC-12 Network.