The Pac-12 Networks launched on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. mountain time, with the debut program “Pac-12 Live” taking center stage.
Comcast has picked up the Pac-12 Network nationally, and will air the Pac-12 Mountain Network locally. Pac-12 Mountain is designated for more coverage of the Colorado and Utah programs. In the Denver/Boulder area, the main Pac-12 Network will be on Comcast Channel 430 (Ch. 840 for high definition, HD), with Pac-12 Mountain slated for Channel 431 (HD location to be determined). On the CU-Boulder campus, Pac-12 Mountain can be found on Channels 24 and 90.7, the latter for HD.
Other cable outlets across the nation have also signed on to carry the network, and the conference remains in negotiations to secure a satellite provider (e.g., DirecTV, DISH, etc.) but is hopeful that all will be place by the start of the football season. To check the channel and availability in your area, you can visit the channel finder at CUBuffs.com.
The new Pac-12 Networks will be event-centric, with plans to broadcast 850 live events across a variety of Pac-12 sports in the first year. The live event lineup will feature 35 live football games, including six over Labor Day Weekend, and more than 140 men’s basketball games. Because of high quality of competition across the Pac-12, cited by a record 451 national championships and 45 medals won by Pac-12 athletes/alumni at the recently-completed London Olympics, there will be almost an exact 50-50 mix of men’s and women’s events.
The network announced Wednesday that former Buff and Olympian Jeremy Bloom has joined the network as a football analyst, contributing to both in-studio and game broadcast coverage.
Bloom will make his broadcast booth debut with Pac-12 Networks at his alma mater Colorado September 8 when the Buffaloes host Sacramento State. Following that, he will be in-studio on football Saturdays on a rotating basis, contributing to pre, half and postgame shows.