BendBroadband to carry Pac-12 Networks

BendBroadband Subscribers Will Enjoy Hundreds of Live Pac-12 Sporting Events When Networks Launch on August 15, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - Pac-12 Enterprises has reached an agreement with Bend Cable Communications to carry the Pac-12 Networks, providing BendBroadband customers in Oregon with 24/7 access to their favorite teams in the Pac-12 Conference, it was announced Wednesday. 

The new agreement allows BendBroadband subscribers to enjoy the hundreds of live sporting events, including 35 football games and other specialty content that will be featured on the Pac-12 Networks. The new networks launch August 15, with Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 National on BendBroadband's Essentials tier in Standard and High Definition. BendBroadband also plans to launch Pac-12's TV Everywhere service as part of its "bendbroadband2go" platform.

"BendBroadband chose to carry the National and all six Regional nets because the Pac-12 Conference is very important to our Central Oregon Community," said Amy Tykeson, BendBroadband CEO. "We are excited to provide fans from each of these regions access to coverage of their favorite teams." 

During the first three weeks of the 2012 football season, the Pac-12 Networks will televise three games from Oregon and Oregon State, including OSU's home opener in week one and Oregon home games against Fresno State and Tennessee State in weeks two and three.

"With football season and all of the Fall sports fast approaching, the Pac-12 Networks will be providing great content to our fans on a daily basis, and we are delighted that BendBroadband customers are now part of that," said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises.  "We are in a unique position to tell stories that haven't been told before about our student-athletes, our coaches and our universities. BendBroadband customers will now have the opportunity to follow and become more engaged with their favorite teams."

The Pac-12 Networks, which consist of one national and six regional networks, are scheduled to televise 850 live sporting events in the first year, including 35 football games, more than 130 men's basketball games and hundreds of Olympic sports. In addition to all of the live games, the Pac-12 Networks will feature shoulder programming that will include pregame and postgame shows, football coaches' shows and Classic Games, among others. BendBroadband subscribers will also be able to watch games from all six regions on Pac-12 Now, the TV Everywhere platform that allows fans to watch games on connected devices like the computer and iPad.

About Pac-12 Enterprises
Pac-12 Enterprises is the new content and multiplatform media company for the Pac-12 Conference, a leader in collegiate athletics that includes 12 of the most prestigious universities in the world and a nation-leading 451 NCAA titles across 27 sports. Headquartered in San Francisco, Pac-12 Enterprises was created in 2011 to develop and launch the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital, and to control the distribution of the Pac-12 intellectual property rights in sports and other Conference initiatives. Launching August 15, 2012, the Pac-12 Networks are full-time native HD linear networks available to video programming operators, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It will consist of a national network and six regional feeds that will televise hundreds of live sporting events annually and provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. Pac-12 Digital encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital initiatives across the company.

About BendBroadband                                               
BendBroadband is a family-owned, local company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Central Oregon facilities include more than 1500 miles of fiber and coax infrastructure and wireless facilities which cover all Central Oregon communities. Services include metropolitan optical Ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services.  High-speed Internet options provide speeds up to 100 Mbps, with 1 GigE offerings available. The company serves rural customers over a 4G LTE fixed-wireless network, one of a few such broadband networks in the nation. In 2011, the company opened the BendBroadband Vault, a Tier III, SSAE 16, LEED Gold-certified data center with hosted storage for primary site and disaster recovery needs, equipment colocation and managed services.

BendBroadband was among the first companies in the United States to convert to a 100% digital video signal and offers a spectrum of video services, including multi-room DVR and TV Everywhere service to tablets and mobile devices. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth, and by supporting an array of arts and entertainment in Central Oregon.  In the community, BendBroadband provides extensive local sports coverage, civic programming and local features created and produced by COTV, channel 11 and 611.

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