With the NFL season right around the corner, and the college football season already underway, it’s about time Time Warner Cable and the Disney company finished their epic negotiations over retransmission rights. Luckily, the news is all good for Time Warner (and Bright House Networks) subscribers. First off, ESPN is premiering a new ESPN Goal Line weekly channel to show off college game highlights, and TWC and Bright House have the exclusive rights to broadcast it. Presumably the exclusivity was a pot-sweetner, and time-limited. Here’s hoping the other operators get in on the deal soon.
Secondly, TWC and Bright House are getting on board with ESPN3, the online ESPN network that consumers can only get if their service provider signs up. And the Internet goodness doesn’t stop there. There’s also word that TWC and Bright House will be allowed to distribute ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU over the interwebs. The “TV Everywhere” service is promised not only for PCs, but also for mobile devices, with hints that the iPad will be on that list. Worried about late Mondays at the office? Just take your iPad with you, and you’ll be all set for Monday Night Football.
Of course, if that’ s not enough football for you, you can always go the Sunday Ticket To-Go route. (Not limited to DirecTV television service subscribers anymore) Who knew we’d have so many football choices this season?