18.Jul.2012 Pac-12 Network Business Model
Looks like the Pac-12 network will not be available in online only format. In short, this means you'll have to order 3000 channels you never watch and don't want in order to watch a dozen Beaver games.
The interview with Reynolds basically nixes any short-term hopes at an online-only subscription are pretty much dashed here.
Jeff Taylor: If you live outside of the Pac-12 footprint (say in New Jersey), will there be the possibility to get one of the regional networks or an al a carte package with cable or online to allow you to view only the games of university you graduated from?
Kirk Reynolds: In order to get the Pac-12 Networks you do need to be a subscriber to one of our distribution partners. We do not have a la carte options. Subscribers outside of the footprint would likely get the national network through a sports tier and would have access to all of the regionals on your computer, tablet, smartphone through your provider’s TV Everywhere service.
Jeff Taylor: Has the Pac-12 Network considered the possibility of having a stand-alone subscriber service where fans could pay a subscription fee and get an individual login to watch games online?
Kirk Reynolds: This question has come up quite a bit, but a la carte is simply not an option. You do have to subscribe to one of the distribution partners to get the networks.
Online only would have been great for fans (especially those far away from Oregon/the West Coast and those without the means to purchase full cable), so it's no surprise it didn't happen. We live in a "the corporation is always right" world and this is about Comcast et al gutting fans for $70 a month to watch Jersey Shore and other trash when they'd only be able to charge 1/10th of that for online-only network content. I'm not against Capitalism, but I am against monopolies and cartels.
So much for innovation and putting the fans and universities first, Larry Scott.
By the way, this is the same Kirk Reynolds who used to be in charge of public affairs and wrote this canned response when I complained about the officials in 2010: http://angrybeavs.com/athletics/3637
Looks like he got a promotion.