Texas fans who have DirecTV at home just received one of the best pre-Christmas presents imaginable: Longhorn Network is finally coming in January.
The nation’s largest home satellite distributor was one of the biggest holdouts remaining who didn’t carry LHN. That changed Tuesday when ESPN and DirecTV announced a wide-ranging deal to carry various Disney and ESPN-related content, starting next year.
“This new agreement brings DirecTV’s already unmatched content offering and experience to a whole new level,” Dan York, DirecTV’s chief content officer said in a statement. “It also allows both companies to evolve together into the future and gives DirecTV customers a wide range of in-home and out-of-home viewing options to enjoy the broad collection of ESPN, Disney and ABC content.”
Texas officials could not be reached immediately, but it was known they were keeping close tabs on negotiations between DirecTV and ESPN.
Last March, Dish Network announced a similar agreement to carry Longhorn Network. At the time, ESPN senior vice president Justin Connolly described Dish as a game-changer.
“I don’t know exactly how DirecTV feels about us, but if nothing else, it certainly sends a sign that there’s buy-in with the second-largest satellite, third-largest provider nationally, for these networks,” Connolly told the American-Statesman. “I can’t help but think it sends a pretty clear signal to DirecTV that there’s opportunity here.”
Now that DirecTV is on board, the only major distributor still holding out is Comcast. Although it’s unclear how that company’s merger with Time Warner will affect negotiations. Time Warner already carries Longhorn Network.
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