ESPN today announced that the Longhorn Network will be part of the Verizon FiOS line-up in time for the opening of college football season.
The national distribution agreement with the Longhorn Network will allow fans of FiOS and the Longhorns to start watching the network on Sept. 1. FiOS TV Ultimate HD subscribers outside of Texas can watch LHN on Channel 320. In Texas, FiOS TV Prime HD, Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers can watch LHN on Channels 79 (standard definition) and 579 (high definition).
“The Longhorns have a huge presence in Texas, with a passionate fan base that extends across the country,” said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks in a press release. “Verizon’s early commitment to this network speaks to the university’s popularity and the consumer demand for this content.”
“We know Texas Longhorn fans are among the most loyal and enthusiastic in college sports, so we’re pleased to add the Longhorn Network to our already robust sports lineup on FiOS TV.” said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon, “The addition of this groundbreaking collegiate sports channel adds to Verizon’s commitment to bring the best in sports and entertainment and overall video content to our customers.”
At the current time Verizon FiOS service is not available in Austin, TX, home to the University of Texas.