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The Big Ten Network (BTN) recently beefed up its programming with a raft of new shows and on-air talents in time for its 10th-anniversary milestone. The pioneering media venture dedicated to covering the Big Ten conference 24/7 is now in more than 70 million homes across the United States and Canada.

If you are a supporter of any of the Big Ten schools or just an avid sports fan, what are your options in plugging into the channel that serves hours of live coverage and game highlights on the Big Ten conference games?

BTN Packages on DirecTV

For satellite TV subscriptions, DirecTV provides an array of packages to choose from. Except for the entry-level Select package and the second-tier Entertainment package, full access to BTN via channel 610 is available to DirecTV through four options.

The Choice package goes for $60 a month and comes with over 185 channels. Xtra is $70 a month with 230 plus channels covering a good mix of entertainment in high-definition like TLC, VICELAND, and Bloomberg TV. Ultimate is $75 a month with over 245 channels which include 100 high-definition and three ultra-high-definition channels. The top tier Premier package costs $125 monthly for over channels 325 such as seven HBO channels, 12 Starz channels, and nine Showtime channels.

DirecTV Package Monthly fee Channels
Choice $60 185+
Xtra $70 230+
Ultimate $75 245+
Premier $125 325+`

Other Cable Options for BTN

BTN is also available through the Dish network in four package options. The channel also has distribution agreements with Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, RCN, Service Electric, Shaw (Canada) and over 250 other cable operators in North America.

Cable services differ per area, as some providers carry BTN for free while others outside of the Big Ten states have it as part of a paid package.

BTN subscribers can also watch the channel using mobile devices through BTN2Go with a minimum connection speed of 3 Mbps. Viewers just need to log-in their TV provider credentials on the Internet to watch BTN. Aside from a live feed of the BTN programming, viewers can also access the network’s archive through BTN2Go.

BTN Programming

In a year, BTN televises more than 500 events and streams about 1,000 more on its online platform. The annual coverage includes about 40 football games, 120 regular-season men’s basketball games, Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 55 women’s basketball games, and Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament games. The channel also carries hundreds of additional Olympic sports events and dozens of Big Ten championship events.

But aside from sporting events BTN also produces a number of studio shows and original programming. The network’s signature series is The Journey, which has multiple Emmy nominations. Included in BTN’s original are Big Ten Elite, Big Ten Treasure Hunter, and the documentary Tiebreaker.

BTN’s 10-year Anniversary

Since its launch on August 30, 2007, BTN has made strides in expanding the reach of what was once seen as a novel idea a channel dedicated to a single athletic conference. At the time of its launch, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse were the only major carriers to broadcast the network, but Dish Network joined the party shortly thereafter. The major holdout in the Midwest was Time Warner cable, and this continued for a year or so before a deal was reached in 2008.

To commemorate its string of milestones BTN launched a multi-platform retrospective to capture its most iconic moments in network history for its 10th-anniversary celebration. These specials include 11 new shows and assorted content on digital and social platforms.