We're finally here. The Pac-12 Networks are planned to launch Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT and, while there are still some pieces to be worked out, the plan is already unfolding.
The conference will provide a national network and six regional networks for 850 live events this year. The digital platform for the iPad is expected to be worked out within the week, and Pac-12 Now, the web channel, is already available to subscribers of the signed television providers.
Cox, Comcast, Bright House and Time Warner have reached deals with the Pac-12 and commissioner Larry Scott. DISH and DirecTV, the two main satellite providers, are still coming to terms with the conference.
In the Bay Area, Comcast cable subscribers should receive the regional network on Channel 433, with the national network on 434, according to the San Francisco Business Journal.
There is one main point to realize about today: the network will give viewers options.
Despite some holes related to the definition of the Pac-12 footprint, every football and men's basketball game should be available for those receiving the networks. In short, the kinks will be worked out over the next few months, and Scott does expect to sign at least one of the satellite providers in the short-term.
For perspective, Avinash Kunnath at Pacific Takes points out that the 48 million viewers under the signed providers' umbrellas are more than those available at the launch of the Big Ten Network. The footprint is patchy in some areas on the West Coast, but that doesn't mean it won't be ironed out.
Not everyone will get what they want right off the bat, of course. In the meantime, you can tweet #IWantPac12Networks to your providers if they're fussy about the giving you what you want and need.