Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 22, 2013
A high-ranking ESPN executive said Thursday that he has "no expectation of an imminent deal" that would put the Longhorn Network on Time Warner Cable’s lineup.
Justin Connolly, senior vice president of programming for LHN and ESPN’s other college networks, said the two sides are in "constant communication," but haven’t been able to reach an agreement to carry Austin-based LHN, which launched two years ago this month.
"With patience and hard work, I hope we’ll be able to get there within the next year or future years," he said.
Asked late last week about the status of talks, Time Warner Cable provided this statement to the American-Statesman: "We have had discussions with ESPN about the Longhorn Network but we don’t have an agreement with them at this time."
Right now, LHN is available in about 1.5 million Texas homes, Connolly said. Carriers who offer the network include Verizon FiOS, Grande Communications, AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Google Fiber, which is set to enter the Austin market next year.
ESPN is currently in talks with Dish Network, according to Connolly, and it’s possible a deal might be reached that would add LHN to the satellite provider’s lineup.
"There’s a whole host of products and services on the table," he said. "It’s a broad-ranging discussion."
Also Thursday, LHN said it would air a simulcast of the Sept. 7 Texas-BYU game that’s set to be carried by ESPN2.
The network has previously announced that it will exclusively carry three UT games this season: New Mexico on Aug. 31, Ole Miss on Sept. 14 and Kansas on Nov. 2.
The broadcasts, as well as pre- and post-game coverage, will include analysis from former UT running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.