Dish Network picks up Longhorn Network
Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 3, 2014
Dish Network will add the Longhorn Network to its lineup, the company announced Monday.
As part of a multi-network deal the nation’s second-largest cable provider reached with ESPN, which runs LHN, Dish Network has also committed to carrying the soon-to-launch SEC Network.
Terms of the multi-year agreement weren’t revealed.
Dish Network has about 14 million subscribers nationwide. The company didn’t say Monday when customers would start receiving LHN.
Other cable and satellite companies that carry LHN include AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber, Grande Communications and Time Warner Cable. DirecTV, Dish Network’s primary competitor, doesn’t offer Austin-based LHN to its subscribers.
Other Disney/ESPN networks set to join the Dish lineup for the first time as a result of the deal include Disney Junior, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line and Fusion.
Video-on-demand offerings, including those for mobile devices, will increase, as well.
And four networks will be available in high definition for the first time: ABC Family, the Disney Channel, ESPNEWS and ESPNU.
There is some bad news, though. Dish will disable its AutoHop feature on Disney/ESPN programming. The technology, which spawned several lawsuits from ABC and other broadcasters, allows subscribers to skip over TV commercials.