TV Deal with ‘The Mountain’ may leave some fans in the dark

TV Deal with ‘The Mountain’ may leave some fans in the dark

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Boise State’s move to the Mountain West conference will affect much more than who their opponents will be and travel arrangements this upcoming season. The transition will also take the Broncos to the exclusive ‘Mountain Television Network’ for three of their in-conference games, along with six more games that will be shown on Versus and CBS College Sports.

While the TV deal surely sweetened the package economically for Boise State’s jump, it also decreased the number of fans that will be able to watch these games since The Mtn, Versus and CBS Sports don’t come standard on most TV packages.

Direct TV, Cableone and Dish Network are the three major television providers for the valley. Currently three quarters of Boise households will not have access to the full Boise State TV schedule. Only 31 percent of valley homes can view Versus and the Mountain Networks, and less than ten percent have CBS College Sports which will air three Bronco games.

Direct TV has partnered with a local entertainment group called The Groove, which is offering a Bronco package that will allow fans to watch the entire Boise State schedule. Some last minute moves may need to be taken by Cableone and Dish Network if they want to keep their loyal Bronco fans happy in the upcoming months.

Technology will play a big role in many fans ability to watch games by using back-end internet sites, but for older, less internet-savvy fans going the bar route may be the easiest answer. The University should also consider options of showing the games on campus for those students that don’t make it into the games.