Paterno Memorial to air live on TV, Web

Thursday’s public memorial service for Joe Paterno will air live on BTN, BTN2Go, and “A Memorial For Joe” begins at 2 p.m. ET at the Bryce Jordan Center on campus. Also, BTN will re-air the service at 10 p.m. ET Thursday after the Ohio State-Indiana women’s basketball game. Find BTN on your TV system with our easy and free BTN ChannelFinder and learn more about BTN2Go as well as the accompanying iPhone/iPad app. Also, the event will be streamed free on this page. Simply go there Thursday afternoon and click on “Live Events.” For more information on this Penn State event, check out this informational page at and at Penn State Live.


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sue wilson on 1/24/2012 @ 3:29pm EDT Said:

Thank You Big Ten Network- Penn State Alumni number more than half a million and not all of us can fit into the 16,000 seat Bryce Jordan Center- but in our hearts, we will be there. You gave us a forum to share in this tribute to our beloved Coach Paterno. staff on 1/24/2012 @ 3:33pm EDT Said:

    Sue, you are of course welcome. And thank you for the note.

Arlene Shutt on 1/24/2012 @ 4:20pm EDT Said:

I want to thank you for planning the rebroadcast later that evening so those of us who are working during the day will have an opportunity to share and reflect on the tribute to Joe. Kudos to the live stream, as well, as my daughter, a senior AT the university, will be able to see it as it happens since she was unable to obtain one of the 10,000 tickets that were given out to the public. staff on 1/24/2012 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

    Arlene, that was our intention and we’re glad to see it will help. We will also be posting a number of video clips on that afternoon and evening. Thank you for the note.

Allison on 1/24/2012 @ 5:06pm EDT Said:

I was very touched to hear that BTN was going to air the service. As someone who would love to pay my respects in person, it’s nice to know that I can have the opportunity to reflect through your tribute in airing the service. I was going to try and set my DVR to record the device, since I will be at work through both times. It says that the scheduled event is a basketball game, will this be postponed? Thank you again.

Gretchen on 1/24/2012 @ 5:50pm EDT Said:

Thank you BTN for airing the memorial service for JoePa. Many of the Alumni are not able to make it to State College. I actually upgraded my Direct TV to add BTN so I can watch the memorial. I would ask the same question about what the schedule says for 2pm. Thank you for allowing so many Penn Staters to say their respects to Coach and his family.

Al Dunning on 1/24/2012 @ 7:00pm EDT Said:

If I could have made the trip I’d be there. Since I can’t, I’m grateful to BTN for helping me split the difference. I’ll be wearing my class ring and PSU shirt, and and throwing down a Yuengling or two as I watch.

I spoke with JoePa on several occasions and can only echo the feelings of his admirerers around the world. Joseph Vincent Paterno was one great human being. Rest in peace, Coach. And, peace, love and good health to your family.

Diana Lewis on 1/24/2012 @ 8:07pm EDT Said:

I am living in upstate NY, and can’t get back to PA to be there. I was born and raised in Huntingdon PA, and I knew all about what kind of man JoePa REALLY is. Not the man the outside world portrays, but the real man area residents know and love. Thank you for doing this for all us Joe supporters.

Leigh on 1/24/2012 @ 8:15pm EDT Said:

Thanks, BTN, for broadcasting the memorial for those of us who can’t make it. I’m having trouble finding it on my DirectTV guide to set my DVR. Any suggestions?

    Brent Yarina, on 1/24/2012 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

    It will air live at 2 p.m. ET Thursday with an encore at 10 that night.

David Pruin on 1/24/2012 @ 9:27pm EDT Said:

Forgive, Remember the Good

Presidents have had more than their share of problems with indiscretions, pastors and other public figures often fail, too. Like each of us, leaders, some good and some not, struggle with what is the right thing to do.
Joe Paterno made a bad choice; one he regretted deeply and sought forgiveness for publicly. Yes, he did not go further to check out if a life-long friend could possibly be doing an evil that Joe had trouble comprehending. He, like all of us, didn’t want it to be true.
Just how hard do you push for the right, when it is something that could hurt everything you have built? Let’s forgive JoePa. The way he lived the rest of his life by giving so much to so many is worthy of recognition. Let’s find a way to celebrate a life well lived. Penn State, the Big Ten fans, and all of college football will miss you Joe.

A Hawk Fan

Katelyn on 1/24/2012 @ 9:36pm EDT Said:

Thank you so much for airing the service and for ESPECIALLY re-airing it at 10pm. Being a current graduate student at the Univ of Tenn, not many professors nor students understand the impact of the man that JoePa was. Even JoePa has a place in UT Vols Football history. The first ever night game with the first set of lights at Neyland Stadium (possibly expedited due to JoePa’s request of either a night game at UT or PSU was not coming to play), the UT Vols hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions in 1972. I have been telling this to every and any UT student that will listen, in hopes to show JoePa has influenced and affected more than my home state of PA and more than PSU. My professors unfortunately will not accept watching the live airing of the memorial service as an excuse for missing class (I have tried) Thank you SO much again from the one of the very few wearing blue and white at UT!

T Harpster on 1/24/2012 @ 9:41pm EDT Said:

I only get BTN HD, not by choice but it’s all that is offered here. Please rebroadcast on BTN HD.

Tee on 1/24/2012 @ 10:55pm EDT Said:

Whats the best way to see the memorial on an Android? Thx!

Lauren on 1/25/2012 @ 12:09am EDT Said:

so grateful, so very grateful.

Jeff Reiche BSME'79 on 1/25/2012 @ 12:24am EDT Said:

Can DVD’s be made of the service by you to purchase? The funds could go to one of the two charities the Paterno’s have named.
My wife and I have a conflict both times on Thursday. I think a DVD as a fund raiser would be a great tribute to Joe and the family.

Nancy on 1/25/2012 @ 4:21am EDT Said:

Thank you so much for placing this on the web as well. i live in a rural area that does not get BTN (though live in a Big Ten area) I am a Philadelphia Native who wishes she could be home to pay respects also. I will watch with pride and memories. Thank you for allowing us to share a few final moments with the great JoePa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abbey on 1/25/2012 @ 9:41am EDT Said:

Thank you so much for doing this. My grandfather and Joe Pa are twins and when my poppop passed my family always looked forward to seeing Joe Pa on the TV because it was like we were watching poppop. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be able to be there in spirit and to watch a legendary man be remembered as he should be. You are the best! Now I have to cry all over again!

Angela on 1/25/2012 @ 10:51am EDT Said:

For those of us unable to view at either broadcast time, will the memorial be made available for later viewing?

Chris on 1/25/2012 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

Will the memorial service also be archived on if I want to watch the rebroadcast prior to your 10pm replay of it on tv?

    Brent Yarina, on 1/25/2012 @ 2:44pm EDT Said:

    It will be on BTN2Go soon after and you will be able to find select video clips from it on

Samantha on 1/25/2012 @ 11:06am EDT Said:

Unfortunately, I am in a situation where I will not be able to watch (or record) the service at 2p and 10pm and will not be able to watch online. Will the service be recorded and available to watch at any time online? I want to watch and pay my respects for a great man!

Linda C on 1/25/2012 @ 11:26am EDT Said:

Thank you, thank you, BTN! Being able to see the memorial service means so much to me. I would be in State College if I could and this makes it a little easier to bear knowing that I will be able to pay my last respects to JoePa with the rest of the Penn State community and be there in spirit. You had a loyal viewer in me before, but you have an even bigger one now….

crystal on 1/25/2012 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

Joe was a amazing coach and I will for sure be watching via the big ten network on Thursday. Thank you for covering the service for those who can`t be there. Rest in pease Joe Pa. You will be missed!

Kay Provencher on 1/25/2012 @ 1:12pm EDT Said:

Any chance you will be airing the funeral procession thru campus/town this afternoon ??

George on 1/25/2012 @ 1:21pm EDT Said:

Joe, we are of the same age and so I think I can rightfully say: You really were the greatest. I can only hope that the ones that did you wrong will live to regret it. Men and wormen are born to climb or drop behind. You climbed to the highest peak and influenced many more people in a very positive way than we will ever know. Thanks so much for being part of our lives JoePa. RIP

Faith grim on 1/25/2012 @ 1:24pm EDT Said:

The BTN is showing their respect for Joe and ALL the alums around the world who couldn’t attend in person. We’re all very grateful.

Robert Teter on 1/25/2012 @ 1:44pm EDT Said:

Thank you BTN for allowing us to see the live service of JOEPA, on Thursday, I love PSU, I love JoePA and I will sadly miss him. Thank you PSU for all you are doing for the Fans of PSU.

Chris Attinella on 1/25/2012 @ 1:46pm EDT Said:

Thank you BTN! You earned many new subscribers with this. I have driven back and forth to State College on Sunday and Tuesday and was crushed that I would not get to attend the service. You made my day, and will stay subscribed forever!

Elizabeth on 1/25/2012 @ 2:18pm EDT Said:

If there is anyway that you can have the service as an on-demand video on your website, I would greatly appreciate. I live in an area where I cannot get BTN and I cannot stream any video at work. Seeing my first spring game when I was 6 months old, missing 3 home games over the span of 16 years and thankfully meeting JoePa a few times, I cannot believe that he is gone. To me and many others, he is family and has done more for Penn State than anyone could have ever imagined. I would love to have a chance to celebrate his life as thousands will do in the BJC tomorrow and thankfully, through the BTN coverage. Thank you.

    Brent Yarina, on 1/25/2012 @ 2:53pm EDT Said:

    It will be a free event that you can find on Big Ten Digital Network, starting at 2 p.m. ET. Here’s the link:

Heather on 1/25/2012 @ 2:23pm EDT Said:

I appreciate the airing as well. However, I am having some issues with setting up the DVR. The selected time (2PM Thurs) has a basketball game listed… any suggestions on this?

Rick Weber on 1/25/2012 @ 2:32pm EDT Said:

I posted the following on Facebook and gladly share it here.

I honestly believe Joe died from both his cancer and his heartbreak because of what the PSU Board did to him. Yes, I agree that he sure could have done more. I agree that he made a horrible mistake. That being said, is that any reason to have treated JoePa like he was treated? All the good he did for his team, his school, his town and his people and he is condemned for one stupid act ( or lack thereof). I believe e a very famous man once said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” In my heart I know one thing. GOD would have and did forgive JoePa. And I know he is now walking the sidelines in his black shoes and white socks with pulled up trousers on GOD’S team.
Rest in Peace, JoePa.

CJ Shrift on 1/25/2012 @ 2:55pm EDT Said:

Thanks for all the Coverage on such a endearing and Selfless person – Joe Paterno. As Military vet, I always admired JoePa’s qualities; Sharing success with others, Humility, Team oriented – Goals we value in the Military.
NOW … if only the Big Ten officials would *redeem themselves* and put JoePa’s name on the Leaders’ Championship Trophy !! Get Politics out and Values reflected in such motion.

Eric Schenker on 1/25/2012 @ 3:26pm EDT Said:

If we are unable to view it live, will we be able to watch the web video after the fact?

Thanks Big 10 Network for this truly special coverage.

Rich Weaver on 1/25/2012 @ 3:58pm EDT Said:

For those interested in recording on DirecTV DVR, You can usually set up a manual recording regardless of what the schedule says. Just set 610 for 2PM 01/24/12. I have a +DVR and it was pretty simple. Go to Manage Recordings from the Menu and select Manual Recording.

We Are Penn State, RIP JoPA!

Lauren on 1/25/2012 @ 4:49pm EDT Said:

Thank you for covering the memorial service on as well. I no longer live in PA and I don’t get the BTN so I will be streaming live:)

Rest in Peace JoePA.

PJ on 1/25/2012 @ 5:42pm EDT Said:

As someone who comes from a long Penn State family I thought I would never be able to be a part of the memorial service. Thank you for providing a way for me to do so. Those who are not part of the Penn State family may not understand what Joe Paterno means to us but it goes beyond football. Again, thanks for allowing us to show our respect and to feel a part of a service for a remarkable man.

Cherie on 1/25/2012 @ 8:26pm EDT Said:

This means so much, to so many of us who if we only could have packed up the car and headed to Beaver Valley, we all would have. I did the see the link for the free event, but do you need to be a current subscriber to the to log onto the via the Live Event? Thank you so much!

Alexis Raducz-Long. on 1/25/2012 @ 9:04pm EDT Said:

I was so sorry, to hear about the passing of Joe Paterno.
Joe Paterno was, is, and always will be, Penn State!
We’ll never forget you, Joepa!
Thank you, Btn for broadcasting the memorial service;
my deepest sympathy, to you Sue, and to the rest of the family!

Justin on 1/26/2012 @ 12:43am EDT Said:

Many thanks to BTN. Could you please clarify whether the memorial will be streamed at 10 PM online or will it only be available on TV? staff on 1/26/2012 @ 10:51am EDT Said:

    You will be able to watch the archived coverage on BTN2Go (if you get that service) as well as here: There are no time constraints on the web video archive. You can watch it at any time.

Mary on 1/26/2012 @ 4:13am EDT Said:

My thoughts and prayers are with the Paterno family. I will remember Joe for the great coach that he was and what he did for the comminity. He was true humanitarian and great example that it always better to give than recieve. Thanks Joe I know you will be watching over all of us.

Bob on 1/26/2012 @ 8:30am EDT Said:

We strive for excellence as Penn Staters. CoachPaterno taught us this.

We make decisions. We are confident in our decisions because we know we are doing the right thing to the best of our ability.

The perception of what we do cannot be controlled. We know that.

Nittany Lion Nation will be stronger than ever because of who we are.

I can’t wait until the next football game.

We are Penn State.

Thank you Joe,
Bob, 1964

Linda Madsen on 1/26/2012 @ 8:34am EDT Said:

Thank you for the free coverage of Joe Paterno’s memorial service on line. Now I will be able to watch. He was a good man.

Bob Griebel on 1/26/2012 @ 9:00am EDT Said:

Thanks BTN for streaming Thursday’s memorial doings. As a Wolverine, I felt quite honored to be able to make the last 30 minutes of Wednesday’s viewing at the chapel and to get familiar with Penn State’s campus. Having spent many hours looking at reports and testimony, I think Joe Paterno has received shamefully shabby treatment from people who go to little trouble to look at the actual facts and from the very administrators and trustees who are responsible for setting higher standards for the university to whose principal values he contributed so much, so well.

Chip Fioravanti on 1/26/2012 @ 9:47am EDT Said:

Thanks BTN! I was there on Tuesday for the Service but could not make it to see Thursdays Memorial Service – Much Appreciated

jimmy mc fadden on 1/26/2012 @ 10:05am EDT Said:

Thank God for the BIG 10 network for airing Joe’s memorial service.
Your #1 in our book from southeast pa. Shame on all the major networks!!!

Tina Harris Bergman on 1/26/2012 @ 12:30pm EDT Said:

As one of the very many Penn State alums living in California, I am so grateful for your coverage of Coach’s memorial. And, as a girl who grew up in State College and went on to work for an NFL coach, I can’t begin to express the gratitude I feel for how Joe Paterno shaped both my values and my life path. He will be dearly missed.

Tamara Reed on 1/26/2012 @ 12:44pm EDT Said:

I wish I could be back in State College this week, but since I can’t, I’m grateful to BTN for airing the memorial service today. Joe meant so much more to us than football. He meant leadership, academics, charity, selflessness, character, humor, and humility, among other things. I will never forget the kindness that he and Sue showed me while I was a student. I think what happened to him and his family has been a travesty and wish there was something I could do or say to ease the pain they must be feeling. PSU will never be the same, but we’re all certainly much richer from having known you. Rest in peace, coach.

christine claar on 1/27/2012 @ 12:21pm EDT Said:

Can DVD’s be made of the service for us to purchase? The funds could go to one of the two charities the Paterno’s have named.
Selling a DVD of the memorial service as a fund raiser would be a great tribute to Joe and the family.