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Nicole Pioletti Miller on 12/11/2012 @ 8:17pm EST Said:

How, when there are unused BTN channels and Illinois is ranked, IS THIS GAME NOT BEING TELLEVISED? I pay for DirecTV so I can watch Illini basketball & you don’t bother to play it?!?!?! What’s the problem?

    BTN Communications on 12/20/2012 @ 4:46pm EST Said:

    Hi Nicole – During the fall we use Extra Football Game Channels to televise multiple games at a time, however these Extra Game Channels are only available to the Big Ten Network during the 13 football Saturdays of the season. During the conference portion of the basketball season, the Big Ten schedules games in such a way where there is no overlap. Consequently, there is no need for Extra Game Channels and the basketball games that BTN holds the rights to will be televised live.

Don Eckstein on 12/11/2012 @ 9:01pm EST Said:

How do you determine what games are shown on the btn. I thought we would be able to see more Big Ten games than two a night. What is the use of having all the alternate channels if they’re not showing anything. As a big Illini fan I am very disappointed to have missed at least 4 games this year. With my internet I refuse to watch a game for ten dollars in stop and go streaming. I have dish network and pay enough for tv viewership the way it is. We used to get local programming that had better coverage than the btn. I hope next year you can improve your amount of coverage of all Big Ten teams.

A very unhappy viewer,

Don Eckstein

    BTN Communications on 12/20/2012 @ 4:44pm EST Said:

    Hey Don – BTN cannot control the scheduling of games, and during the non-conference schedule there are a lot of overlaps. A number of these non-conference games will stream live via the Big Ten Digital Network and then replay on TV via Student U. Please check BTN.com/Shows for potential replays.

    During the fall we use Extra Football Game Channels to televise multiple games at a time, however these Extra Game Channels are only available to the Big Ten Network during the 13 football Saturdays of the season. During the conference portion of the basketball season, the Big Ten schedules games in such a way where there is no overlap. Consequently, there is no need for Extra Game Channels and the basketball games that BTN holds the rights to will be televised live.