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Big Ten Network transfers conference content to the Fox Sports app

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The Big Ten Network (BTN), the Fox-owned Big Ten Conference-sanctioned college sports channel, to shut down its BTN2Go over-the-top (OTT) service amid plans to transfer its content on the Fox Sports app. .

Speaking at the Big Ten Media Days 2019 event, Francois McGillicuddy, who was named BTN president in December, confirmed that the move would likely be completed by mid-August, and would mean BTN2Go ‘n’ will no longer exist ”.

In doing so, the streaming platform’s mobile app will instead host content from the BTN Plus service, which hosts non-televised matches from the Big Ten football and basketball competitions.

“It’s important to note that between BTN, Fox and Fox Sports 1, we are talking about the broadcast rights to over 70% of the Big Ten football inventory,” McGillicuddy said. “So with so many games now in our family of networks, it just didn’t make sense to lead fans to separate places.”

The Fox Sports app allows subscribers to stream live Fox Sports sports coverage remotely or from home through a range of connected devices.

In addition to the BTN2Go digital channels, McGillicuddy also revealed that BTN content will no longer be available on the Fox Sports Go website and mobile app.

A statement from BTN read: “Starting in mid-August, all content on the BTN network – including games, studio shows and original programming – will be hosted in the Fox Sports app alongside matches from Big Ten football airs on Fox and FS1.

“This content will no longer live on BTN2Go, which will cease to exist in its current form. Ultimately, bringing everything together in one place will make it easier for fans to find what they’re looking for on match day.

The Big Ten Network (BTN), the Fox-owned Big Ten Conference-sanctioned college sports channel, to shut down its BTN2Go over-the-top (OTT) service amid plans to transfer its content on the Fox Sports app. .

Speaking at the Big Ten Media Days 2019 event, Francois McGillicuddy, who was named BTN president in December, confirmed that the move would likely be completed by mid-August, and would mean BTN2Go ‘n’ will no longer exist ”.

In doing so, the streaming platform’s mobile app will instead host content from the BTN Plus service, which hosts non-televised matches from the Big Ten football and basketball competitions.

“It’s important to note that between BTN, Fox and Fox Sports 1, we are talking about the broadcast rights to over 70% of the Big Ten football inventory,” McGillicuddy said. “So with so many games now in our family of networks, it just didn’t make sense to lead fans to separate places.”

The Fox Sports app allows subscribers to stream live Fox Sports sports coverage remotely or from home through a range of connected devices.

In addition to the BTN2Go digital channels, McGillicuddy also revealed that BTN content will no longer be available on the Fox Sports Go website and mobile app.

A statement from BTN read: “Starting in mid-August, all content on the BTN network – including games, studio shows and original programming – will be hosted in the Fox Sports app alongside matches from Big Ten football airs on Fox and FS1.

“This content will no longer live on BTN2Go, which will cease to exist in its current form. Ultimately, bringing everything together in one place will make it easier for fans to find what they’re looking for on match day.

BTN2Go streaming moves to Fox Sports app

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There have been many media developments during the various media days of the NCAA conference this week, from programming announcements for Big 12 Now to the broadcast programming for the ACC Network to the official SEC Twitter account. Big Ten’s media days kicked off Thursday, and these also saw notable media announcements from the Big Ten Network, from Matt Millen’s return to the booth to changes to BTN streaming:

As a result, BTN’s authenticated cable streaming (BTN2Go) will migrate to the Fox Sports app, which is among the larger changes underway. Following the close of the Fox-Disney sale and the subsequent sale of the Fox regional sports networks to Sinclair, the Fox Sports and Fox Sports Go applications branched off; both offered both Fox Cable (Fox, FS1, FS2, BTN) and RSN content, but Fox Sports Go is now RSN only (and will likely be renamed when those RSNs are inevitably renamed under their new owners), and this RSN content no longer exists in the main Fox Sports app. In fact, McGillicuddy has said that Fox is selling the Fox Sports Go app (presumably to Sinclair), with that transaction scheduled to close in August; this is why BTN streaming will now be managed through the Fox Sports app.

On some levels, it can make things simpler. There is now one destination for authenticated BTN cable streaming (the Fox Sports app) and another for streaming on the over-the-top BTN + subscription service (which covers games that are not on TV and requires additional subscription whether or not you have cable). And with BTN + now at the center of this app, maybe that will inspire BTN to find ways to improve and promote this service further. (He is a little hard to sell in some ways, like comparable SEC, ACC, and Pac-12 products are included with a subscription to these networks, and much of the similar Big 12 and Group of Five content is included with ESPN +, which is $ 5 per month. instead of $ 9.99 / month or $ 79.99 / year for BTN + for a school or $ 14.95 / month or $ 119.95 / year for the whole conference), but maybe they can find ways improve it.) However, some have mentioned that BTN2Go offered a better streaming experience than Fox’s apps, so there are complaints about it. We’ll see how this streaming change works for BTN.

[The Lansing State Journal]