Comcast is dropping Big Ten Network, according to The Athletic’s Brendan F. Quinn. But after some initial confusion, it appears Comcast will be keeping the channel in markets that have Big Ten teams.
“To be clear, the in-market feed of Big Ten Network is still available — and will continue to be available — to our customers in Big Ten states. We are beginning to drop the out-of-market Big Ten Network feed in some areas. We notified customers who had been receiving the Big Ten Network out of market feed about this change. Let me know if you need more info.”
Some further clarification from Comcast media relations.
The markets that will continue to receive BTN are Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
States not on this list are considered out-of-market.
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) April 12, 2018
Comcast originally said in a few tweets from its customer service account that the provider was dropping BTN completely, but that was soon corrected.
The out-of-market Big Ten Network feed, which was carried on Sports & Entertainment pkg in non-Big Ten states, was dropped in some areas. Big Ten Network in-market feed, available to customers in Big Ten states in the regular channel line-up, will continue to be available. -DG
— ComcastCares (@comcastcares) April 12, 2018
Nonetheless, people were mad in the interim.
Well, if @comcast is dropping Big Ten Network, I’m dropping Comcast.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) April 12, 2018
.@comcast you're losing a customer at the end of May when my contract is up. I specifically paid extra to get BTN with you guys.
— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) April 12, 2018
Almost every televised non-tournament regular season Penn State men's basketball game was on BTN this year. Comcast provides cable for Penn State's campus. This really sucks
— Jack R. Hirsh 🐍 (@JR_HIRSHey) April 12, 2018
@comcastcares As longtime Comcast customer, im angry about BTN being dropped. I’m hopeful this is temporary and you will reconsider. If BTN isn’t restored by August for football coverage – I have no choice but to switch providers. Not interested in streaming alternatives.
— R.T. Eisenhart (@chips1) April 12, 2018