The University of Texas at Austin is expanding its athletic domination — on the television screen, that is. Starting Wednesday, January 21, ESPN's Longhorn Network — the 24-hour, sports-centered station devoted to UT — will be available to DIRECTV customers throughout the country.
The expansion makes LHN the first national television channel dedicated to a single university. The network, which launched in 2011, televises more than 175 athletic events in 20 sports annually, as well as academic and cultural programming. ESPN and UT have a 20-year contract to broadcast coverage, commentary and analysis related to Longhorn games.
With the expansion, DIRECTV customers across the country now have access to exclusive Longhorn games, Texas coaches' shows, and more programming dedicated to Texas athletics. The network is available on channel 677 for Texas customers with the Choice package or above and for nationwide customers who subscribe to the DIRECTV Sports Pack.
LHN subscribers will also be able access the network via WatchESPN. The new tool, slated to launch in late February or early March, will allow viewers to watch programming on devices such as smartphones and tablets.