the stupidity of networks (hint - it's all about the $, but you knew that already)
*Fair warning - Long, feel free to move onto the next thread if this doesn't interest you.
Here's an e-mail I sent to BTN2Go support yesterday.
I've noticed that BTN2Go is available to some of the larger telecom/satellite/cableco providers. But you're missing a big piece of the puzzle here - the students! Somehow the student body, the foundation of B1G conference, has been segregreated from the BTN2Go offering. Tens of thousands of students live in student housing and are unable to subscribe to the providers that have agreements with the BTN, and are unable to watch BTN2Go.
So what would be a possible solution to this? Do what ESPN3/WatchESPN does; filter out users based on who owns that IP address per ARIN. For example the University of Michigan owns the IP range 141.212.xxx.xxx - http://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-141-212-0-0-2/pft
Now if someone outside of that IP address space tries to access BTN2Go content, they would be locked out. But if a University of Michigan student, who is utilizing the University of Michigan network resources (and has a University leased IP address) attempts to connect, they would be allowed access.
I suggest working with network access administrators at each school to design and implement the proper access procedures so the students of the Big 10 are able to watch their respective teams compete.
/insert herp^derp reply
You can watch games through BTN2Go
if you have Big Ten Network through one of the Cable or Satellite provider listed here Dish Network, DirecTV, Charter or Time Warner. If you are not subscribed to any of these services you cannot access BTN2Go
in any other way.
If you wish to subscribe to the services of the Big Ten you can go here http://video.btn.com/allaccess/
to purchase a subscription through CBS Sports.
If you have any more questions please let us know.
This is why I hate the networks.