Pac-12, Cox Sign Carriage Pact

Pac-12 Networks said Cox Communications have reached a carriage agreement where the sports network's national feed will air on Cox systems in Southern California and Arizona on its "Essential" tier.

Cox previously carried only the Pac-12 Regional Sports Networks (Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles) in those markets that were focused on events from the home universities.

The deal comes on the heels of a similar agreement with Frontier Communications for its systems in Southern California.

The addition of Pac-12 Network gives Cox subscribers access to all Pac-12 Networks content, including all 35 football games and more than 100 conference basketball games — including conference tournament games — plus 300 Olympic sports events and all Pac-12 championships.

“We are thrilled that one of our founding partners Cox is adding the Pac-12 Network, our national feed, to the Cox lineup for subscribers in Arizona and Southern California,” said Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans in a statement. “This is a great day for our fans living in Arizona and California who will now enjoy expanded access to premium Pac-12 content.”

Cox will program Pac-12 Network side-by-side with Pac-12 Regional Sports Networks (Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles) throughout the state of Arizona, and in Orange County and Palos Verdes in California. In Santa Barbara and San Diego, Cox will carry both networks on its Sports and Information tier in HD.

Cox subscribers will also now have access to all seven Pac-12 Networks via Pac-12 Now, the TV Everywhere service app that allows fans to watch Pac-12 Networks remotely on any device.

Cox plans to implement these changes by Aug. 2, well ahead of football season kickoff on Pac-12 Networks Sept. 1. Pac-12 Network will feature 14 football games during the first three Saturdays of the season.