The Pac-12 Networks will be going live just a few hours from now, at 6pm Pacific time tonight. I wrote yesterday on the cable carriers that will be transmitting the networks - for those of you without coverage, don't forget to contact your cable or satellite carrier.
But for the folks that have access to one or more of the networks, and for those who should soon gain access, the next step is wading through the programming schedule to figure out what to watch. To help out with that, here is a Bruins Guide to the Pac-12 Networks. In putting this together, I am breaking down the types of programming that will air into two groupings: the set-piece studio programming such as the weekly rundown shows and season previews, and games - specifically UCLA games, live and/or tape delayed.
After the jump is a breakdown of those studio-type programs and when they will be airing, and the schedule of all of the UCLA games currently set to air on the Pac-12 Network this fall.
The debut program for the Pac-12 Networks will be "Pac-12 Live" - looking ahead at Football, back at the Olympic games, and introducing the networks. That one hour program will be followed by a one hour conference football preview. Last season's UCLA/Oregon Pac-12 Championship Game will be shown at 8:30pm Pacific for those wanting to relive the final game of the Rick Neuheisel era. In the coming days, the networks will be broadcasting previews for each Pac-12 football team, as well as conference-wide previews for each of the fall non-revenue sports. The debut broadcast scheduling for these previews as applicable for UCLA teams is below (all times Pacific):
- August 16, 7pm: Women's Volleyball preview
- August 16, 7:30pm: Women's Soccer preview
- August 20, 5:30pm: Men's Soccer preview
- August 21, 5:30pm: Men's Water Polo preview
- August 22, 5:30pm: Cross Country preview
- August 25, 5pm: UCLA Football preview
Each of these preview shows will be replayed multiple times on each of the networks throughout the next few weeks. There will also be highlight and analysis programs throughout the fall, as well as pre and post-game shows for football, featuring Rick Neuheisel as lead analyst.
Before delving into the schedule of televised games, I should try to give a little clarification on how the regional networks are supposed to work, and the effect on which games will be televised on each network at a certain time. As you probably know, the Pac-12 Networks are a grouping of seven television networks (or channels, which might be an easier way to think of them). There are six regional networks, one for each Pac-12 region: Arizona, Bay Area, Los Angeles, Mountain, Oregon, and Washington. In addition, there is a seventh national network.
Every game that is being televised by the Pac-12 network will be televised live (at the very least) on the appropriate regional network(s) for the competing schools, and can be streamed live from the Pac-12 website or via iOS/Android apps (once these are made available) by viewers who subscribe to the proper television carriers. If there is no other live game being televised by the network at the same time, the game will be shown live on all of the other regional networks as well as the national. If there is another televised game at the same time, one of the games will be shown live only on the regional networks of the competing teams - and made available to all subscribers via online stream - with the other game being aired live on the remaining regional networks and the national.
In the case of Football and Men's Basketball, the regional-only game will be shown on the national and remaining regional channels on tape delay later that day. While there is no such official confirmation for the non-revenue sports, it does appear that the networks will broadcast repeats of many games to fill airtime, so it seems reasonable to think that if you have access to the Pac-12 networks, you will eventually be able to watch any of the games or matches aired by the network.
There are currently 39 UCLA games set to be televised by the Pac-12 networks this fall, not including Men's or Women's Basketball - whose TV schedules have not yet been set, nor the entire Football season - the division of football games among the Pac-12's various TV partners will be made either 6 or 12 days in advance. The current breakdown is: 1 football game, 12 Men's Soccer matches, 9 Women's soccer matches, 14 Women's Volleyball games, and 3 Men's Water Polo matches.
The slate of Pac-12 Network televised games, by time and date of original broadcast follows (all times Pacific):
- August 24, 7pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. New Mexico
- August 29, 7pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Jiangsu (China) Exhibition
- September 7, 4:30pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Tulsa
- September 7, 7pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Loyola Marymount
- September 9, 2pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. UC Irvine
- September 9, 4:30pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Tennessee
- September 12, 7pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Pepperdine
- September 15, 7:30pm - UCLA Football v. Houston
- September 16, 7pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Pepperdine
- September 20, 7pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Washington State
- September 21, 8pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Oregon State
- September 26, 7pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball @ Washington
- September 28, 4pm - UCLA Men's Soccer @ Stanford
- September 30, 4pm - UCLA Men's Soccer @ Cal
- October 1, 7pm - UCLA Women's Soccer @ Arizona State
- October 5, 3pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Oregon State
- October 5, 5:30pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Arizona State
- October 6, time TBA - UCLA Men's Water Polo @ Cal
- October 7, 12pm - UCLA Women's Soccer @ Oregon State
- October 7, 2pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Arizona
- October 8, 7pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Washington
- October 12, 6pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball @ Stanford
- October 14, 2pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball @ Cal
- October 17, 7pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Utah
- October 26, 1pm - UCLA Men's Soccer @ Oregon State
- October 26, 3pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Cal
- October 26, 8pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Washington State
- October 28, 12pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Washington
- October 28, 6pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Stanford
- October 29, 7pm - UCLA Men's Soccer @ Washington
- November 1, 7pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Stanford
- November 2, 2pm - UCLA Women's Soccer @ Southern Cal
- November 2, 8pm - UCLA Women's Volleyball @ Arizona
- November 4, 5pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Cal
- November 9, 2pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. San Diego State
- November 9, 7pm - UCLA Men's Water Polo v. Stanford
- November 17, time TBA - UCLA Men's Water Polo @ Southern Cal
- November 20, time TBA - UCLA Women's Volleyball @ Oregon
- November 23, time TBA - UCLA Women's Volleyball v. Southern Cal
The Pac-12 Network schedules spanning from launch through the end of September have been released, and are linked at the end of this post. Going by the Pac-12 National network schedule and the regional schedules, there are a few September games/matches that will be shown on tape delay on the national network and/or some of the regional networks. The specific broadcast notes for each game are below, along with the earliest re-airing. Keep in mind that at the minimum, all games will be shown live on the Los Angeles regional network and via online stream.
September 7, 4:30pm - UCLA Men's Soccer v. Tulsa will not be shown live on the Bay Area regional network. The match will be aired on the Bay Area network at 2pm on September 10th, and 3pm on September 11th. September 7, 7pm - UCLA Women's Soccer v. Loyola Marymount will be shown live only on the Los Angeles regional network. The match will be aired on the national network and all of the regional networks at 11pm. September 15, 7:30pm. The UCLA v. Houston Football game will be shown on some, but not all Pac-12 networks as there are multiple games scheduled for that time slot. For the networks that do not show the UCLA game live, the game will be aired at midnight, with a condensed re-airing on Sunday the 16th at 6pm. September 30, 4pm - UCLA Men's Soccer @ Cal will not be shown live on the Oregon and Washington regional networks. The re-air time for the Oregon and Washington regional networks will not be confirmed until the networks' October schedules are released.
All of the remaining UCLA games that I listed above for August and September will be aired live on all of the Pac-12 Networks. As future broadcast schedules are released, I'll try to provide updates on any conflicts in some form on BN. To finish up, here are the August/September broadcast schedules for all of the Pac-12 networks.