ESPN is giving 15 college conferences their own dedicated, national TV channels stocked with live events and on-demand replays — streamed over the Internet, initially to Apple TV and Roku devices.
The sports cabler is launching the new channels through WatchESPN, the service available to subscribers of affiliated pay-TV providers. The 15 new channels aggregate conference-related programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPNews, starting with live men’s and women’s college basketball events as well as replays of college football games.
The conference channels at launch are: ACC, America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big West, Horizon, Mid-American, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Southern, Sun Belt, Southland, and a channel that combines historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that are part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic, Southwestern Athletic and Central Intercollegiate Athletic conferences.
The idea is to provide a space on the TV dial — virtual though it may be —…
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