Launched in 2012, Pac-12 Networks is the conference's sports service composed of a national channel and several regional networks. In Los Angeles, for example, there is a Pac-12 channel devoted to
Pac-12 is carried here by
"We've been disappointed that DirecTV has been willing to negotiate with ESPN for the SEC Network but not Pac-12," Scott said. "It is certainly not consistent with them saying they care about what the consumer wants."
Scott is miffed that the SEC Network will be available to DirecTV's Southern California subscribers while the Pac-12 channels won't be. He thinks the fact that
"It appears this is an example of DirecTV being willing only to deal with big conglomerates who have muscle and leverage beyond the interest of consumers," Scott said.
Unlike the SEC Network and the
A DirecTV spokesman said the fact that the SEC Network is owned by ESPN and Disney, which has lots of other channels the satellite broadcaster carries, had nothing to do with the new agreement.
"Our goal is to get the right value for our customers," the spokesman said.
Scott is hopeful that if AT&T closes on its deal to acquire DirecTV, it will ultimately be good for the Pac-12 Networks. Besides already being carried on U-Verse, AT&T is also a Pac-12 sponsor.
"We have a great relationship with AT&T," said Scott. "I think we can have positive and constructive conversations if that merger comes to pass."