UPDATED: Saturday, September 22, 2012 --- 9:10 a.m.
From Big Ten Network's website:
Big Ten Network (BTN) and DISH have reached an agreement that returns BTN to the DISH channel lineup. We're pleased that both sides could eventually come together, and we thank fans for their patience.
UPDATED Saturday, September 15, 2012 --- 9:30 a.m.
Badger fans with DISH satellite service will need to find a new place to watch Saturday's game after a deal between DISH and the BTN fell through Saturday morning.
Here is the email we received from Big Ten Network:
Attention Dish Network Customers:
Despite Big Ten Network's efforts to finalize an agreement, we are disappointed to tell you that DISH Network has decided to drop the Big Ten Network. As you know, BTN has been working around the clock for weeks to try and reach a deal with DISH. They are now unwilling to sign a contract.
DISH customers will miss the rest of the football season on BTN and over 400 Big Ten sporting events. Not only are you missing eight Big Ten games today, but several dozen more this season and over a hundred men's basketball games. It is unfortunate that DISH does not value BTN in the same way that so many of their customers do, including Big Ten students, parents, alumni and fans across the country. Furthermore, DISH customers will continue to pay DISH for a channel they no longer receive.
If DISH won't give you the games you want, others will. To find another BTN provider, go to IWantBTN.com or call 1-855-WANT-B10 (1-855-926-8210) for more information. Stay up to date on the latest developments on BTN's Facebook page and on Twitter (@IWantBTN).
POSTED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 -- 1:47 a.m.
Badger fans with DISH satellite service will have to look somewhere else for Saturday's game now that a deal between DISH and the Big Ten Network has fallen through.
In a statement released Saturday morning, Big Ten Network officials said: "Despite BTN's best efforts to finalize an agreement with DISH, we are disappointed to tell you that DISH decided to drop BTN. DISH customers will miss all 8 BTN matchups today. Find another BTN provider at IWantBTN.com."
Saturday's Badger game against Utah State starts at 7 p.m. and will only be shown on the Big Ten Network. Fans who subscribe to Charter and any Big Ten Network carriers besides DISH will not be impacted.