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    Okie State to launch Network

    Oklahoma State University to launch online video network
    Oklahoma State University officials plan to launch an online video network in the fall. The network will host a combination of academic and athletic content.

    BY SILAS ALLEN sallen@opubco.com
    Published: December 9, 2011

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University will soon join the list of Big 12 Conference schools that are launching video networks.

    OSU officials plan to launch an online video network next year. The network will stream some athletic events, as well as other content, such as performances and classroom activities.

    University officials are excited about the possibilities the as-yet-unnamed network will bring, said Gary Shutt, OSU's director of communications.

    Shutt, who is heading up the project, said OSU has contracts with the Big 12 that dictate how coverage of football and basketball games are handled. But other sports, such as baseball, soccer and wrestling, could be available for streaming, he said.

    The site could also include other content surrounding football and basketball games, such as postgame interviews, he said. The university's athletics department already has some online video on its website, but the new site would include considerably more content, Shutt said.

    On the academic side, Shutt said, the site could include coverage of campus concerts and plays, as well as prominent campus visits such as a recent one by former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    At some point, he said, the university also could stream classroom lectures by OSU faculty members. That kind of content could be used in elementary and secondary school classrooms, Shutt said.

    “There's just a whole host of things from the academic standpoint,” he said.

    OSU is the latest in a series of Big 12 schools to announce and launch a video network. Earlier this month, the University of Missouri launched a similar site, called MizzouNetwork.com, and Kansas State University launched KStateHD.tv in August.

    In August, the University of Texas and ESPN launched Longhorn Network, a cable television station that exclusively carries content related to UT athletics. That content also is available online to anyone with a cable package that carries the Longhorn Network. The University of Oklahoma has expressed interest in establishing a similar network.

    Shutt said a cable-based venture like the Longhorn Network wouldn't have worked for OSU.

    Part of the reason for the web-based model is portability, Shutt said. By using a web-based platform, the university makes the content available to anyone via smart phones, laptops, tablet computers and desktop computers, he said.

    Furthermore, he said, a cable network is expensive to operate. OSU would need to generate enough content to fill all hours of the day and night. A web-based model doesn't bring that demand with it, he said.

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    “This is a more economical way to begin to get content,” he said. “You don't have to fill 24 hours a day.”

    University officials hope to begin to produce video content for the website over the summer and launch the website in the fall. At the moment, Shutt said, university officials are looking for a vendor who would provide a Web platform for the site.

    Last week, OSU officials got clearance from the OSU/A&M Board of Regents to spend up to $1 million each year to develop the network. During the meeting, OSU President Burns Hargis told the board the network is a part of an effort to boost the university's online presence.

    More online content would allow the university to improve its visibility while bringing its instructional content to a wider audience, Hargis said. Providing educational material to the public at large would represent an expansion of the university's land-grant mission, he said.
    OSU to Launch Network! | OrangePower.com


    K-State - Online Network
    Okie State - Online Network
    Texas - TV Network
    Oklahoma - TV Network (I think?)



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Time to expand CloneZone



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    I still don't understand why the other schools don't band together and form a Big 12 Network.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    None of these articles ever mention that Iowa State has it's own video network and has had for quite some time. They mention MU and KSU but not us.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    I still don't understand why the other schools don't band together and form a Big 12 Network.
    How much distribution power is there in a Big 12 Network composed of Tech, Baylor, KU, K-State, Okie State, and Iowa State? Hell, toss in TCU and West Virginia and now tell me. (Answer: None)



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    How much distribution power is there in a Big 12 Network composed of Tech, Baylor, KU, K-State, Okie State, and Iowa State? Hell, toss in TCU and West Virginia and now tell me. (Answer: None)
    There is some. I'd pay for a network of those teams. So would the cable companies in IA, KS, OK, and maybe a few more esp. if it is ran like the LH network with content



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by crash_zone View Post
    There is some. I'd pay for a network of those teams. So would the cable companies in IA, KS, OK, and maybe a few more esp. if it is ran like the LH network with content
    I would too, but unfortunately with packaged/tiered cable content, very few would pay for it on a specialty tier. Wouldn't be worth it, I would expect, at the expense of limited content for all the participating schools.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    I would too, but unfortunately with packaged/tiered cable content, very few would pay for it on a specialty tier. Wouldn't be worth it, I would expect, at the expense of limited content for all the participating schools.
    Well, the ISU vs Iowa football game would be ONLY on it every other yr. It would be on the tier one in IA.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    I wonder if that means they are hiring.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by huntt26 View Post
    Time to expand CloneZone
    We should keep CloneZone with the same layout/website IMO. Just increase the quality of the future events and content available.

    Eventually, I think it would be cool if we did something like this.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woVBrXV3o1Y]THE GRIDIRON - KANSAS vs IOWA STATE - YouTube[/ame]

    Another thing that will be essential is making all of the new content available in High Definition.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by aauummm View Post
    None of these articles ever mention that Iowa State has it's own video network and has had for quite some time. They mention MU and KSU but not us.
    You ready? WE ARE ISU.


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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    We should keep CloneZone with the same layout/website IMO. Just increase the quality of the future events and content available.

    Eventually, I think it would be cool if we did something like this.
    THE GRIDIRON - KANSAS vs IOWA STATE - YouTube

    Another thing that will be essential is making all of the new content available in High Definition.
    Okay, now that was awesome.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flynn4Heisman View Post
    Okay, now that was awesome.
    That video just reminds me of how crappy we played that game. Even if you factor in the Jayhawk slant of the video.

    That would be sweet if we had content like that.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by crash_zone View Post
    There is some. I'd pay for a network of those teams. So would the cable companies in IA, KS, OK, and maybe a few more esp. if it is ran like the LH network with content
    That's the problem though - even if it was on every cable provider on those three states and was able to command the same per subscriber fee that the Big 10 network does it still wouldn't make a whole lot of money. Just not enough people.



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    Re: Okie State to launch Network

    Quote Originally Posted by Judoka View Post
    That's the problem though - even if it was on every cable provider on those three states and was able to command the same per subscriber fee that the Big 10 network does it still wouldn't make a whole lot of money. Just not enough people.
    But does it need to make a truck load of money? As long as it isn't in the red it would be worth it to have the access to the teams that we don't have now. I can tell you I would watch just about every volleyball match on there. And I think we can all agree something like this would be better than Mediacom for the crappy non conference games.



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