The $39.95 suggested price that OU football fans will pay to watch the season opener against Louisiana Tech on Saturday will help subsidize Sooners Sports TV, one of the nation’s most prolific college sports networks, with more than 2,000 hours of programming annually.
Under the Big 12 television contract, conference schools retain rights to one home football game. OU has given its rights for that game to Fox Sports, its partner in Sooner Sports TV. Fox Sports had the option of showing the game for free on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
“We chose to put this on pay-per-view,” Fox Sports Oklahoma spokesman Ramon Alvarez said Tuesday. “By putting this game on pay-per-view, it helps generate income to produce and televise all the other programming you see on Sooner Sports TV.”
In the Bob Stoops era, pay-per-view has been a staple of TV coverage, with 14 games in 15 seasons, and the Sooners have gone 14-0, winning by an average margin of 53.5-6.5. However, this will only be the fifth season opener on pay-per-view.
The Louisiana Tech game probably is the least attractive game on the OU home schedule, which also includes Tennessee, Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Fox Sports Oklahoma will replay the game at 9 a.m. Monday, and it also will be replayed in a one-hour format at 9 p.m. Sept. 5 as part of “Big 12 No Huddle.”
The pay-per-view telecast will be available on participating Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas providers and nationwide via participating satellite and telco distributors.
Viewers outside Oklahoma can purchase a live stream of the broadcast on SoonerSports.tv. The online pay-per-view price is $54.99, or it can be paired with an annual subscription for $109.99. iPhone, iPad and Android users will need to download the SoonerSports2Go app to view the live stream on their mobile device.
Ron Thulin, Dave Lapham and sideline reporter Chad McKee are the announcers for the game. The broadcast also will include a pregame show at 5 p.m. and a postgame show.
OU-Louisiana Tech telecast providers
National distributors with channel (if available)
AT&T U-verse, 636, 1636.
Dish Network, TBA.
Oklahoma cable systems (more are expected to be added)
Cim-Tel — Mannford, 376.
Cox Communications — Oklahoma City, Tulsa, 610/611.
Fidelity Cablevision — Lawton, 618/619.
Suddenlink — Alva, Chickasha, Enid, Grove, Lindsay, Muskogee, Pauls Valley, Perry, Seminole, Stillwater, 878.
PTSI — Guymon, 98.
Vyve Broadband — Bristow, Chandler, Depew, Durant, Kellyville, McAlester, Shawnee, Stroud, 658.
OU on PPV
OU pay-per-view home football games in the Bob Stoops era. All games produced by Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Aug. 31, 2013: OU 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0.
Sept. 8, 2012: OU 69, Florida A&M 3
Oct. 1, 2011: OU 62, Ball State 6
Sept. 4, 2010: OU 31, Utah State 24
Sept. 12, 2009: OU 64, Idaho State 0
Aug. 30, 2008: OU 57, Chattanooga 2
Sept. 15, 2007: OU 54, Utah State 3
Sept. 23, 2006: OU 59, Middle Tennessee State 0
Sept. 13, 2003: OU 52, Fresno State 28
Sept. 14, 2002: OU 68, UTEP 0
Nov. 3, 2001: OU 58, Tulsa 0
Sept. 8, 2001: OU 37, North Texas 10
Sept. 9, 2000: OU 45, Arkansas State 7
Sept. 2, 2000: OU 55, UTEP 14