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
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— 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.