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Many Austinites still unable to watch Longhorn Network

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UT's first home football game is September 1, but not every fan will be able to watch it on T.V.

"I bleed orange. That's what I do," UT Sophomore, Matthew Martinez, said, "I look forward to watching all the games."

The year round 24 hour network dedicated to Texas athletics, also known as the Longhorn Network, has exclusive rights to the team's first two home games.

"It would be just a lot more fun if they had it available for just anybody here," Martinez said.

Network availability depends on your zip code and for most AT&T U-verse and Time Warner Cable customers it's currently not an option.

"It'd be nice for it to be on T.V. because I'm not going to be able to be there to see it in person," UT graduate student, Jim Hartle, said. "As a viewer, I just prefer to be able to see more, especially football games."

"We've been showing UT games for seven years," said Charles Milligan, with Doc's Bar and Grill.

He and his clients are upset, to put it lightly.

"It's kind of silly that we can't watch all the UT games when they're televised," Milligan said. "It's ridiculous how we can't get it and only a very small portion. More people get it in Dallas than people can get it in Austin."

Some local Grande Communications subscribers may be able to get the channel.

"If it costs a little bit extra, okay, sure let's do it, but let's let everybody enjoy UT football," Milligan said.

The University of Texas system regents were set to discuss the status of the Longhorn Network with ESPN, but the item was set for a later date because "it could undermine current negotiations," according to a regent rep.

"Even if you don't go to the school, if you're just a citizen of Austin and you want to watch the team play, you should have that right," Victor Barrera said.

People want the network, which launched last August, more widely distributed.

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