Longhorn fans with AT&T U-verse woke up to a pleasant surprise on Friday when they discovered the Longhorn Network on their cable system.
AT&T U-verse customers in Texas will be able to get the Longhorn Network on the U100 package and above. Outside of the state, fans will need the U450 package. The channel location is 1609 in HD and 609 in SD.
The season opener against Wyoming will air Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on the Longhorn Network. It will also carry the second game of the season on Saturday September 8 against New Mexico.
"We know fans are passionate about watching Longhorn football, and we're thrilled to offer Longhorn Network to U-verse TV customers in Texas and nationwide," said Jeff Weber, President of Content and Advertising Services, AT&T Home Solutions in a statement. "This is another example of how we continue to deliver the content customers want."
"This agreement brings Longhorn Network and its robust lineup of University of Texas programming to more than a million Longhorn fans in Texas and throughout the country," said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.
The network, which launched last year, had been unavailable to most people in Central Texas. Only Grande and Verizon cable systems offered the channel. However, those companies only offer service in a few, select locations.
AT&T also announced that in the future, they would allow subscribers to watch a live feed of the network on computers, smartphones, and tablets.
But finding a place to watch UT's first football game, other than your house may be difficult.
"We just found out that we're not going to be able to watch the game, at Doc's," said Austin resident, Joel Garcia. "All day, since yesterday, where are we watching the game, where are we watching the game?"
He's scrambling to find somewhere to take his out-of-town guests to watch U.T.'s first football game of the season.
Longhorn Network has exclusive rights to the first two games, but not every cable provider carries LHN.
Grande Communications carries the network, and now, so does AT&T U-verse, but it still leaves some local fans and businesses out of the action.
"U-verse informed us that they are not allowed to go into any restaurants or bars because of a no-compete clause with Dish Network and Direct TV," said Charles Milligan, the owner of Doc's Bar and Grill.
They have been showing UT games at Doc's Motorworks for almost a decade.
"It's ridiculous," Milligan added.
He's hired extra staff for football season and not being able to show the game is bad for business.
"We'll make adjustments and probably have to send some people home from all aspects, from the front of the house to the back of the house," said Milligan.
For homeowners, network availability depends on your zip code, which is bad news for Direct TV, Dish Network and Time Warner customers.
"We'll find a place, I just hope we can find it in enough time to call everybody and schedule everything out," Garcia said.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game.