Nearly all of the content will be produced by the SoonerVision production unit. SoonerVision currently employs a staff of 95. The SoonerVision facility, located at Owen Field, already houses two control rooms, allowing simultaneous distribution of content to the department’s five in-venue video boards and television. SoonerVision covered 65 events for television distribution last year.
“One of the things that really excited us about this relationship was when you looked and saw the infrastructure the University had invested in for their SoonerVision properties. It was state of the art, HD facility.” FOX Sports Southwest general manager Jon Heidtke said.
The Big 12 Conference television agreement that was signed last week with ABC/ESPN and FOX Sports gives the schools the rights to all programming that isn’t selected for network or cable broadcast. The agreement means each school will hold the rights to one football game per season.
“Our agreement has been carefully constructed to take advantage of the programming opportunities we have available to us,” Castiglione said. “The vast majority of the football programming is already part of the conference television agreement. Going forward, that will remain. We'll have a chance to get access to some of those games on a re-air basis. That is something great for our fans, too. In addition to our programming we typically produce, we’ll have a chance to re-air some of these games in their entirety much sooner than we’ve ever had the chance to do before.”
The content will also be accessible immediately. OU’s has been developing this for several years. It wanted to create something sustainable that avoided the issues Texas has faced with getting cable and satellite providers to carry the Longhorn Network.
The partnership with FOX Sports gets OU content on the air without the hassles of building a network from scratch.