Why does AggieVision have more flexibility than ESPN3?
BC's game against Army will be a 1 P.M. kickoff and broadcasted on ESPN3. While I appreciate that ESPN3 has provided more access to more games than ever before, I still have a gripe. ESPN-produced ESPN3 games rarely get picked up on a television-first sport network. (Think NESN or SNY or some of the regional Fox Networks.). So if you want to watch these games on a big screen you have to have some sort of streaming device or hook up your PC to a screen. I understand that it is a nit picky thing to whine about, but that doesn't mean it is not a hassle. ESPN3 wouldn't seem so limiting if BC fans didn't have a relevant comparison point on our schedule.
Our game against New Mexico State will be broadcast on "AggieVision." AggieVision is New Mexico State's streaming solution while they wait to rejoin a conference with its own TV deal. I doubt the production value is as good as ESPN3, but AggieVision -- while primarily a internet network -- syndicates their games on regional sports networks. Some of New Mexico State's home games will be on Fox Sports Arizona or Altitude. That means that most BC fans with a sports package will be able to see BC-New Mexico State on one of their TV channels.
ESPN could easily release these type of games. They don't because most of these other channels are competition. But in the long run they could be making their service that much more relevant and beneficial to partners like the ACC if they followed AggieVision's lead.