Kansas State Launching HD Online Network

By Marcus Vanderberg Comment

It’s no Longhorn Network, but Kansas State is launching their own high-definition digital network at the end of month called K-StateHD.TV.

Wildcat fans will have access to over 100 live athletic events during the 2011-12 season, classic K-State games and replays, press conferences, originally programming and on-campus performances.

K-StateHD.TV goes live on Aug. 30 with the Wildcats’ volleyball home opener against Creighton. K-State’s football season opener against Eastern Kentucky will be broadcast live exclusively on K-StateHD.TV, the first time in school history that a live home football game will be made available solely online.

“The launching of K-StateHD.TV is a tremendous step for Kansas State University as we continue on our path of becoming a Top 50 public research institution in the country,” said Kansas State president Kirk Schulz. “Our athletics and university staff members have been working tirelessly in concert over the past year to prepare for this debut and we are excited to showcase our brand to K-Staters world-wide.”

While some of the content will be available for free (lectures, performances, etc.), a majority of the sports content will cost fans $9.95 a month or $79.95 a year.

“We have a very distinctive and unique partnership with our university community and as we began putting together the pieces of this project, it became very clear that we had something special in the works that would provide us with an international platform to showcase our brand to our fans,” said athletics director John Currie. “We want to ensure that K-Staters anywhere in the world can watch the Wildcats, and the fact that all of our new programming will be produced in high definition will also put us in a strategic position as we continue to explore future avenues for distribution.”