Kansas State joins the network party with K-StateHD.TV

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It’s nowhere near the magnitude of the Longhorn Network, but another Big 12 member has answered the challenge of the oft-spewed, yet incredibly shallow, argument of “if you don’t like it, why don’t you start your own network?”

Launching Aug. 30 will be K-StateHD.TV, the digital third-tier broadcasting network for all things Kansas State. High definition programming will include home games not broadcast by Big 12 TV partners, academic spotlights, game replays, original programming and the like.

The network, however, will only broadcast one football game — the Wildcats’ barnburner of an opener against Eastern Kentucky — and likely no men’s basketball games.

K-StateHD.TV is really an extension of a service provided by K-State’s athletic website provider, CBS College Network. Any broadcasts over the subscription-based network will also be streaming online.

In a related story, a source very close to the situation has informed us late last night that preliminary talks have begun between Kansas and the Big East because of the Jayhawks’ unimaginable frustration over the network.

Compared to the LHN, this is obviously a modest upgrade for K-State, but there are really only a handful of programs who could dive head first into the conference network pool of money. The Wildcats are dipping their toe.

(Specifics courtesy of the Kansas City Star and Associated Press)