Illinois Football Practice On Big Ten Network

CHICAGO - The University of Illinois' second practice of the day will be broadcasted on The Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET. Comcast, the nation's largest cable television provider, launches the Big Ten Network today.

Fighting Illini fans with the network will be able to watch up to 70 Illinois events in high definition and approximately 400 live Big Ten events overall this year.

Tonight at 8 p.m. CT, fans will get a rare opportunity to look inside an Illinois football practice. A 90-minute Big Ten Tonight: Illinois Football Practice will take fans to Rantoul, Ill., site of the Illini's practice session. The show will include interviews with coaches and players, team and individual drills and observations from host Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Selected players or coaches will wear a microphone during practice. Big Ten Tonight is taking viewers to a preseason football practice at each Big Ten school this month, and Illinois is the eighth stop on the tour.

Channel numbers will vary by Comcast system and level of service customers receive. Beginning today, Comcast subscribers within the Big Ten's eight-state footprint can find their Big Ten Network channel number by using the ChannelFinder tool at . On the website, viewers can enter their zip code and select their provider and level of service to determine their local channel assignment. Subscribers outside of the eight-state footprint should contact their local Comcast office.

Additional programming this fall includes Big Ten Tonight, the only nightly sports show dedicated to covering the Big Ten, airing at 10 PM ET; Big Ten Friday Night Tailgate presented by Nissan, the irreverent, off-beat program that airs Fridays at 8:30 PM ET and captures the excitement of game week on campus; and Illinois Football: The Journey, the network's all-access show that takes Big Ten fans deep within the Illini football program under head coach Ron Zook, airing Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET.

The network is offered in both standard and high definition. All football games that the network produces will be available to Comcast to place on "overflow" channels. Comcast will determine how it will offer those games. In addition, many new features will be available on Comcast video-on-demand.

The network is now available to about 70 percent of households within the eight Big Ten states.

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