Comcast, Big Ten Network reach a deal

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Comcast and the Big Ten Network have reached an agreement for the collegiate sports network to be put on Comcast’s expanded basic package effective on August 15 in states with Big Ten schools including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. After the 2008-09 college basketball season ends, Comcast has the option to put BTN on an digital tier.

Comcast also plans to put Big Ten Network material on VOD (video on-demand) and in high-definition.

updated 4:40 p.m. (added additional material from TV Week)