The Big East announced the Big East Digital Network today. The BEDN will exclusively stream 80-100 events annually, with a focus on women's sports and Olympic sports. More pertinently to the target audience here, it will also allow for live streaming of events currently covered by the conference's partnership with FOX Sports.
The Digital Network will have an exclusive channel on FOXSportsGO.com, allowing fans to quickly and easily locate the event they want to watch and stream it directly to their computers. Additionally, fans can download the app through Google Play, Amazon App Store, iTunes, and Windows App Store to stream content directly to their mobile devices.
You do need to be a subscriber of a participating video provider (i.e., cable/satellite TV) to be able to view the marquee content through FOX Sports Go.
I would imagine just about any provider that allows you to see the games on the FOX family of networks will also allow you to do so through the Digital Network. (Edit: see below.) The Olympic and women's events being broadcast exclusively on the Digital Network are free to anyone, regardless of their current subscription status.
This is obviously first and foremost great news for the fans. The more options you have for seeing the game, the less likely you are to have to miss out for travel or a wedding or something. It's also great news for the conference, as it continues to increase its footprint and exposure and give those who would try to avoid calling it a major conference (looking at you, ESPN) less ammunition. Finally, it's great for the Xavier basketball program, as players, parents, and recruits can see one more thing the school is doing to make sure X remains on the cutting edge of D-1 basketball.
In re: availability, the app's website says the following:
The following major TV providers are current FOX Sports GO partners:
• AT&T U-verse
• Bright House
• Cable One
• Cablevision Optimum
• Comcast XFINITY
• Midcontinent Communications
• Time Warner Cable
Plus several smaller TV providers. And we're working hard to add new TV providers every day.
DISH and DirecTV - two of the largest carriers in the nation, are conspicuous by their absence.