Chief Information Officer Steve Hall spoke about the school’s TV cable contract with DirecTV Campus Televideo as it moves closer to its March expiration date. Cuts from the budget are being made and, with the increases of online viewing of television shows, Hall wishes to put more money into increasing bandwidth than television channels.
The potential options are either staying with the current provider and cutting some channels or switching to Comcast. Against the current price of $90,000 per year, Comcast is $22,000 cheaper, but has less channels than DirecTV offers and gives fewer options.
In either scenario, some channels will be cut, but in neither case will it be a large number.
Hall may look into a temporary extension of the contract with DirecTV into the summer to any temporary loss of service during the school year during the transition.
To allow students to share their opinions on the matter, a survey will be sent out shortly. It will try to gauge the number of TV users and their TV viewing habits. A decision about the cable package is expected in either November or December.