Fans looking to view Iowa boys high school state championship events now have more options.
The Iowa High School Sports Network announced on Wednesday the addition of OTT streaming packages that will broadcast the state football semifinals and finals, matches from the state wrestling tournament and games from the state basketball tournament.
OTT, or “Over-The-Top” programming, allows viewers to watch content though an Internet stream, rather than through a traditional cable or satellite-TV service. The IHSSN is making its championship events available through OTT paid subscriptions on Sling TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, fuboTV and CenturyLink.
“A number of people are cutting the cord,” IHSSN president Ken Krogman told The World-Herald. “We didn’t have this option available last year, but now it’s out there.”
Iowans can also view the IHSSN’s championship coverage if they have the NBC Sports Chicago channel, formerly Comcast Sportsnet, on their cable or satellite TV packages.
Monthly subscriptions on the OTT packages vary in price. For example, Sling TV is touting a promotion that would give a viewer access to the IHSSN’s programming, among other offerings, at $24.95 per month.
Many cable TV subscribers around Iowa who don’t have access to NBC Sports Chicago have expressed displeasure that they haven’t been able to view the various Iowa championships from their homes. Krogman said the OTT options illustrate his company’s strong desire to make their championship events available to Iowans.
“We will continue to add additional broadcast outlets as they become available, to provide our viewers the best possible coverage and options to watch all of our events,” Krogman said.
The Iowa football semifinals start at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Nov. 9. For more information, visit www.ihssn.com.