Have Cox in the OC now that I moved down. Having moved between the Bay Area and SoCal a few times now, I can assure you that Comcast has far better customer service than Cox. Think D- vs. F.
FWIW - Cox did not have anything for the conference in HD yesterday. The SD channel was easy to find, I guess. The online registration for the online access was acceptable, but requires a familiarity with the webpage that is probably uncommon. I needed to know my Cox online ID and password. I have those things set up for pay online and bill view because I do that for almost every account, but without that I would have been stuck. So I am confident few cable customers will get instant access if they try to figure it out 10 minutes before kickoff of their team.
I would love to get a different provider, but will stick with Cox until someone else in SoCal steps up to provide access.
All seven channels seemed to show the same things last night based on the online experience.
First, there were a few programs that seemed focused on getting to know the studio hosts and establish the studio hosts as Pac-12 football experts.
Every football team in the conference seemed capable of beating every non-Pac-12 team, upsets of OOC teams like LSU, for example, were predicted. Then we got a nice set of feel good stories about how the Pac-12 channel talent came to love the Pac-12. Summer Sanders seemed to have the best and longest section. It was far and away the most focused on the campus and the campus experience. I attributed that to Sanders' genuine interest in Stanford and the proximity of the campus to the network HQ.
Then the night had a feature series on Alex Smith (got to get Utah in somehow), and Andrew Luck. If you live in the Bay Area both stories probably seemed like old news, but they did reinforce the idea that the conference produces big time NFL talent.
Finally the night's prime time feature was presented on all channels. That feature was the painfully boring replay of Oregon and UCLA in the Pac-12 football championship game.
Did not watch after that, but the channels will seem to have the production quality of the regional FSNs. I would probably be willing to stream live content to watch Stanford sports, but I am very confident that casual fans will not do that unless the Pac-12 creates some type of Olympic Sports fantasy league or something.