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SEC Network and Longhorn Network to be carried by DISH

Les Miles AP

The SEC Network will launch with a national audience this August. The SEC and broadcast partner ESPN have struck a deal with DISH to carry the brand new network nationally when the network flips the switch on August 14. With the deal in place, DISH is the first nationwide provider of the network. DISH is also adding The Longhorn Network to its nationwide coverage under a package deal with Walt Disney Company.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “More than five months ahead of the network launch, it’s exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard. Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network.”

The SEC Network now has a major hurdle cleared leading up to the launch of the sports network prior to the 2014 college football season, but there will be more to come. Battles with cable providers will still have to be hashed out, and sometimes those battles linger a little longer. Demand for the network in the SEC’s footprint will be high of course, as the network will be airing some games exclusively on the network.

The SEC Network also has a higher potential customer base than the Longhorn Network, which has been fighting a number of other battles since it was launched in 2011. The network had been carried by only a small percentage of providers, but adding a national carriage partner will finally help boost the advantages of the Longhorn Network that were initially expected for the Texas program. Last August the Longhorn Network was picked up by Time Warner Cable, which was a significant milestone for the network.

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9 Responses to “SEC Network and Longhorn Network to be carried by DISH”
  1. woebegong says: Mar 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    I have direct TV, so I hope they get off their duff and pick up the SEC network as well.

  2. cf8280 says: Mar 4, 2014 11:50 AM

    If you’ve got ESPN you’re already watching the SEC Network. The only thing missing are the cheerleading uniforms and pom-poms.

  3. Woody Bass III says: Mar 4, 2014 12:35 PM

    Reblogged this on The Other Team and commented:

  4. normtide says: Mar 4, 2014 1:25 PM

    CF8280- I’m still waiting to hear why espn pushes the SEC over the other 5 leagues who have BETTER contracts with espn. The SEC’s top contract is with CBS. So tell me why espn would push their competition? Espn is tied closer to the B1G and ACC than the SEC. The SEC network has brought them closer, but that is fairly new, your excuse has been used for 8 years.

    Any satellite or cable provider will lose a huge chunk of the Southeast if they fail to pick up the SEC. SEC fans are fiercely loyal.

  5. nickp91 says: Mar 4, 2014 1:33 PM

    Let’s see how many people switch to Dish to be able to get SEC Network

  6. greenwhodat26 says: Mar 4, 2014 3:02 PM

    I had DISH for four years while I lived in Alaska. I now have Directv since I’ve moved back to the states. DISH network effin sucks…

  7. drummerhoff says: Mar 4, 2014 3:57 PM

    SEC Network saves the LongHorn Network. Smart move bundle it ESPN… it should be illegal.

  8. imaduffer says: Mar 4, 2014 8:40 PM

    If they show Alabama vs LSU exclusively on DISH the SEC loses. As far as the other lower tier teams in the SEC, who cares.

  9. normtide says: Mar 4, 2014 9:14 PM

    Cbs will still have first pick of SEC games, then espn gets 2 to 3 games. Until this year, the third tier was sort of a syndicate deal. Jefferson Pilot and a few others. They in turn sold it to local networks. It was always the first game of the day. Fox airs it in my market. As far as I know, the SEC bought back all the third tier rights. So I’m thinking it will get the early game and then any games that cbs and espn pass on. Plus tons of programming from the non-revenue sports. Either way, it’s expected to be highly profitable. The SEC gets great numbers in markets outside the south.

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