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SEC Network on pace for solid debut

Mike Slive, John Skipper

If there were any fears from SEC fans about not being able to get the SEC Network, which hits airwaves next month, many of those nightmare scenarios are starting to calm down. Today ESPN and Cox Communications announced the two sides have reached an agreement to bring the SEC Network to Cox subscribers.

“The addition of Cox is another very important step in the development of the SEC Network, bringing millions more viewers nationwide to the network when it launches on August 14,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive in a released statement. “As one of the largest cable television distributors in the U.S., including five states in the SEC footprint, this agreement with Cox has a significant impact on exposure for the SEC.”

It certainly is. As it stands now, the SEC Network is scheduled to go live with access to an estimated 26 million customers.

It is important to make note the Big Ten Network’s launch faced a different TV environment and had to break down some walls to be able to help sell the idea that a conference-specific network was desirable and worth adding. Since then the Pac-12 has launched the Pac-12 Network, media rights deals have skyrocketed and now the ACC is contemplating the possibility of launching its own network. The customer base expected to have access to the SEC Network when it launches in mid-August is a testament to the popularity and demand for conference-specific programming from region to region.

The SEC Network is currently scheduled to be available to customers of Dish Network, Google Fiber, AT&T U-Verse and assorted smaller carriage providers throughout the region (Comcast is not a done deal yet, but expected to be finalized before launch; Verizon FIOS should not be far behind either). The SEC Network still has to get by the DirecTV hurdle, but there is still time to sort out that one.

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20 Responses to “SEC Network on pace for solid debut”
  1. drewzuhoskydaily says: Jul 9, 2014 11:28 AM

    Reblogged this on DrewZuhoskyDaily! and commented:
    ESPN’s newest cable endeavor is looking strong right out of the gate. The addition of COX Communications strengthens the market in the Southeast.

  2. stonegossardstyle says: Jul 9, 2014 11:29 AM

    Yet the SEC remains such a distant 2nd in popularity and viewership. I can’t wait for their inferiority complex when it comes to popularity get even fiercer. They are so miffed that they’re not more popular, as a conference. Such a chip on the shoulder. This should be fun.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 9, 2014 11:35 AM

    Far different debut than the LHN…

  4. seminolez says: Jul 9, 2014 11:39 AM

    26 million homes? Does that include all the trailer parks?

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 9, 2014 12:11 PM

    I’m sorry… I didn’t realize that Tallahassee was such a cultural center of the south….

    Maybe don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house….

  6. marlon12560 says: Jul 9, 2014 1:28 PM

    ESPN has been very smart on all of these signings for the SEC Network. Every cable or satellite that they have signed with had to include the Longhorn Network also.

  7. 1990tiger says: Jul 9, 2014 1:36 PM

    C’mon Time Warner Cable….get with the program!!!

  8. seminolez says: Jul 9, 2014 1:50 PM

    80to80 must think arkansas, mississippi, and alabama are rich and don’t lead the country in teen pregnancy…

  9. imaduffer says: Jul 9, 2014 1:52 PM

    I guess I won’t get to watch Alabama vs. Florida Atlantic. Damn!

  10. Kevin McGuire says: Jul 9, 2014 2:10 PM

    Apparently I had some bad information. Comcast and Verizon FIOS not officially on yet, but should be coming.

  11. floridacock says: Jul 9, 2014 2:42 PM

    FIOS get it together or Dish it will be!

  12. erockfox says: Jul 9, 2014 3:11 PM

    here’s what I don’t understand…..

    Who outside of the southeast is going to watch this network?

    The BIG TEN Network has national viewership because mid-westerners have dispersed throughout the country. Southerners aren’t really known for moving away from the south as much as those in the midwest.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 9, 2014 5:40 PM

    @seminolez

    I didn’t say the SEC wasn’t littered with trailers….

    I just questioned if there might not be a fairly high population of those same trailer parks in Florida as well?

  14. cometkazie says: Jul 9, 2014 6:00 PM

    Any idea what the charge will be to receive the SEC Network?

  15. cometkazie says: Jul 9, 2014 6:05 PM

    I answered my own question. From the BR Advocate:

    “Cox confirmed that the SEC Network would be available on high-definition and standard-definition channels in their Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana markets on is “digital essential tier,” which includes 166 channels. The price of that tier is $69.99 per month.”

  16. jkulha86 says: Jul 10, 2014 8:38 AM

    Isn’t ESPN already the SEC Network?

  17. be4bama says: Jul 10, 2014 9:30 AM

    Direct TV better get with the program or I’ll be gone!!

  18. tngilmer says: Jul 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Comcast better get it done soon or I am going to DISH. I am not going to wait to the last minute and then not be able to get DISH after hearing the Comcast will not carry the SECNetwork.

  19. florida727 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:50 PM

    When your conference wins 7 of the last 8 national championships in football, your highlights are shown on cable. When your highlights are shown on cable, your popularity escalates. When your popularity escalates, blog sites talk about you. When blog sites talk about you, haters hate. Don’t let haters hate. Get rid of cable. And upgrade to Direct TV.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 12:16 PM

    That should be DirectTV’s new hashtag campaign.

    #DontLetHatersHate

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