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It’s official; Comcast adds SEC Network


Word started to spread yesterday as SEC Media days drew to a close, but the week has one last big announcement coming out of the SEC. The SEC Network has officially been added to the Comcast line-up for the 2014 season.

Awful Announcing gave us our first hint that an announcement was imminent, and a separate deal with DirecTV may not be far behind. Today the SEC Network formally announced the new deal that will bring the conference’s cable network into the homes of Comcast subscribers. Naturally, word broke on Twitter.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network to Xfinity TV customers on multiple platforms,” said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services, Comcast Cable. “Whether in the home or on the go, Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch their favorite Southeastern Conference teams in more ways than ever before.” According to the joint press release, the SEC Network will be made available to 46 million households through all existing partnerships in place. DirecTV will give that audience total a boost as well. It may just be a matter of when the announcement is planned to be announced at this point. Bruce Feldman of had one idea…

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11 Responses to “It’s official; Comcast adds SEC Network”
  1. seminolez says: Jul 18, 2014 11:20 AM


    coming on at noon, women’s water polo! Central arkansas A&M at Tennessee

  2. rolltide510 says: Jul 18, 2014 11:53 AM

    I think its awesome Comcast used it to immediately tweak DirecTV, as if there’s even a 1% chance every provider won’t have it by kickoff.

  3. lsuzilla says: Jul 18, 2014 11:53 AM

    How much extra is it??

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    lsuzilla says:
    Jul 18, 2014 11:53 AM

    How much extra is it??

    Comes with my Sports Package on UVerse..

  5. drummerhoff says: Jul 18, 2014 11:58 AM

    Seminolez, SECN is not like any other. This isn’t a ‘park your tier 3 here’ channel. There is going to be nationally televised games at all three time slots every Saturday.

    I’m curious to see what is going to televise on ABC, ESPN and espn2 on Saturday nights. One thing is for sure. Big time football will be on SECNETWORK Saturday afternoon and night.

  6. sweepthleg says: Jul 18, 2014 12:39 PM

    I guess the question is the network included in the expanded cable package? Or do you have get the extra tier sports package? Usually only $5.00 bucks when football come around which i do pay for during football season because of Redzone.

  7. Deb says: Jul 18, 2014 12:50 PM

    As a Comcast customer, guess I’m all set. But certainly hope those games are available to all fans by the time the season starts.

  8. charles130 says: Jul 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    At the end of the day these are still Tier 3 games. Lots of Kentucky and Mississippi State football.

    They had to sacrifice a moderately good game to get everyone on board for the opener, but after that I’m not expecting much.

  9. erockfox says: Jul 18, 2014 1:43 PM

    Big10 Network shows live games on Saturdays…so tell me again how the SECN differs?

    It’s going to have the same ole boring programming, outside of live sports, that the BIG10N offers, except with less people ACTUALLY watching it.

  10. dmvtransplant says: Jul 19, 2014 10:00 AM

    Well considering I just checked and COMCAST doesn’t carry the PAC-12 network at least the Big Ten and SEC managed to get it done.

    Just to be clear the B1G network had to let ESPN & ABC pick which games they wanted first and then schedule broadcast second. If SEC does the same with CBS all Bama games will be on CBS or ESPN and mostly Vandy & Arkansas games on the SEC network it’s kind of a rip off if you ask me.

  11. deadeye says: Jul 19, 2014 2:28 PM

    “At the end of the day these are still Tier 3 games. Lots of Kentucky and Mississippi State football.”



    Not all the games will be tier3. TAMU and USC will be the first big game broadcast on the SECN, which is clearly tier2 at worst. The SEC will have the ability to schedule multiple compelling matchups on the same weekend so that they get to broadcast whatever CBS does not pick up as their tier1 selection.

    Certainly most of it is tier3, but enough tier2 will creep into the mix to make it compelling for SEC fans.

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