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ESPN reaches agreement with DIRECTV to air SEC Network

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The SEC Network is coming to a home near you.

Actually, it’s likely coming to your home as well after ESPN struck a deal with DIRECTV Monday to provide the SEC Network to all of its fans.

“The SEC boasts powerhouse athletic programs, especially in football, representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any professional teams,” Dan York, DIRECTV’s Chief Content Officer, said in the press release. “The depth of SEC competition and the quality ESPN brings to game production and complementary programming makes SEC Network a valuable addition to our sports programming lineup, and we’re excited to bring it into our customers’ homes and on their devices.”

The two companies neared a deal in recent days with the network set to debut in 10 days.

“Our agreement with DIRECTV continues to push the SEC Network towards one of the most successful network launches when it debuts on August 14,” said Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. “We’re proud to deliver the SEC Network nationwide via DIRECTV in advance of the Texas A&M and South Carolina game later this month.”

The agreement will increase the SEC Network’s initial audience to 87 million homes.

“With the launch of SEC Network just days away, we look forward to serving these legions of current and prospective students, alumni and loyal supporters with quality content and coverage nationwide,” added Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior Vice President, College Networks.

During it’s first year, the SEC Network will show over 1,000 live events, including 45 football games.

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26 Responses to “ESPN reaches agreement with DIRECTV to air SEC Network”
  1. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 4, 2014 9:48 PM

    The Longhorn network is still available in tens of homes.

  2. rabbi187 says: Aug 4, 2014 10:36 PM

    You’re obsession with The University of Texas is border line psychotic…

  3. pinchegringo12 says: Aug 4, 2014 11:01 PM

    Goodfield, what a complement…thats like Waylon always said he was crazy, and thats what kept him from going insane…back on topic, to be fair, i think lhn is now in 100’s of homes. They are trying to knock food network off with the cooking show.

  4. lsuzilla says: Aug 4, 2014 11:07 PM

    So how much is it going to be? That’s really all I care about.

  5. drummerhoff says: Aug 4, 2014 11:09 PM

    Can someone confirm:

    “available in 87 million households” means potential to subscribe not 87mil subscribers.

    I bring it up because BTN is available in 90mil but has 60mil subscribers.

  6. drummerhoff says: Aug 4, 2014 11:21 PM

    Lsuzilla, chances are, if you live in footprint of sec, sec net will be in the same CATV plan as ESPN.
    Outside the footprint, sec net will be in the same CATV plan a espnU.

    I live outside, but already subscribe to the plan that includes espnU, so SECNet won’t cost me extra.

  7. jkaflagg says: Aug 4, 2014 11:59 PM

    Assume that a lot of the football games will be of the Alabama vs. Chattanooga variety…..all the top games will be on the big networks…..

    I know the circumstances are different, but…..hopefully PAC 12 commish Larry Scott will notice that the SEC Network is available on Direct while his PAC 12 Network looks to be absent for a third season…..

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 5, 2014 1:04 AM

    Week one:

    Thursday: Texas A&M vs. South Carolina.
    Saturday: Georgia vs. Clemson
    Arkansas vs. Auburn

  9. wabbitslayer says: Aug 5, 2014 6:33 AM

    As a directv customer, I’m happy about this….as long as they don’t hire Gary and Verne. Ugh.

  10. floridacock says: Aug 5, 2014 8:06 AM

    FIOS?

  11. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 8:43 AM

    happy to have SEC Network going live on ATT UVerse on the 14th. Pac 12 Network is a good network too. The Big10 Network, i mean Little14 Network is unwatchable. i think i have watched it 1x in 3.5 yrs and it wasnt for the Little 14 team playing.

  12. kastout11 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:44 AM

    I’m hoping it will be on one of the medium packages, but I am guessing it will be on one of the premium packages. Hopefully, ESPN fought to have it on one of the lower packages, like the NFL fought Comcast to have their Network on the medium package. I would think ESPN wants more viewers, and with the SEC, DirecTV would be foolish to have it on one of their premium packages, with fewer viewers.

  13. imaduffer says: Aug 5, 2014 10:09 AM

    Sit right back and enjoy a five hour college football game. We will be right back after this important commercial message. “Trojan” we have got you covered like a SEC cornerback.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    goodfieldnohit says:
    Aug 5, 2014 1:04 AM

    Week one:

    Thursday: Texas A&M vs. South Carolina.
    Saturday: Georgia vs. Clemson
    Arkansas vs. Auburn
    _____________________

    Week One Big 10 network:

    Thursday: E. Illinois v Minnesota

    Friday: Jacksonville St. v Michigan St.

    Saturday: Youngstown St. v Illinois
    N. Iowa v Iowa
    James Madison v Maryland
    FAU v Nebraska

    Must see tv….

  15. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    @8to80texansblog:

    classic comparison. love it.

  16. imaduffer says: Aug 5, 2014 2:20 PM

    SEC week 2

    A&M vs Lamar
    Alabama vs Florida Atlantic
    LSU vs Sam Houston

    Thanks for playing along.

  17. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 5, 2014 4:57 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:
    As I have stated before, every time you post something it includes a derogatory comment. You never state who you root for other than the SEC. Are you embarrassed to admit to your team loyalty because they are a bottom dweller? It obviously isn’t a top SEC team because their fans are rightfully proud and compliment their team versus making hateful statements about others. You are without doubt the most ignorant troll in the CFT blog.

  18. tgaustin says: Aug 5, 2014 5:47 PM

    Imaduffer for the Win! Love it!

  19. waynefontes says: Aug 8, 2014 9:15 AM

    imaduffer says:
    Aug 5, 2014 2:20 PM
    SEC week 2

    A&M vs Lamar
    Alabama vs Florida Atlantic
    LSU vs Sam Houston

    Thanks for playing along.
    —————————————————-

    Big 10 Network week 2

    Western Kentucky vs Illinois
    Howard vs Rutgers
    Western Illinois vs Wisconsin
    Middle Tennessee vs Minnesota
    Northern Illinois vs Northwestern

    Thanks for playing along.

    You lose.

  20. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 8, 2014 3:31 PM

    In other sports news, theBig 12 Commissioner is pleased to announce in a press conference the 2014 Big 12 football schedule on the Big 12 Network……….awaiting Commissioner Bowlsby remarks.

  21. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 8, 2014 3:35 PM

    tgaustin,

    Hope your rehab is going well and that the longhorns have jettison all their felons by now. Just how many football games are on the Big 12 Network week 1?

  22. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 8, 2014 3:37 PM

    Still waiting for Commissioner Bowlsby’s remarks on the 2014 Big 12 football schedule on the Big 12 network……………

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 2:50 PM

    @brutusbuckeye2011:

    Its not derogatory when its fact. 10-21 the Little 14s Bowl record in the last 4 bowl seasons.

    Sucks to be you.

  24. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 3:01 PM

    @brutusbuckeye2011:

    Dont you have your own fanboard to brag about how great the suckeyes are because they beat Navy, Kent State, Cincinnati, and Va Tech. Dont you have your own fanboard talk about how tough your non-conference and in conference schedule is?

    I know its tough to figure out what conference I enjoy watching. As a Suckeye fan I would imagine its so tough to figure it out.

  25. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 9, 2014 5:46 PM

    Still waiting…….

  26. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:54 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    I didn’t ask what conference you root for. I asked what team you root for. You still refuse to identify your team. Why are you ashamed to admit your allegiance? Are they that much of as loser?

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