The distribution machine that is the SEC Network keeps rolling along.
Fresh on the heels of adding DirecTV earlier this week, and eight days ahead of its launch, the fledgling network and ESPN announced Wednesday a deal with Charter Communications. The agreement pushes the SEC Network’s reach to in excess of 91 million homes.
For perspective, ESPNU is available in roughly 75 million homes.
“We are excited to be bringing the SEC Network to Charter customers,” said Allan Singer, SVP of Programming for Charter Communications. “We know that there are many SEC fans and grads in our footprint who are ready to cheer on their team and we are glad that the SEC Network will be available to them when it launches on August 14th.”
The agreement also means that the SEC Network and ESPN have reached an agreement with eight of the Top 10 distributors in the country, a reach that covers 90 percent of the country.
The biggest distributor — broadband, cable or satellite — not yet signed on is Verizon FiOS.
The first football game to be broadcast on the network will be the Aug. 28 game featuring Texas A&M at South Carolina. That’s the first game of a doubleheader, with Temple-Vanderbilt game following.