SEC Network, Comcast reach agreement on cable distribution


(Associated Press)

SEC fans who have Comcast are in luck, as the SEC Network will be available to the company’s cable subscribers when it debuts on Aug. 14. ESPN, which will operate the network, and Comcast announced the deal on Friday.

Per Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand, the network will be available on its expanded basic tier in SEC territory and on digital basic outside of SEC territory.

“The Comcast deal pushes SEC Network’s distribution footprint to 46 million homes, including carriage on AT&T, Cox and Dish Network. The Comcast deal also includes TV Everywhere rights, allowing for live streaming of the channel on Xfinity TV Go and WatchESPN,” Ourand continues.

DirecTV, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS are the only major cable/satellite companies that have yet to work out an agreement to carry the SEC Network, though DirecTV reportedly is close to a deal, which would extend the SEC Network’s reach to 75 million subscribers.

As far as what you’ll actually see on the SEC Network, don’t expect too many hard-hitting investigations.

Here’s David Climer of the Tennessean:

At SEC Media Days on Wednesday, the ESPN executive who is in charge of the SEC Network said negative news developments would be reported but suggested the reports would not necessarily be in-depth.

“We’re not going to do a lot of investigative journalism, but we are going to report when something happens and let fans know,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president of college networks, who oversees the SEC Network.

“I think that’s critical if we’re going to maintain editorial integrity and credibility with fans out there.”

Climer added that SEC schools initially will receive $20 million per year in revenue from the new network.

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