DirecTV customers are worried they may not be able to view the SEC Network when it debuts August 14th, and they should be. As of now, DirecTV has no agreement with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.
The issue was recently clouded by AT&T’s announced plans to acquire DirecTV. Those plans will not impact DirecTV programming in the near future.
As cable and satellite subscribers know, the pace of network and programming negotiations is not dictated by customer angst. USAToday recently quoted a non-dated DirecTVstatement:
We’re in the middle of productive discussions with Disney over ESPN’s new SEC Network and hope to be able to provide it as soon as we possibly can. Both DirecTV and Disney understand and appreciate the unique bond between SEC teams and the communities they represent, many of which lack any professional teams. We are working cooperatively to ensure that everyone can still see their favorite SEC team play at the most reasonable value to all SEC fans and the rest of our customers throughout the Southeast.
Keep those cards and letters coming, SEC fans.
Many more fans can relax with the recent announcement that Time-Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will carry the SEC Network. The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in all Time-Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 college football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on August 28 at 6 p.m. ET.
With the addition of Time-Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide.
Agreements are also in place with AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, and almost 60 other providers to distribute the network. ESPN continues to negotiate with the other distributors for carriage of the SEC Network.