ESPN’s SEC Network Scores Carriage Deal With Time Warner Cable, Bright House

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Now the Southeastern Conference channel will be available to 60 million households

ESPN’s SEC network is touching down on Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

The so-called Worldwide Leader in Sports has reached a carriage deal with the two cable providers for the channel’s Aug. 14 launch. The first game of the SEC 2014-15 college football season — Texas A&M vs. South Carolina — kicks off on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. ET.

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With the addition of the two cable companies, the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide.

“We know we have customers who want the SEC Network, and are pleased to bring it to them,” Andrew Rosenberg, senior vice president of Content Acquisition for Time Warner Cable, said in a press release. “This deal will help ensure that fans and alumni of SEC universities won’t miss any important games.”

Added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, Affiliate Sales: “By delivering the SEC Network across Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ nationwide footprint, including key markets within SEC territory, we are meeting the demands of fans while also adding value to customers’ video subscriptions in advance of the network’s launch next month.”

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The SEC Network will air more than 1,000 live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC’s 21 sports.