The SEC Network launches in August, and the league has been encouraging fans to request the network via their cable provider. You can do that here.
Obviously, there’s still a couple months before you really need to start worrying about whether your cable provider will carry the SEC Network or not, and lobbying for the network can certainly help.
Yesterday, it was reported that DirecTV was emailing fans who have requested the SEC Network and responding with the update that they “have no current plans to carry the SEC Network”. And SEC fans went off on DirecTV on Twitter.
Due to the demand of SEC fans, DirecTV did issue a statement via Twitter that the network is still in negotiations to bring the SEC Network to fans. So, there’s some hope.
DIRECTV is still in negotiations to bring SEC Network to customers. Check http://t.co/QDaZagBzUw for updates as season gets closer
— DIRECTV (@DIRECTV) February 19, 2014
Just the mere threat of DirecTV not carrying the SEC Network caused fans to voice their opinion via Twitter, and long-time subscribers made sure their voices were heard:
— Lugnut Dawg (@LugnutDawg) February 19, 2014
— Ryan Brown (@RyanBrownWJOX) February 19, 2014
@DIRECTV pick up the sec network or I am dropping my account and going to@dish
— steve hedgecoth (@StevieHedgecoth) February 20, 2014
My contract with @DIRECTV is up in july. If there is no SEC network im dropping.
— Jeff Holland (@JHolland73) February 20, 2014
— Chris Campbell (@ChrisCampbell58) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV Are you out of your mind? Every one I know will drop Direct TV without SEC network.
— Randy Yates (@randyajax) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV I’ve been a Directv customer for over 10 years. If you don’t carry the SEC network I will switch to Dish.
— Suzanne Wyman (@AggieSuzq) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV SEC Network isn’t optional. Have it, or lose a LOT of business.
— Nick Ard (@spooky6_21) February 20, 2014
— Danny Spencer (@volboy81) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV you will lose this 10 year subscriber if there is no sec network deal.
— Scott (@walton_rab) February 20, 2014
— Dax Jeter (@DaxJeter) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV Long-time subscriber. Would like to know you’re going to carry SEC Network before football season. Will swap if necessary.
— Christina.L.Schutt (@CLS_AU) February 20, 2014
@DIRECTV I love my DirecTV, but I love SEC sports more. If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be switching providers.
— Derrick Gregory (@gregorydmd) February 20, 2014
If @DIRECTV doesn’t carry the SEC Network I will switch to Dish. Who cares about the channel difference if I can’t watch Mizzou.
— Jared Lankford (@JaredLankford) February 20, 2014
Well I guess after being a @DIRECTV subscriber for 13 years I guess this August will be my last with no SEC.
— Ty aka Robisc (@robisc69) February 19, 2014
Dear @DIRECTV I will be switching services due you not wanting to show the SEC Network this coming year.
— Big Trey (@freakinkearsed) February 19, 2014