Charter Communications adds SEC Network as reach tops 90 million
If you’re a college football fan, chances are the SEC Network will be available to you this season.
Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president and head of the SEC Network, announced Wednesday that Charter Communications is the latest company to agree to terms with ESPN, meaning the SEC Network’s reach at launch on Aug. 14 will exceed 91 million homes nationwide.
“The SEC Network continues to attract greater demand as we inch closer to its debut, and with Charter, we will be able to serve their customers nationwide with quality content and coverage across all of the SEC’s 21 sports on multiple platforms,” Connolly said.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 6, 2014
“We are excited to be bringing the SEC Network to Charter customers,” said Allan Singer, SVP of Programming for Charter Communications, in a release. “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.”
“With the addition of Charter, SEC Network is currently slated to be available to eight of the top ten distributors nationwide at launch, covering 90 percent of all U.S. cable homes,” added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. “We look forward to serving Charter customers nationwide, including many SEC markets.”
Charter Communications offers cable television, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to more than 27.6 million customers in 29 states.
“Millions of fans nationwide — including those in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — will be pleased to know that this latest agreement with Charter will ensure that the SEC Network will be available to them at launch,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
On Monday, the SEC Network announced a mega deal with DIRECTV.
The first live televised game on the network is Aug. 28 when South Carolina opens the season at 6 p.m. ET against Texas A&M.