SEC warns fans that DirecTV and AT&T customers may not be able to watch any SEC games this weekend

If you are a DirecTV or AT&T subscriber, you could be out of luck this weekend, as the entire network of channels from ESPN — including the SEC Network — may not be available to customers of those services.

The Southeastern Conference shared this information on Friday morning.

According to the information provided by the SEC and league commissioner Greg Sankey, DirecTV and AT&T are threatening to pull ESPN from their offerings starting this weekend. The SEC has linked out to a website called instantaccesstv.com for a detailed explanation into the issues Disney is having reaching an agreement with DirecTV and AT&T:

“Unfortunately, so far AT&T has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us, despite the fact that the terms we are seeking are in line with recent marketplace deals we have reached with other distributors. If a deal is not reached soon, DIRECTV and AT&T video subscribers could lose access to ABC, ESPN and more.”

That site encourages customers to explore other cable options if an agreement cannot be reached.

This may be last minute, but at least it’s some heads up heading into the Week 3 action.

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  • if you ask me they all stink. Ive threatened to just quit tv altogether more than once. Did it for a few weeks not to long ago and it didn't bother me much, but I knew I wanted to watch football games and see the news. had I known UT would be so bad I may have stayed off it. Would have been a lot less painful.

    • You know man I got Hulu but not Hulu live. I should of because direct tv was going to charge 200 to just to watch tv I threatened to leave so they lowered but should of just left. I wish I had of went to Hulu live.

  • If I am unable to watch games this weekend, I am dropping DirecTV. I've been a subscriber for 21 years/

      • Several people have said the same thing. I was all set to switch to them and I called DirecTV to cancel last month. They convinced me to stay by matching the price of YouTube TV so I held off. However, not showing games this weekend would be the final straw.

        • Yeah, give it a try. The set up is better imo compared to sling and direct TV. Haven't seen Hulu. But with YouTube you get the locals as well so you can watch cbs, abc, etc.

    • Why do blame DirectTV when it is the media companies who are pulling their programming. This a tactic increasingly employed by the likes of CBS, Nexstar and Disney (ESPN) in negotiating what are called “carriage agreements” and have been used against DISH, Comcast and other providers, both satellite and cable. The media or broadcasters hope you will act just as you’re threatening to do by boycotting the provider and believe there is little risk to them since it’s hard to effectively boycott a media company. Well in this situation they are wrong. Let Disney know that if they pull ESPN and ABC we will boycott all Disney properties and products. That will get their attention. There’s one other thing you and others can do and that is by contacting your congressman and senators office asking that legislation be enacted for the FCC to require the parties to submit to binding arbitration in carriage agreement negotiations which have reached an impasse. This will stop this negotiation tactic where we the viewers suffer and is exactly what has been done by the Canadian equivalent of our FCC!

    • This is not Directv it’s Disney/Espn wanting more money. They want everyone to blame ATT just like fox pulled the same thing about a month ago wanting more money for ATT to carry their station. They bleed ATT for millions of dollars so in order for Att to keep their customers happy they have no choice but to pay it which in turn ATT has to increase their prices to make up for Disney/ESPN wanting more. Boycott Disney!

  • I use Playstation Vue and get every channel needed to watch all CFB games. Saved a lot of money switching from cable. The only draw back is speed and quality is at the mercy of your internet connect, so I recommend a fast internet service and good router.

    • This is not Directv it's Disney/Espn wanting more money. They want everyone to blame ATT just like fox pulled the same thing about a month ago wanting more money for ATT to carry their station. They bleed ATT for millions of dollars so in order for Att to keep their customers happy they have no choice but to pay it which in turn ATT has to increase their prices to make up for Disney/ESPN wanting more. Boycott Disney!

  • Seriously guys?!?!?!? This is nuts. We literally just spent over a month without CBS because of contract negotiations. We pay A LOT of money for DirecTV. In fact, my DirecTV just went up $54 a month for no apparent reason. We should not have to deal with this kind of crap!!!! Get it together and get the contracts worked out!!!!!!

    • This is not Directv it’s Disney/Espn wanting more money. They want everyone to blame ATT just like fox pulled the same thing about a month ago wanting more money for ATT to carry their station. They bleed ATT for millions of dollars so in order for Att to keep their customers happy they have no choice but to pay it which in turn ATT has to increase their prices to make up for Disney/ESPN wanting more. Boycott Disney!

  • It's called deregulation, and the viewers are the ones in control, know if everybody just said enough is enough and drop all these screwuover television services and uses radio for a month not only would these television providers and NCAA and SEC work it out for the customers You and Me dont get screwed just turn on your radio

  • This is an FYI:

    AT&T/Direct TV has taken a hard line on negotiating for broadcast rights. As we all know, cable costs have risen astronomically and part of that is because companies like Disney (who owns ESPN and ABC) require them to pay astronomical sums of money. Cable companies (ironically) are like their customers where they can't just choose which channels they want to use because companies like Disney require them to pay for the rights to all channels in their offerings.

    Hypothetical example:

    AT&T wants purchase rights for only ESPN, ESPN2, and the SEC Network.

    Disney won't sell broadcast rights unless AT&T also includes ESPN Desportes, ESPN U, the Big Ten Network, all Disney Channel offerings, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, etc. in the contract.

    If AT&T is able to change the pricing structure for broadcast rights, there is no guarantee they will pass those savings onto customers. But like a lot of you commenting have alluded to, people are tired of the prices and are switching to other options. This is the case where I think we should be supporting AT&T's efforts.

    • Your spot on with your comments. See mine above. I don’t think AT&T, Comcast, DISH et al are the culprits here. The media programmers are trying to force feed what we watch and how much we pay! Hit em where it hurts boycott Disney products and properties! Then push for legislation requiring binding arbitration in carriage agreement negotiations which reach an impasse just like Canada does.

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