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ESPN, Comcast Cable reach agreement for carriage of SEC Network

MUMBAI: US sports broadcaster ESPN and US cable major Comcast Cable have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network, which will begin rolling out to fans and followers of the South-eastern Conference across Comcast markets at the start of the SEC college football season.

Comcast subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s and Comcast’s digital platforms—including the Xfinity TV Go app and website, WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com—with the ability to watch SEC Network’s live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device. With the addition of Comcast, the SEC Network will be available to 46 million households across the US.

Comcast Cable senior VP, GM, video services Matt Strauss said, “We are extremely pleased to have reached this agreement with ESPN to deliver the SEC Network to Xfinity TV customers on multiple platforms. Whether in the home or on the go, Xfinity TV customers will be able to watch their favourite South-eastern Conference teams in more ways than ever before.”

Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior VP, affiliate sales Sean Breen said, “We are pleased to announce Comcast as our latest distributor for the SEC Network, which continues to attract great demand from consumers across the country and adds significant value for our affiliates leading up to the national network’s launch next month.”

The SEC Network and its accompanying digital offering 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. The network will be an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said, “With more than three weeks still to go before launch, we are pleased to add Comcast, the largest cable television distributor in the country, to the growing list of providers that will bring the SEC Network to millions of fans nationwide.”

ESPN senior VP for college networks Justin Connolly said, “We’re thrilled to have Comcast on board as a distributor for the launch of the SEC Network on 14 August. Across the country, Comcast’s Xfinity customers will have access to all of the great content and coverage from the SEC Network. We continue to gain momentum for a successful launch across a wide range of affiliated providers.”