Florida Gators fans across the country got more good news on Monday when it was announced that ESPN and the SEC Network have reached a distribution deal with DirecTV, which will carry the channel when it launches nationwide on Aug. 15.
Already set to be available on AT&T U-Verse, DISH Network, Google Fiber, Cox Communications, Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, as well as a variety of local cable carriers, SEC Network will now be in approximately 87 million homes after this latest agreement.
“The SEC boasts powerhouse athletic programs, especially in football, representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any professional teams,” said Dan York, DIRECTV’s Chief Content Officer, in a press release. “The depth of SEC competition and the quality ESPN brings to game production and complementary programming makes SEC Network a valuable addition to our sports programming lineup, and we’re excited to bring it into our customers’ homes and on their devices.”
DirecTV had previously stated that it expected to ink a deal to carry SEC Network and had already agreed to cost-per-subscribe terms with ESPN.
The announcement leaves Verizon FIOS as the only major nationwide provider not currently slated to have the channel when it launches.
Every major cable operator and both satellite providers that service in Florida will provide customers with access to the SEC Network. Verizon FIOS is currently only available in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa.