AUBURN, Ala. — Charter is officially on board to carry the SEC Network.
Last week, the provider announced it was "finalizing an agreement with ESPN" to distribute the SEC Network. On Wednesday, Charter announced the agreement in an official release.
“We are excited to be bringing the SEC Network to Charter customers,” Allan Singer, SVP of Programming for Charter Communications, said in the 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.”
And bringing Charter into the fold gave SEC commissioner Mike Slive another deal to tout.
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“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," he said.
Charter's deal joins a handful of other agreements that have been reached recently. In the last month, WOW! cable (a local distributor), Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks signed on to carry the network. Previous agreements had already been announced with Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse, Google Fiber and Cox Communications.
There are still two companies that serve the Chattahoochee Valley still negotiating with ESPN: Cable of East Alabama and Mediacom.
In its first year, the SEC Network will air 45 football games, starting with the season's opening weekend. On Aug. 30, Auburn will face Arkansas at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan-Hare Stadium. One week later, Alabama hosts Florida Atlantic. Kickoff for that Sept. 6 contest is set for noon ET.
Later that month, Georgia will appear on the network when Troy comes to Athens, Ga., for a non-conference matchup on Sept. 20. Game time is set for noon ET.