Mediacom Communications to Launch SEC Network
Mediacom Communications Corporation announced today that it has reached an agreement with ESPN for carriage of the SEC Network. This launch highlights a larger, long-term deal between Mediacom and The Walt Disney Company, the details of which will be announced in the coming days.
The SEC Network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in Mediacom markets beginning August 14, ahead of the first SEC 2014-15 College Football season game, Texas A&M vs. South Carolina, on August 28 at 6 p.m. ET. Mediacom subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's digital platforms - including WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com - with the ability to watch SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.
"Our cable systems in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee are located in the heart of SEC country," said Ed Pardini, Senior Vice President of Operations for Mediacom. "By launching the SEC Network, we will bring even more live college sports action to SEC alumni and fans."
Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales added, "With the launch just hours away, this is great news for all of Mediacom's customers. Mediacom is a valuable addition to the overall footprint and we look forward to serving their customers and fans of the SEC."
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.
"Mediacom serves many fans of the Southeastern Conference," added Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior Vice President, College Networks. "We look forward to providing an array of outstanding SEC programming to Mediacom customers on the new SEC Network."
Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference said, "We are pleased to have Mediacom join the SEC Network in advance of our launch on Thursday. Mediacom customers, which include viewers in seven SEC states, join more than 90 million homes with access to the Network."
About Mediacom Communications
Mediacom Communications Corporation is the nation's eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant customer concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services, including video, high-speed data and phone, and provides innovative broadband communications solutions through its Mediacom Business division. Mediacom Communications' advertising sales and productions services are sold under its OnMedia division. More information about Mediacom Communications is available at www.mediacomcc.com.
About SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will carry SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. AT&T U-verse® TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, DISH, Google Fiber, Mediacom, LUS Fiber, PTC Communications, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC will carry the television network nationwide at launch. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively as SEC Network+ events on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com through authenticated access from AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and members of the NCTC, NRTC and NTTC.