With the SEC Network set to make its debut later today, RCN announced this morning that it would be carrying the college sports action via a multi-year distribution agreement between the NCTC and the Walt Disney Company.
As of this morning, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS and Mediacom Communications hadn’t struck deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network, although a spokesman for the latter said Mediacom was “actively working with them on it.”
The SEC Network is available to RCN customers in all markets where it provides service, including Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
“We are dedicated to providing our customers with an extensive lineup of sports programming and are pleased to now include the SEC Network in our programming line-up,” said Chris Fenger, Chief Operating Officer at RCN. “This carriage will allow sports fans to enjoy more games and original content featuring Southeastern Conference teams.”
The SEC Network will be available to current and new RCN digital TV subscribers on its Premiere Sports Tier. The SEC Network’s debut is slated for 6 p.m. EDT tonight.
Cable operators are reportedly paying $1.40 per moth per subscriber in the 11 states that comprise the SEC Conference, and $0.25 per month in all other states.
The SEC Network 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.
With the recent addition of Charter, the SEC Network is available to more than 91 million households nationwide.
Last year The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced a 20-year agreement to operate the SEC Network.