ESPN and Google Fiber have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network on Google Fiber when the multiplatform network launches on August 14, 2014. The channel will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference in Kansas City (KS and MO) and Provo (UT) at launch. It will also be available in Austin (TX) when Google’s network is completed there. Google Fiber subscribers will also have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.
“The SEC is pleased to be on the cutting edge of the Google Fiber service as the list of distributors for the SEC Network continues to grow,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive.
Added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, affiliate sales: “We continue to communicate the value of the upcoming SEC Network to distributors, and are pleased to build on our momentum with the addition of Google Fiber as our fourth agreement for the national network.”
“Google Fiber is the latest provider added to a growing list of distributors who have signed agreements for the SEC Network,” said Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. “We look forward to serving SEC fans across the expanding Google Fiber footprint with an unparalleled offering of more SEC content than ever before.”
The SEC Network and its accompanying digital platform 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.
Details on the SEC Network’s channel number will be available on www.fiber.google.com at a later date.
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 in August 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise approximately 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 studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, DISH and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network.
About Google Fiber
Google Fiber is an Internet and TV service that provides Internet connectivity up to 100x faster
than the average American broadband speed, along with hundreds of HD TV channels. Google Fiber is currently available for residents in Kansas City (KN and MO) and Provo (UT), will be available later this year for residents in Austin (TX), and may roll out in as many as 9 additional markets.