Posted: 4:28 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014

Report: SEC Network nears deal with Comcast 

By Andy Johnston

You might want to hold out for a couple of weeks if you’re a Comcast subscriber who’s worried that you won’t have the SEC Network.

The SEC Network, which debuts Aug. 14, and Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, are “working out final details,” Comcast spokesperson John Demming told FoxSports.com. “We expect to come to an agreement in the near future.”

Comcast is a major provider metro Atlanta and Georgia, so it’s addition will be huge for SEC fans statewide.

Dish Network, AT&T Uverse and Google Fiber have agreed to carry the SEC Network, and adding Comcast, would put the SEC Network in about 50 million households.

Every SEC football team will air on the network within the first month of season. The network will debut is live football coverage with two games on Aug. 28: Temple at Vanderbilt and Texas A&M at South Carolina.

In other SEC Network news, ESPN and anchor Dari Nowkhah have reached a multi-year dealto host the SEC Network and “SEC Now,” its nightly news and information show.

“The best thing about college sports is the passion of the fans, and top to bottom, there is no conference that matches the SEC in that category,” Nowkhah said in a statement on ESPN’s website. “To be a part of the SEC Network and continue my role with ESPN Radio is the perfect situation for me.”

“SEC Now” will be televised at 6 p.m. weeknights, beginning Aug. 14.

 

68 comments
lawabidingcitizen
lawabidingcitizen

As a Comcast subscriber, I've had to put up with their hideous customer service and outrageous pricing but if they don't add the SEC Network, I'm headed to U-Verse in a Dixie Minute.


HotDawg
HotDawg

I'm guessing that channel 45 on Comcast is being reserved for SEC Network.

Simply because it has been a test pattern since CSS shutdown a couple months ago.

TheMSUBlack
TheMSUBlack

I want SEC TV so bad, I don't care where I get it.  I have Comcast and I prefer getting it on Comcast, but if I have to change to Dish, so be it! Come on Comcast!!!

CrownRoyalDawg
CrownRoyalDawg

Hey Andy:

Can you provide any update on where SEC Network and Direct Tv are on their deal ?

Thanks

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

Well if they think I would switch providers (and pay a lot more than I do w/ Comcast due to the # of TV's I have) just to get the SEC network they are out of their mind.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

gtcaryd....The Winter's family owned the bank in my hometown.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Dari is really good. He allows the news to be the show instead of himself being the news. JMO

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Jonathan Winters also had a 15 min show back in the day.  All this retro thinking is making my head hurt!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

gtcaryd.....You are so right and tv didn't start till 7pm except on Saturday.  First program was always a 15 min show starring Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.  Actually it started at 6:45 with the test pattern.  You had to watch that test pattern with your tv tray and a Swanson's frozen dinner.  Who knew about AC, it was called Air Cooled when it first came out.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

It's funny watching our resident ACC fans continue to radiate their SEC envy out of every pore.

You can't ask them to stop posting about it - it's completely involuntary, like asking somebody to stop their interminable hiccupping - it owns them, not the other way around.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

gtcaryd......it really took a delicate touch to get that hanger just right.  If it was raining you might as well play Scrabble that night.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Princess_Leia....A lot of people care or Comcast would not be interested.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Hunk....My guess is that there will be a charge for the SEC Network.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Heard nothing from Charter, will they have it?

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Really, who cares?


And it was tin foil in my day, not that newfangled aluminum stuff.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

GTBob....you may be wrong on the popularity of the SEC Network.  It will be a strong addition to the Comcast lineup.  If it was the tennis network I would agree with you.  Direct TV will be watching the train leave the station once again.  Direct TV is just a poor choice right now.  Top management over there think black and white tv is making a comeback, if that gives you any idea.  TelStar is still a novel idea to them!


gtcaryd.....Direct TV gives all new customers a roll of tin foil as a sign up gift.  I do remember those days when a little tin foil and a coat hanger could get you that extra station in a city 50 miles away.  It could ruin your eye sight watching it but back then it just didn't matter.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Comcast already carries the B1G Network.

Hunk
Hunk

I have Comcast and it better be made part of my existing cable package because if they charge extra like the Big 10 I won't buy it.

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Is Direct TV not getting on board? I am waiting around for them to pick up SEC Network and if they don't soon, bye- bye. I always thought Direct was better than Dish, but you gotta have the SEC Network.

te29wr
te29wr

Waiting on COX but like everything else that group does is wait to the last min, and charge more..If they don't sign up by the end of July their gone   To bad I sit between two cities that have Comcast. so dish is the only option.

RingtheBell
RingtheBell

Can U say bye bye Direct!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HotDawg
HotDawg

This is very good news. About time there has been something new to report on this subject.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Does this mean the Charleston Southern November Classic won't be on CSS?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg It could be some of the Robinson's from" Lost in Space"trying to contact you. Watch that Dr. Smith.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@CrownRoyalDawg Direct TV said they were not paying that much to watch the dawgs crap out again. Something like that.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Ihateorange Dang, we agree on something! I am not going to pay anymore money for the SEC or any network.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ChuckinAlpharetta You must mean me i guess, i didn't realize i was radiating." Interminable" that's impressive Chuck.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Quackmeyer Had my nephew here last week, tried to explain to him he wouldn't have made it back when i was a kid. 1 bathroom, 1 TV, 3 channels, and no AC. Had the time of my life.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Princess_Leia Heck there were times my brothers would make me stand and hold the antenna, that was technology back then.

GTBob
GTBob

@Quackmeyer DirectTV knows that they aren't going to lose many football fans because of their Sunday NFL Ticket. They have far more bargaining power than the other providers. As far as the popularity goes, the SEC network will probably be viewed by less than 2% of each providers user base.

HotDawg
HotDawg

The can't afford not to make a deal.

Hold on a little longer if you have Direct now. Bet they're next after comcast.

Grant1296
Grant1296

I think not Techeye...

I heard they may carry the OSU Kent State game...

It will be riveting ....

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  No, GtBob is worse.  He is pathological in his hatred. And Chuck is right, the anti-SEC reaction is almost reflex with ACC fans.  And that is due to envy.  You are tired of hearing how much better the SEC is in football and that comes from envy.  Just as you would grumble about a neighbor that is obviously much better off than you are.  You just hope and pray for any set back.  And yes, it is that obvious.

GTBob
GTBob

@HotDawg Direct TV is going to be a lot tougher nut to crack than Comcast. They already dislike regional sports networks.

HotDawg
HotDawg

"They" can't afford not to.....

HotDawg
HotDawg

Lol.....amazing what we had to do back then!

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@Grant1296


The 1998 56-3 drubbing by the dogs over Kent State was certainly riveting. 


Jut sayin' grant.


DawginCO
DawginCO

@HotDawg  The dominoes will start tumbling in the next couple of weeks and by the beginning of August only the most stubborn outlets will be left.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@HotDawg I grew up next to the airport diring the 60's, you can't even imagine.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@Grant1296


Ohio State plays in-state schools every year. They keep money in-State.


You're sending money to South Carolina. 


In November

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO I think what Bob and myself get tired of is the "no team from any other conference could be successful in the SEC" so explain Mizzou, Texas AM, A complete beatdown of TN. by the Ducks and a wood shed job by OK against Bama. Can you splain that. Oh yea, FSU NC from ACC. The SEC has it.s weak links just like all conferences.

GTBob
GTBob

@DawginCO Yeah, good luck with that. Unless ESPN drops the price drastically, it is going to take a while to get decent distribution.

Grant1296
Grant1296

I really appreciate your concern Techeye ....

But, it doesn't look like the UGA athletic

department will be going broke anytime

soon...

DawginCO
DawginCO

@GTBob  See below for my answer.  Start fasting now because the plate of crow is going to be epic.