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SEC Network debuts today: Are you watching?

  • 7:29 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Today’s the day when ESPN unveils the shiny new SEC Network.

It’s scheduled to debut at 6 p.m. today with the initial broadcast of “SEC Now,” a news show, which will include a live look from all 14 SEC campuses.

Are you going to watch?

ESPN has locked up most of the cable and satellite TV providers — Charter, Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Cox Communications, Dish Network, Time Warner, Bright House Networks and Google Fiber — and is scheduled to reach about 90 million homes.

Here are the channel listings for the SEC Network.

• AT&T U-Verse: Channel 607.
• DISH Network: Channel 404 with [More]

Beam football up: Astronaut to watch SEC Network on space station

  • 11:32 am Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

Talk about going long.

NASA will show off its vertical passing game by beaming the SEC Network to the International Space Station, thanks to astronaut Barry Wilmore, a former Tennessee Tech linebacker from the Nashville area who doesn’t want to miss the action while in orbit.

Wilmore will reach the station on Sept. 25, in the midst of football season. The SEC Network will be waiting, and he also wants to catch Tennessee Tech games on the Internet.

Hey, I’m sure he’s not taking a Blu Ray of “Gravity” with him.

“I don’t watch a lot of sports — my wife might not agree [More]

Will SEC Network cut into football game attendance?

  • 2:20 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There are nine days until the launch of the SEC Network (5 p.m. Aug. 14), which made an expected late rally to join DirecTV’s lineup (and its 20 million subscribers) and push its reach to 85 million households.

The SEC certainly will benefit from the network, mainly in the form of money. A lot of money.

But who else will profit from ESPN’s newest venture that will televise more than 1,000 live SEC sporting events, including 45 football games this fall?

An article at MrSEC.com runs down what it perceives will be the winners and losers from the SEC Network.

The winners [More]

Report: SEC Network nears deal with Comcast

  • 4:28 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 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 [More]

Tim Brando: No SEC teams will make four-team playoff

  • 11:41 am Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Andy Johnston

There’s no SEC bias in Tim Brando.

The SEC Network hired the longtime broadcaster earlier this month, but when gave his prediction for the four teams that would make up this year’s first college football playoff, no SEC team could be found.

He said UCLA will play Michigan State in one national semifinal and Florida State will play Oklahoma in the other.

Brando made the predictions during his daily radio show — “The Tim Brando Show” — which he hosts from 9 a.m.-noon on the SiriusXM College station.

Here’s his preseason Top 10.

He left CBS in January, after 18 years [More]