Google Fiber to Carry SEC Network For Debut
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 ormobile 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.