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SEC Network set for launch

The SEC Network, a new pay-television sports channel dedicated to college sport’s Southeastern Conference, will launch later today (Thursday).

Operated by sports broadcaster ESPN, SEC Network will debut at 6pm ET with its flagship news and information show SEC Now. The three-hour special programme will report live from all 14 SEC campuses.

The SEC and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate the multiplatform network, which will broadcast 24/7 and include more than 1,000 events in its first year.

The network will televise 45 SEC American 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.

AT&T U-verse TV, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Google Fiber, LUS Fiber, PTC Communications,  Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Wilkes Telephone, and members of the National Cable Television Cooperative, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and National Telco Television Consortium will carry the television network nationwide at launch.