Comcast announces deal with ESPN to carry SEC Network

July 18, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Comcast Cable has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

The network, which launches on Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers such as DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

The addition of the nation's largest cable provider announced Friday means the SEC Network will be available in a total of 46 million households nationally, with other negotiations continuing.

The two major providers not yet on board are Time Warner Cable, which serves Central Kentucky, and DirecTV.

In Kentucky, Comcast is available mostly in the western parts of the state.

Comcast is expected to complete a takeover of Time Warner Cable later this year, a sale that could ultimately affect what customers in Lexington will see.

The SEC Network will carry at least 45 football games this season.

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