Some customers looking for last-minute upgrades may have missed out on USC’s season opener

08/28/2014 6:38 PM

08/28/2014 6:40 PM

Some customers may have missed out on Thursday night’s Southeastern Conference opener between the University of South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Many of those waiting until gameday to upgrade cable TV services to get the new SEC Network found it was too late. Others got lucky.

For DirectTV customers, the SEC Network is available to its Choice tier subscribers and above, at 611, according their call center. Upgrading cable packages to get the SEC Network on gameday was case-by-case, the call center said.

The network is available to AT&T U-verse TV subscribers on their televisions, computer or wireless devices, according to Lance Skelly, AT&T corporate spokesman.

The SEC Network will be available on U-verse TV channel 1607 (HD) and channel 607 (SD) and on WatchESPN. Customers will also be able to watch live and on-demand SEC Network content at, and on tablets and smartphones via the U-verse App later this month, Skelly said.

States with a Southeastern Conference school will find the network in the U200 and above packages. The network will be in the U300 package and above in all other U-verse markets, Skelly said.

The SEC Network is available to Time Warner Cable customers in most places who have the standard TV tier, according to the cable company’s website. A Time Warner Cable set-top box is required for areas outside SEC territory, and either a box or a digital adapter is required for customers in SEC territory.

Eleven states have SEC schools located within their borders, including USC, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

Efforts to reach Time Warner and Dish Network spokespeople Thursday were unsuccessful.

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