The ACC Network has launched, and unsurprisingly, Clemson football played a large role in kicking off the new TV channel.
The national champion Tigers opened their season on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Georgia Tech on the ACC Network, and several pregame shows were broadcast from Clemson’s campus that day.
Like the SEC Network, the ACC Network is owned by ESPN, and it featureed 14 football games over its first three weeks and approximately “450 live televised events, including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games” over the course of a year.
According to projections reported by the Raleigh News and Observer in 2018, the ACC Network is expected over time to drive an extra $10 million per year to each school in the conference. More recent estimates, however, have put the bump at just $1 million from the first year, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Complicating things is the fact that the network launched without deals to be carried by several major cable companies, limiting the audience that can watch.
Here’s a breakdown of the facts you need to know about when and how you can watch the ACC Network.
When does the ACC Network launch?
Thursday, August 22
Which cable companies have deals to carry the ACC Network?
Charter (which uses the brand name Spectrum), DirecTV, Verizon Fios, Cox, Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse, Google Fiber, TVision, Optimum and Suddenlink all carry the ACC Network.
Do any streaming platforms offer the ACC Network?
YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV have all reached agreements to carry the ACC Network.
Which cable companies do NOT currently have deals to carry the ACC Network?
Comcast is the last major cable provider without a deal to carry the ACC Network. Streaming service Fubo does not either.
Does Spectrum have the ACC Network?
Charter, the company behind the Spectrum brand name, and Disney, which is launching the ACC Network, have announced a multiyear deal to carry all of Disney’s networks, not just the ACCN.
According to CNBC, the deadline for the two companies to reach an agreement was initially Friday, Aug. 2, but they kept negotiation and left Disney’s channels available to Spectrum customers, unlike a recent situation that unfolded between CBS and AT&T, resulting in a three-week blackout of CBS’s channels for AT&T customers before a new deal was reached.
The two sides reached an accord that will allow customers to watch the ACC Network, as well as Disney’s other channels — ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and BabyTV.
CNBC reports that “about 40 percent of Charter’s footprint overlaps with ACC schools.”
Do I need a special package with Spectrum to watch the ACC Network?
All of Spectrum’s packages — Select, Silver and Gold — offer the ACC Network. Some customers, however, encountered difficulties if they previously used Time Warner Cable. Charter bought Time Warner Cable in 2016 and allowed TWC customers to keep their previous plans. In order to get the ACC Network, former Time Warner Cable customers must call Spectrum and switch a Spectrum plan.