South Carolina fans with cable can fret no more.
Instate television viewers will be able to watch the South Carolina-Texas A&M season opener on Time Warner Cable. ESPN, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reached an agreement to carry the fledgling SEC Network when the channel launches Aug. 14. The network will be available to fans of the SEC in all Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks markets ahead of the Gamecocks vs. Aggies game on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.
“I’m delighted that Time Warner has made a decision to provide the SEC Network as part of their lineup,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said. “All of our great Gamecocks that will not be in Williams-Brice on Aug. 28 will now have an opportunity to watch a fantastic football game on Time Warner Cable.” With the addition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million households nationwide. The SEC Network 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 air games, news, analysis, classic games and features on the most storied conference in college athletics.
“It is great to have Time Warner Cable as a distribution partner for the SEC Network,” SEc commissioner Mike Slive said. “Time Warner Cable customers, particularly those in South Carolina and Texas, will have the opportunity to enjoy our football season opener exclusively on the SEC Network when Texas A&M visits South Carolina.” Charles Bloom, USC’s senior associate AD, said, “The SEC Network reaching an agreement with Time Warner Cable is great news for Gamecock fans in the Midlands, the state of South Carolina and around the nation.
“The ability of the SEC Network to reach agreements with cable systems to date says a lot about the strength of the SEC brand,” Bloom said. “We are grateful to the many Gamecock fans who let their cable companies know that they wanted the SEC Network.”
Time Warner Cable TV customers can find the SEC Network on their channel lineup upon its launch by visiting twc.com; Bright House Networks customers can go to brighthouse.com.
DirecTV remains the last major company that has not reached a deal with the SEC Network.