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That is the Big Ten network. They are way ahead of the curve on this deal. The "SEC Network",which is regional, seems crippled by the local channels in each area. If your local "SEC Network" provider is not any good like the one here in the tricities then your basically out of luck. Our local provider only provides the network coverage in standard definition for any broadcast that is not football. Also the standard definition programming that you receive is beyond awful in most cases. This probably doesn't only occur here. The regional section for the "SEC Network" is every state that has an SEC school. I am betting that we have plenty of areas that are just like mine which puts you at the mercy of the local providers. This needs to end. The SEC is a large brand, and is most certainly large enough to make its own national 24/7 television network. If Texas can get a partnership with espn to create the longhorn network then I would have to believe that the SEC could do something similar. A true cable/satellite network.
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I feel ya Alex. I live in north GA and haven't even been able to watch the early round games and won't be able to watch any SEC tourney games until the semi's that are on ABC (although I'm heading to Nashville tomorrow just in case!!!). On top of that, as of March 1, my internet provider dropped their affiliation with ESPN so I can't even watch games on ESPN3 anymore.
But ESPN is simultaneously covering the ACC, Big East and Big 12 conference tournaments from start to finish. Complete BS.
Does anyone know when the nationwide SEC network will start up? I thought they had finally worked out a deal that will give us a Big Ten network-like programming.
It is awful. This league can and should do better. I had heard those same rumblings, but lately nothing. That is a huge problem in your area of having no way to watch the area conference basketball tournament.
Shoot the longhorn network is going to be miles ahead of the SEC network.
First to championships, last to upgrade.
Part of the new TV deal is a network similar to the Big Ten Network. Should be announced in the next couple months.
It is more than needed
I thought this was the case. I also thought I had heard that it will be up and running by the 2014 football season. Have you heard anything about the time line yet?
Do not know the timeline just that the new money in the TV deal is coming from a Big Ten style network and that it is about to be announced.
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dykes22, glad you raised this issue. I'm in Memphis and the local SEC affiliate is WLMT (Channel 809 HD for Xfinity/Comcast users) and it SUCKs! Can't tell ya how many times TN hoops is scheduled on SEC network only to find that the Memphis affiliate is airing some lame sitcom series or other B.S. programming. Then I have to watch on an alternate analog channel (which isn't always an option!) where the picture stinks or I have watch on the computer which I hate.
So the Q is...whose cage do we rattle on this? The local affiliates, SEC Network corporate office?? Not that it's gonna makes a difference in west TN...it's like I'm in a different world over in this part of the state as a TN fan. Surrounded by all these Ole Miss, AL, AR & GA defectors!
I guess you don't realize that the SEC Network is most likely going to be a partner of ESPNs. For example, the BTN is 49% owned by FOX Sports. There's a broadcast media side that helps the conference launch and run its operations.
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Isn't ESPN the SEC Network? They play all the games, have "SEC Storied" and other shows. I'm just saying, they can have the Big 10 Network, the SEC has ESPN.
Currently The SEC "Network" is the conferences third tier media rights and is done through syndication and simply replaced JP. This is changing with the new TV deal. The SEC is launching a 24 hour SEC dedicated cable channel just like the Big 10 and PAC 12. This is where the new revenue is coming from in the new TV deal and the sole reason why the SEC expanded.
Yes i do realize that. I am actually well versed in this area. This is the side of sports that interests me the most outside of Tennessee athletics. Sports business.
This is why i used question marks around SEC Network right now because it is ran by espn currently and distributed regionally. The change we need is for the "SEC Network“ to be a full time 247 cable/satellite network like the big ten network. The big ten made a bold play a few years ago which has paid off, and is a deal that is very lucrative. It has been pointed out by other posters that this sort of channel is on the way. I say the sooner the better. Our dependency on regional local stations to carry these games is an outrage at this point.
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