Spectrum-Time Warner Cable reached
agreement with ACC Network on Wednesday
The ACC Network will launch its first day of Atlantic Coast Conference sports broadcasting on Thursday, August 22.
Owned and operated by ESPN, the channel will air 40 regular-season college football games, including 14 in the first three weeks of the 2019 season.
In the first game to be broadcast on the ACC Network, the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers will play host to Georgia Tech to open the season at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 29.
Fortunately for many T&D Region sports fans, Spectrum-Time Warner Cable - the main cable TV provider in The T&D Region - reached an agreement on Wednesday to carry the ACC Network, Spectrum's parent company Charter Communications announced.
Spectrum's agreement with ACCN is part of a comprehensive distribution agreement between Charter and Disney, the parent company for ESPN, with whom the ACC has partnered to produce the network.
Disney has agreements in place with providers DirecTV, Verizon Fios, TVision and Google Fiber to offer the ACC Network.
As for streaming services, YouTube TV, Hulu and PlayStation Vue are all set to offer the ACC Network. Games will also be available on the ESPN app, for authenticated cable subscribers.
But, as of Wednesday, there is no agreement in place for Dish Network subscribers - among many others - to be able to view the ACC Network.
With less than a week till the channel launch, AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Cox, Dish Network and Mediacom still have not reached agreements to carry the ACC Network. That group represents about 28 million households nationwide.
Dish has not responded to multiple media requests throughout the southeast for information on its status with ACCN in recent weeks.
During a conference call about the ACC Network last Thursday, Rosalyn Durant, senior vice president of college networks at ESPN commented on the distribution of the network.
“We are very pleased with the distribution agreements that we have in place currently," Durant said. "And as you’d imagine, we continue to have lots of conversations, and productive conversations, with other distributors for ACC network coverage, in the ACC footprint and beyond the footprint."
For its college football debut, ESPN’s GameDay — in its 26th season — will be live from Clemson.
Dave O’Brien and Tim Hasselbeck will call the inaugural football game on the ACC Network, as Georgia Tech takes on Clemson. They’ll be assisted by Katie George and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.
All 14 member schools in the ACC are expected to have at least one football game aired on the network this fall.
The ACC Network is scheduled to air other athletic events sponsored by the conference, including baseball, basketball, softball, track and field and conference championship contests.
ACCN will launch with a special presentation of its studio show "The Huddle," which will feature former Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain, former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt and former Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel as analysts.
In addition to the opening game, a four-part documentary series on Clemson football will air on the network through the opening weekend of the season.
What games will air on the ACC Network?
The ACC Network football coverage schedule for 2019 includes the following games (All times Eastern):
Thursday, Aug. 29 - 8 p.m., Georgia Tech at Clemson
Friday, Aug. 30 - 8 p.m., Utah State at Wake Forest
Saturday, Aug. 31 - Noon, East Carolina at NC State; 4 p.m., Virginia Tech at Boston College; 7:30 p.m. Virginia at Pitt
Friday, Sept. 6 - 8 p.m., William & Mary at Virginia
Saturday, Sept. 7 - 11 a.m., Ohio at Pitt; 2 p.m., South Florida at Georgia Tech; 5 p.m., ULM at Florida State; 8 p.m., Miami at North Carolina
Friday, Sept. 13 - 7:30 p.m., Kansas at Boston College
Saturday, Sept. 14 - Noon, Furman at Virginia Tech; 4 p.m., Bethune-Cookman at Miami; 7:30 p.m., Florida State at Virginia
Saturday, Nov. 9 - Notre Dame at Duke (TBD)