Charter-Spectrum to carry ACC Network at launch

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Charter-Spectrum and Disney announced a deal on Wednesday that will allow the ACC Network to be carried at launch by Charter and Spectrum providers.

The agreement comes just over a week before the ACC Network launches on Aug. 22.

Charter-Spectrum serves 15 million households in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and across the country. In Florida, the deal provides relief for FSU fans who live along the Interstate-4 corridor.

It is the latest carrier to add the ACC Network ahead of launch, joining DirecTV, Hulu Live, PlayStationVue and YouTube TV (CenturyLink and Frontier have yet to “opt in” to carry the channel). And the Charter-Spectrum deal could be used as leverage to push cable providers like Comcast and Cox as well as Dish Network to make an agreement.

“We are having productive conversations with distributors outside of the ones that have already been announced,” ESPN senior VP for college networks Rosalyn Durant said. “Those conversations continue and will continue through launch and beyond launch. So we are both pleased with where we are. We do believe that the fans continuing to demand it and fans’ readiness to switch if their home provider doesn’t provide it gives notice.”

The ACC Network will debut on Aug. 22 and the first live game broadcast will feature the Florida State women’s soccer team playing host to Wisconsin on Aug. 25. Two FSU football games, vs. ULM on Sept. 7 and at Virginia on Sept. 14, will air exclusively on the ACC Network.

Also, the “Bowden Dynasty” documentary will air on the ACC Network beginning in mid-September.

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  1. LikelyYou.com Reply

    Disney and Charter have struck a new carriage deal a week before the launch of ESPN s ACC Network, an important effort to expand its college sports portfolio at a sensitive time for the pay-TV ecosystem.

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