Comcast makes carriage deal with Disney for ACC Network

Comcast and Walt Disney Co. announced plans to distribute the ACC Network to its customers “in the coming weeks,” ending years of frustration for Florida State fans who have not been able to watch football, basketball and Olympic sports.

The ACC Network launched in Aug. 2019 on a number of major cable and satellite carriers but was not available in Comcast, which is the largest provider in Florida. Thousands of fans opted to listen to FSU games on radio or move to a provider who did carry the ACC Network.

“The ACC Network’s availability to Comcast customers is extremely important for the conference and Florida State,” athletics director David Coburn said.  “We have been pushing hard for this for some time as so many of our fans in Florida had to go outside their Comcast service to watch ACC games and programming. We are very pleased that this deal is done.”

ACC schools are expected to see a significant revenue bump as part of the network being broadcast in Comcast households, although exact projections are not yet known. The ACC Network is now available in 90 million homes after the addition of Comcast’s distribution.

“We are thrilled that ACC Network has reached full distribution with the addition of Comcast to our already robust lineup of providers,” ACC Commissioner Dr. Jim Phillips said. “ACC Network, led by Jimmy Pitaro and Burke Magnus, continues to be an outstanding partner that does a tremendous job of showcasing our student-athletes, coaches and programs. This is a milestone moment in the short history of ACCN, and we appreciate the continued leadership at Disney, ESPN and ACCN for working diligently to make this a reality.”

While it is not yet clear when the ACC Network will come on line to Comcast customers, games in December will feature FSU’s teams prominently. FSU will host Syracuse in men’s basketball on Saturday, while a number of FSU women’s basketball games will stream live on ACC Network Extra.

The ACC Network televises more than 500 regular-season and tournament games each year in football, baseball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, wrestling, men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse and soccer.