Disney has reached a deal with a co-op of cable companies accounting for more than 1.7 million households in the ACC footprint, allowing the ACC Network to be carried at launch next month.
This is in addition to other national agreements with carriers like DirecTV, Hulu Live and PlayStationVue.
A source has told the Osceola that the agreement is in place with more than 750 small- and medium-sized distributors that collectively are part of the National Cable Television Cooperative. These distributors would have to opt in to carry the ACC Network and many, if not all, will choose to do so.
Among the Florida providers are CenturyLink and Frontier. CenturyLink offers service to residents in Orlando, Tallahassee, Fort Myers, Naples, Daytona Beach, Ocala and other cities. Frontier offers service in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Fort Myers and other cities along the Interstate-4 corridor.
Others that offer cable services across multiple states include the likes of Atlantic Broadband, Windstream and Hotwire. Some others who provide cable service in the state include: Marco Island/Summit, TPC Broadband, DECCA, Hometown Cable TV, Valparaiso Communications, Lifestream, Cablevision of Marion County, Communications Construction, Hcontrol Holdings, Advanced Satellite, Fibercast, American Cable TV and Mid Atlantic Broadband.
This agreement strengthens the overall distribution for the ACC Network, which debuts on Aug. 22 with documentaries and studio shows. The channel is now available on DirecTV as well as streaming services like Hulu Live and PlayStationVue. Some larger cable companies, including Comcast and Charter, have not yet reached deals to carry the ACC Network.
But the deal between the NCTC co-operative and Disney provides relief for FSU fans as well as other ACC fans across the east coast. It also gives another option to fans who may be interested in changing cable providers. For the latest distributors on board, fans should go to getaccn.com.
The ACC Network’s first live game, an FSU soccer match on Aug. 25, begins a robust slate of Olympics sports and football games. Defending national champion Clemson plays its opener on Aug. 28 against Georgia Tech in a game that will air on the channel. And FSU will also play its home opener against ULM on Sept. 7 and first ACC game at Virginia on Sept. 14 on the ACC Network.