Q. I am very excited about watching the new ACC Network. But I was wondering when it will launch and whether my TV provider, DIRECTV, will carry it? Also, will Sling TV carry it? So, will they? — Marlena, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Marlena, as you probably know, the ACC Network will feature live games involving ACC teams in all sports as well as studio shows and documentaries focused on ACC players, teams and issues. The first live college football game will be Georgia Tech vs. Clemson on August 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
The channel, which is owned by ESPN, is scheduled to launch in just 10 days (August 22). But when it launches, will you be able to watch it?
According to the ACC Network web site, the following providers have signed up to carry the channel: DIRECTV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live, Verizon FiOS, Optimum, Suddenlink, Google Fiber, and TVision.
As you see, there are several notable holdouts, including Comcast and Charter Spectrum, the nation’s top two cable operators. Dish, the nation’s second leading satcaster, has also not signed up, nor has its live streaming service, Sling TV.
Update: Charter and Disney, the owner of ESPN, announced on August 14 that Charter would carry the ACC Network starting on August 22.
However, the ACC Network says negotiations for more carriage deals are ongoing, and it’s not uncommon for a new channel to announce new agreements shortly before launch.
We’ll monitor the progress of the talks here and report back if there’s any new developments. Until then, happy viewing!
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