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More College Sports Are Coming to a Live TV Streaming Service Near You

It looks like a new channel is coming to many popular live TV streaming services including Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue.

This week ESPN announced a deal to bring its new ACC Network to a live TV streaming service starting in 2019. The ACC Network is currently a regional over-the-air TV network during games and a digital network only available during limited times to local channels and online streaming through services such as WatchESPN. In 2019 ESPN plans to launch the ACC Network as a 24/7 network similar to the Big Ten and the SEC Networks.

This is similar to how the SEC Network started out. ESPN began it as a way to air SEC games in local markets on over-the-air TV. Later it launched as a true 24/7 cable network.

We don’t know what services have signed up, but we do know that Sling TV already includes the ACC Network during games inside its Sling TV app. This is part of a deal Sling TV has with ESPN to include all ESPN3 content as part of the Sling TV app. So it is likely that Sling TV will be one of the live TV services to include the ACC Network.

Overall it is likely they will all agree to the new ACC Network. ESPN is still one of the most popular channels on cable TV and streaming services. This would likely mean DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and others will include the ACC Network starting in 2019.

Source: SBNation 

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10 Responses to More College Sports Are Coming to a Live TV Streaming Service Near You

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    elsina June 29, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Why is ESPN launching another network, I’ve thought they where having a lot of money issues, unless the ACC is going to pay for most of the costs I just don’t see a huge market outside of their conference.

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      Josh June 29, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      They are launching the network because the SEC Network has been a massive success and is making ESPN and the SEC piles of money. Part of that success is due to the fact that the SEC network is watched throughout the south east regardless of conference affiliation. Most of the ACC schools are located in the south east where football is almost a religion. Because of this, both SEC and ACC fans (and others in the south) will watch the ACC Network because it will broadcast many southern ACC schools which are rivals to the SEC schools such as Clemson (South Carolina, SEC), Florida St. (Florida, SEC), Louisville (Kentucky, SEC), Miami (Florida), and Georgia Tech (Georgia, SEC). I don’t expect that the ACC Network will be quite as lucrative as the SEC Network but I do think it will make ESPN and the ACC plenty of money. Mostly due to college football.

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    Jared Cheeseman June 29, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    ACC network is already on sling

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    Jared Cheeseman June 29, 2017 at 10:11 am #


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    mnsportsgeek June 29, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Wonder if the PAC 12 network will ever get it together and become more widely available.

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    Luke Savage June 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    PAC12 is the only reason I haven’t cut the cord. Its only available on Dish or Comcast in my area. West coast. Home of Modern Technology; well, used to be.

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      Robert Anthony Hartzell June 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

      Sling TV has PAC12 in their Sports Extras package. You could cut the cord if you want to.

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        Luke Savage June 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

        Select regional coverage. I can get Washington Huskies but not Oregon Ducks in this area on Sling unless pac12 website hasn’t been updated to reflect current subscribers.

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      Benoit Bourdua June 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      Pac12 is available to international viewers. If you have a vpn you probably can manage something.

      There are 2 providers, one of them being YouTube.

      You could reverse what some are doing to get Youtube TV from elsewhere in the world. (ie use vpn to create new Google account, use it to subscribe (and stream) Pac12 feeds.
      Some experimentation could be necessary. Since I’m in Canada it’s just there for me without having to mess around.