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DISH Network to carry both the SEC Network and Longhorn Network

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With the launch of the much-anticipated channel just a few months away, the SEC Network, which has been seeking homes, has landed sort of a big one in the form of DISH Network, which the conference announced on Tuesday.

ESPN and DISH have reached an agreement for nationwide carriage of the SEC Network on DISH when the multiplatform network launches, August 14, 2014. The deal is part of a larger comprehensive long-term distribution agreement announced by DISH and the Walt Disney Company. DISH is the SEC Network’s first nationwide television provider.

This is huge news as talks between ESPN and major, nationwide providers have not exactly been going as planned, especially with the most popular one of all, DirecTV.

To further add to the good news for DISH, a packaged deal with the Walt Disney company will also add the Longhorn Network to their lineup, giving them a very good advantage over DirecTV in the sports market with the fans.

As of right now, DirecTV and the SEC Network, in particular, have not gotten any further in their talks as the August launch date approaches.


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