The ACC Network is set to launch next week, ahead of college football season. Naturally, the league is leveraging defending national champion Clemson to really get itself off the ground.
The Tigers will host the new-look Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Aug. 29 season opener, the first football game to be broadcast on ACCN.
Like the SEC Network before it, the ESPN-affiliated ACC Network is still working to gain coverage everywhere. It just took a big step forward on Wednesday, landing a deal with Spectrum.
Charter, which owns Spectrum, and Walt Disney announced a deal for the cable provider to carry the ACC Network yesterday.
From the ACC release:
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today announced a comprehensive distribution agreement to continue to deliver Disney’s robust lineup of premier sports, news and entertainment content to Spectrum customers. It expands upon the previous deal and supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms.
That is especially good news for many local Clemson fans, as Spectrum is one of the big carriers in Upstate South Carolina.
According to The Greenville News, this leaves Dish Network as the only major provider in the area that hasn’t signed on with the ACC Network to this point.
There are still some major gaps in coverage elsewhere in ACC territory, though. Comcast, CenturyLink, and Frontier are among the major providers yet to ink agreements for the network. Streaming platforms like Hulu Live and YouTube TV will carry ACCN, and provide a workaround for those unwilling to switch providers, but obvious the ACC and ESPN aim for more big cable providers to sign on in the coming days.
The ACC Network will launch on August 22 at 7 p.m.