Comcast to add SEC Network

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Comcast jumped on board with the SEC Network on Friday, reaching agreement on a long-term deal to include the new channel when it launches on Aug. 14.

Comcast, the largest cable carrier in the country, will make the SEC Network available on its basic tier in SEC states and on its digital basic elsewhere.

The only major distributors yet to pick up the network are Time Warner and DirecTV. Both expect to reach a deal to provide the network to subscribers before the first football game airs on Aug. 28.

According to Sports Business Daily, Comcast's rate card will be $1.40 per subscriber per month in the 11-state SEC area and $0.25 per month in other parts of the country.

With the Comcast agreement locked up, the SEC Network is now available to 46 million homes. Others carriers who previously signed on were AT&T, Dish Network and Cox.

ESPN has stated its goal is to reach 75 million cable and satellite subscribers when the SEC Network goes on the air next month.

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