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Will You Be Able to See the SEC Network?

By on June 23rd, 2014 in Football 9 Comments »

Yesterday I found myself starring semi-comatose at the Belgium-Russia World Cup Soccer match. This is what happens to college football fans in the summer. You sit in front of the television for six hours watching a sport you don’t understand and then walk away speaking with a British accent.

The good news is that Auburn kicks-off 10 Saturdays from now. I couldn’t believe it when I counted. It was like finding a $20 bill in the pocket of a dirty pair of jeans. Football season is actually getting close.

Speaking of television, it’s never too early to look at the television schedule for Week One in the SEC. The million dollar question is whether your cable or satellite provider will be carrying the SEC Network. More on that in a minute.

Here’s how Week One shakes out for SEC Fans…

Thursday, August 28th

Texas A&M at South Carolina, 5:00 PM CT, SEC Network

Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Atlanta), 7:00 PM CT, ESPN

Temple at Vanderbilt, 8:15 PM ET, 9:15 PM CT, SEC Network

Saturday, August 30th

UT Martin at Kentucky, 11:00 PM CT, SEC Network

South Dakota State at Missouri, 2:30 PM CT, ESPNU

Alabama vs. West Virginia (Atlanta), 2:30 PM CT, ABC

Arkansas at Auburn, 3:00 PM CT, SEC Network

Clemson at Georgia, 4:30 PM CT, ESPN

Idaho at Florida, 6:00 PM CT, ESPNU

Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 6:30 PM CT, SEC Network

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), 8:00 PM CT, ESPN

Sunday, August 31st

Utah State at Tennessee, 6:00 PM CT, SEC Network

With the new conference network showing six games on opening weekend, you are pretty much out of luck if you can’t get the channel. As of now, only Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse have committed to carry it on a national basis. Many smaller cable companies have already joined.

If you are not sure about your area, there’s a website, where you can check availability in your town. The site is pretty aggressive, allowing fans to send emails to their providers requesting the network. It’s even offering up a signed letter from the SEC coach of your choice if you fill out the form.

I’m a DirecTV subscriber. I love the service, but I’ve given them until the second week of August before I switch to Dish Network. These satellite companies are notorious for waiting until the last hour to strike a deal with networks. That will probably be too late for most Southerners.

I hope DirecTV, Comcast and some of these larger cable companies understand the passion of SEC football. They stand to lose substantial money from viewers in the Southern states. Trying to wait the SEC out will not work in this case. Fans will just switch.

I hope they are listening.


  1. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    We used to have Dish. But with the wind in this area, it’s hard to find a stable place on the house to hang a satellite dish that isn’t the beautiful old chimney. As of right now, I’m SOL as far as SEC network goes……I’ll keep my fingers crossed…….Or just line up a babysitter now and find a good sports bar. We’ve got 10 weeks? It’s never too early to be prepared.

  2. SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

    Thanks for the link, I’m starting to get nervous. I hope they get it together before August 30th.

  3. donnajoandmike84 says:

    You are more patient than I am. I’m giving them till he first week of August. Then I’m switching. Truth is, I hate to do it. Directv has good service

  4. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I refuse to watch a network that hired Paul Finebaum. My radio works just fine.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Charter still isn’t on the wagon, and I’d likely have to get a cable box, too, even if they were. I can get U-Verse, and AT&T has been constantly pushing me to do that. I’m on their DSL. Here again, a box for every TV will add up fast, at $7 a month. I’m going to have to make a decision, in July.

    …..On the other hand, watching games on a real TV, and being able to see what I’m typing on the live thread might be nice. I usually just type blind, rather than trying to scroll the comment box up where I can see it between each play!

  6. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    I’m on DirecTV, too. I think it will depend on whether I get a teaching job or not this year. If I don’t I’ll be working on the weekends and won’t be able to see any major network games anyway. If I do, I’ll probably switch to ATT U-verse.

  7. schlapya76 says:

    Just a friendly, fair warning about AT&T U-Verse: I had the service for 3 years in Mobile (Airport/University area) and it was excellent. However, I now live in New Orleans and when the service recently became available in my neighborhood I was thrilled and switched over. 12 service calls later (in 14 days) and less than 48 hours total of it working (usually two hours at a time) I was forced to switch back to local cable company (Cox)… which is not currently on board to carry the SEC Network.

    So if you live somewhere that just made U-Verse available, I would strongly suggest that you make sure to switch well before the season starts to make sure the kinks are worked out. It really is a superior service when it works properly though. Good luck and War Eagle!!!

    • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

      …..I don’t know how it is in the Big Easy, but Cox has been very good over the years at Ft. Walton Beach where we vacation every year. Most channels are clear, and internet speeds are usually a lot better than my piddly 6.5 Mbit DSL.

      …..Charter has improved in recent years. I have my TV with them, basic analog cable. Their internet is fast, according to neighbors, when it is actually on. I’ve given my WPA key out for my wireless to several neighbors, for those pesky outtages. AT&T is pretty much always on.

  8. auphysics says:

    If any of you end up switching to dish, I have posted 3 referral codes below. Supposedly we each get $5 per month off the service, though I have never done it before. Just give them the code when ordering.