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C Spire to carry SEC Network on its new digital HD television service
|By Business Wire
|August 4, 2014 12:05 PM EDT
Southeastern Conference college football fans received some welcome news
today as C Spire announced that it will include the SEC Network as part
of its new digital HD TV service.
The addition of the SEC Network is part of comprehensive, multi-year
distribution agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative
(NCTC) and the Walt Disney Company. C Spire is a member of the NCTC.
With the launch of one of the most anticipated sports networks just days
away, C Spire will offer the SEC Network as part of an over-arching deal
with the NCTC that includes a robust lineup of Disney’s top quality
sports, news and entertainment content to be delivered across TVs,
computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.
C Spire secured rights to the programming from ESPN through the NCTC
agreement in time for the launch of the new network on Aug. 14. The
first SEC football games to be televised on the network will air on
Thursday, Aug. 28 with Temple at Vanderbilt and Texas A & M traveling to
Columbia to take on South Carolina. Every SEC football team will play on
the network in the first month.
“We’re pleased to give SEC fans who subscribe to our C Spire digital
television service access to this must-have college sports programming
and content along with top-tier family channels,” said Suzy Hays, senior
vice president of Consumer Markets for C Spire. “The addition of the SEC
Network and digital platform rights enhances the overall value of our
television service to consumers.”
The agreement paves the way for consumer access in all C Spire Fiber to
the Home cities in Mississippi who have qualified for the company’s
next-generation 1 Gigabit per second ultra-fast broadband Internet
access, related digital HD television and home phone services.
“C Spire TV customers will benefit greatly from this latest renewal
deal,” said David Preschlack, executive vice president of Affiliate
Sales and Marketing for Disney and ESPN Networks Group. “They’ll
continue to receive the great content we deliver and have the ability to
access that content on multiple digital platforms.”
As part of the new, multi-year NCTC deal, C Spire will introduce several
new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH and
video-on-demand products, Fusion, the SEC Network, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN
Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded, along with existing services like
ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2,
ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic and ESPN3.
C Spire will offer its consumers broad access to existing authenticated
products like WATCH ABC authenticated on-demand content, WATCH ABC
Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, WATCH Disney XD and
WatchESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN
Buzzer Beater and ESPN Bases Loaded through the networks’ own WATCH
sites and apps.
“These products will give our customers more opportunities to access
live and video-on-demand content, both at home and remotely on their
computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices,”
Hays said. The company will begin offering the digital TV service late
this summer in Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville.
“C Spire has multiple SEC schools in our footprint and we are home to
some of the most passionate college sports fans in the world,” Hays
added, noting that a recent online poll of 6,400 SEC football fans by
Bleacher Report indicated that nearly 80 percent were willing to switch
providers to ensure they have access to the SEC Network. “As a company
that gets its inspiration from our customers, we couldn’t envision
offering a TV service that didn’t give them a chance to continue
experiencing the rich history and tradition of some of the most storied
rivalries in sports.”
The SEC Network is expected to air more than 1,000 live events in its
first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, more
than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75
baseball games and other events from across the Southeastern
Conference’s 21 college sports.
For more information on C Spire’s digital TV service, visit www.cspire.com/fiberhome.
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates,
is a leading diversified international entertainment and media
enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and
resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive. Disney
is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services
company that provides world-class service and a superior, comprehensive
suite of customer-inspired wireless communications, high-speed Internet
access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to
consumers and businesses. This news release and other announcements are
available at www.cspire.com/news.
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