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Posted: 3:33 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time Warner Cable picks up SEC Network 

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By Gary Dinges

Time Warner Cable subscribers in Central Texas and elsewhere will have access to the SEC Network from day one.

ESPN, which is operating the network, said Thursday that it will be available in an estimated 60 million homes with the addition of Time Warner Cable and another provider, Bright House Networks.

AT&T and Dish Network had previously committed to air the network.

Channel numbers haven't been announced yet.

Meanwhile, two other companies with a significant local customer base, DirecTV and San Marcos-based Grande Communications, don't have deals in place to carry the network.

The SEC Network is set to debut Aug. 14, featuring a host of exclusive content, including the Texas A&M-South Carolina football game on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.

"We know we have customers who want the SEC-ESPN Network, and are pleased to bring it to them," Andrew Rosenberg, Time Warner Cable’s senior vice president of content acquisition, said in a written statement. “This deal will help ensure that fans and alumni of SEC universities won't miss any important games."

(Of course, there was plenty of interest in the Longhorn Network, as well … and Time Warner Cable customers had to wait about two years before they were able to tune in. Just sayin' ...)

In its first year in operation, the SEC Network expects to air 1,000 live events, including matchups from all 21 conference sports. Highlights include 45 football games, 100-plus men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and 50 softball games.

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