After weeks of deliberating, the news first broke with a now-deleted tweet from Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovic: Spectrum will, in fact carry, the ACC Network.
Not long after that, however, the ACC Network took to its Twitter account to back the announcement official. When the network launches on Aug. 22, Spectrum, the largest cable provider in the state of North Carolina, will be one of its many homes.
‼️ THIS JUST IN ‼️ @GetSpectrum is the latest addition to the list of providers bringing ACCN to a screen near you in 8 days ➡️ https://t.co/FAzuH5wKqu
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) August 14, 2019
This has been a hot-button issue for a while now; however, the intensity of the topic ramped up over the last few weeks. Would the giant cable provider carry the league’s soon-to-launch network?
The news comes a week after news broke that the popular streaming platform YouTube TV will offer the ACC Network, too. Several other streaming options — such as PlayStation Vue, Verizon FIOS and Hulu Live TV (which is owned by Disney) — will also carry the network.
Over the course of the last few weeks, the ACC and its athletics programs — and those associated with their online presence — started to make a push for the ACC Network on social media.
Eagles, it's time to call your provider and 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 @ACCNetwork! Visit https://t.co/XyJY6XPnLP for more information! #partner#WeAreBC | #WeDoThis pic.twitter.com/GtwnzMsd7L
— BC Eagles 🦅 (@BCEagles) July 30, 2019
Back in March of this year, satellite television provider DirecTV (owned by AT&T) agreed to add the network as well; however, until now, there were no cable television providers on the list. Currently, Cox Cable and Comcast (Xfinity) don’t have deals in place for the network — at least not yet.
The ACC Network is set to launch in a little over a week (Aug. 22); the first big live sports event will take place shortly thereafter. That comes on Aug. 29 when Clemson, the defending national champions, plays host to Georgia Tech in football.
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