SEC, Longhorn networks coming to Suddenlink

Published on Monday, 4 August 2014 15:30 - Written by CASEY MURPHY AND PHIL HICKS Staff Writers

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Suddenlink and The Walt Disney Company today announced a multi-year distribution agreement to deliver the SEC and Longhorn Networks, along with other sports, news and entertainment content to Suddenlink TV customers.

“A number of our customers have expressed interest in the SEC and Longhorn Networks, and a sizable majority have told us how much they value Disney networks like ESPN and ABC Family,” Kathy Payne, Suddenlink senior vice president and chief programming officer, said in a prepared statement. “We’re very pleased we can provide those customers what they’ve said they want, and we’d like to specially thank the SEC and Longhorn fans who contacted us for their enthusiasm and patience, as we worked with Disney to complete this comprehensive, long-term agreement.”

As part of the new multi-year deal, Suddenlink will introduce several new services, including the upcoming SEC Network at launch on Aug. 14 and Longhorn Network, beginning with the 2014-15 college football season.

Also beginning this fall, Suddenlink plans to introduce Fusion and the full suite of authenticated WATCH services, including WatchESPN. Continuing services covered by the broad scope of this agreement include ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN3, video-on-demand services and retransmission consent for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston and KFSN-TV in Fresno.