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What the SEC Network means for UK basketball fans

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When it launches on Aug. 21 of this year, the SEC Network is going to forever change how fans of the Southeastern Conference follow their teams, in addition to helping secure and strengthen the future of the nation's best conference.

The 24/7 network will provide unprecedented coverage of all league sports, from studio programming to at least 450 live events every year. That will include more than 100 men's basketball games, many of which will feature Kentucky.

Although a schedule for next season won't be released until later, a look at this year's UK men's basketball slate gives an idea of how the SEC Network will affect fans' ability to watch games it the future.

In past years, UK games not picked up by national television have been aired on outlets like the UK IMG Network, Comcast Sports South, Fox Sports South and SEC TV. The new SEC Network is expected to replace all of these options, as you can see in the 2013-14 schedule below.

As many as 10 regular-season games, Big Blue Madness and both exhibitions this season would have been broadcast on the SEC Network had it launched in August 2013 rather than August 2014.

High-definition broadcasts with announcers intimately familiar with the SEC will enhance the watching experience for all of these games, provided fans have access to the SEC Network through their cable/satellite provider.

As of today, AT&T U-verse is the only national provider that has signed a deal to make the SEC Network available to its subscribers. If the SEC Network launched today, fans using major providers like DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner and Comcast would not be able to access it.

If you love Kentucky basketball and you want to make sure you'll be able to watch every game, visit GetSECNetwork.com to tell your provider you want the SEC Network.

Note: The information below is based on how the SEC Network is expected to affect the way games will be broadcast after launch and is NOT official.
2013-14 UK MBB Schedule_SEC Network (2).jpg

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why not just provide your services through the Internet or products like Roku, or to smartphones that can use devices like Google Chrome cast...... thru an app that people will pay for...... its where the future of programming is going anyway

But will those IP based options be available to those individuals whose carrier didn't pick up the SEC Network?

For example, my Apple TV carries a Disney Channel app but is not available to Time Warner customers.

To put it more simply, if Time Warner in Lexington fails to agree to the SEC's terms for carrying the SEC Network, will we be able to subscribe to the IP based solutions that you mentioned?

That's great unless their app is like the ESPN3 app on my apple tv. Where I have to have a cable company that signs a deal with the SECnetwork to steam things. I watch most of my games on the Watch ESPN app on my apple tv or national televised games which works since I have Verizon Fios who has a deal with ESPN. But up here in New England I doubt many cable companies are going to put SECNetwork on their channel lineup and if they do it will be premium. I am not going to pay a premium for secondary games I used to watch because they used to be streamable on ESPN.

I already pay a ridiculous amount for tv service now with Dish, I will not be happy if there is going to be an extra charge for the SEC network on Dish or any other provider. Providers need to decide soon if they are going to carry it and if there is going to be a cost so we as consumers can decide who we want to use as our provider

Heres what get's me. I have paid for the BBN for the last couple years through Direct TV,so now will I no longer get the UK games through the BBN if Direct TV ends up adding the SEC network ? And if not,I guesse the SEC Network will cost extra am I right ? So for someone who cant afford both,we have to drop the BBN then,which I guess I lose all those sports packages associated with that ? Really confused on what prices and channels will be covered and what if Direct TV doesnt end up having the SEC Network,can we still watch the games we use to,like BBM and early season games on the Big Blue Network (BBN). Sorry so many questions,but thats what we fans are dealing with,not enough info to let us know what it all entails yet ,and even if the BBN will be dropped then as well ?

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