The arrival of the Southeastern Conference's much-awaited network next year will bring plenty of change to how you watch the league. Here's what you need to know:
When does the network go on air?
How long is the deal between the SEC and ESPN?
What will the network carry?
About 1,000 live events, roughly split between the network and online platforms (similar to WatchESPN and ESPN3). There will be 45 football games per season, 100 men's basketball games, 75 baseball games and 60 women's basketball games in addition to spring games, recruiting coverage, features, etc.
Will it be on 24/7?
What will it cost me?
Details weren't released Thursday, but media analysts estimate the price will be similar to the Big Ten Network, which costs subscribers about $1.10 per cable bill.
What will it be worth to SEC schools?
Again no details, but again media analysts say each school could realize an additional $14 million per year in revenue. Last year, SEC member schools each received $20.1 million.e_SClBWill my outlet carry it?
Aside from that AT&T U-Verse will handle distribution, nothing is set. The SEC specifically said ESPN is working with such carriers as Cox, Comcast, TimeWarner, DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon. It is expected the network will have widespread penetration across the 11-state SEC footprint, with the goal of nationwide distribution.
What does this mean for in-house pay-per-view games like TigerVision?
Those will be a thing of the past.
Will the network show bowl games or SEC championship events?
No bowl games or SEC football championship games, but all other SEC championship events are in play.
Will it show high school games?
What will it look like?
Expect an ESPNU-type look, similar to the Longhorn Network.
Will you be able to watch the network on portable/mobile devices?
Will the network be housed in Birmingham, Ala., at SEC headquarters?
No, it will be at ESPN's production facility in Charlotte, N.C. This isn't a prelude to more SEC expansion ... we think.