MetroCast agrees to carry SEC Network

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MetroCast has reached an agreement to carry the new SEC Network, it was announced Friday.

Mississippi subscribers in more than 70 communities – including Oxford and Starkville – will be able to watch the network, which launches Aug. 14 and will be carried on MetroCast Expanded Basic channel 26 (726 HD) and channel 63 (in the Forest/Morton area).

MetroCast serves more than 45,000 residential and business-class customers in Mississippi.

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with ESPN to carry SEC Network, and it adds great value to our lineup,” MetroCast regional manager Rick Ferrall said. “Our customers are big Southeast Conference fans and will welcome the expansive coverage the network will provide.”

The network will televise at least 45 SEC football games this season, starting Aug. 28 with Texas A&M playing South Carolina. It will broadcast more than 1,000 live events in its first year.

ESPN and the SEC reached a 20-year deal through 2034 to create and operate the network.