MetroCast ‘working’ to add SEC Network

SEC LogoBy John L. Pitts

Daily Journal

MetroCast Communications, a TV provider for some households in Oxford, Starkville, Baldwyn, New Albany and other Northeast Mississippi towns, says it plans to offer the SEC Network.

But there are details yet to be worked out.

A MetroCast spokesman told the Daily Journal on Monday that his company expects to add the SEC Network to the expanded basic package in time for its Aug. 14 launch.

“We are working toward an agreement now with the expectation that we will launch on August 14,” Andy Walton said in an e-mail.

The Journal reported last week that MetroCast had not yet reached an agreement with the SEC Network.

It will be in at least 46 million households after the nation’s largest cable provider, Comcast, got on board last week. Time-Warner Cable and a major satellite provider, DirecTV, are the biggest holdouts. Both are expected to sign up before the launch.

A big draw for regional viewers – the SEC Network will broadcast at least 45 football games this season, including Mississippi State’s season-opener at home against Southern Miss on Saturday, Aug. 30. The first football broadcast will be Texas A&M at South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 28.

All 14 league football teams will be featured within the first four weeks of the season. Ole Miss will appear on Sept. 13, in its home opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Pennsylvania-based Harron Communications recently agreed to sell its MetroCast holdings – more than 60,000 households in north Mississippi and Alabama – to Ohio-based Block Communications. Service to area markets is not likely to be affected.