This week ESPN announced a deal to bring its new ACC Network to a live TV streaming service starting in 2019. The ACC Network is currently a regional over-the-air TV network during games and a digital network only available during limited times to local channels and online streaming through services such as WatchESPN. In 2019 ESPN plans to launch the ACC Network as a 24/7 network similar to the Big Ten and the SEC Networks.
This is similar to how the SEC Network started out. ESPN began it as a way to air SEC games in local markets on over-the-air TV. Later it launched as a true 24/7 cable network.
We don’t know what services have signed up, but we do know that Sling TV already includes the ACC Network during games inside its Sling TV app. This is part of a deal Sling TV has with ESPN to include all ESPN3 content as part of the Sling TV app. So it is likely that Sling TV will be one of the live TV services to include the ACC Network.
Overall it is likely they will all agree to the new ACC Network. ESPN is still one of the most popular channels on cable TV and streaming services. This would likely mean DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and others will include the ACC Network starting in 2019.
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