The ACC Network will launch Thursday night, without carriage on many of the major television providers in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Customers of cable providers Armstrong and Comcast, satellite service Dish Network, among others, won’t be able to tune in when the network goes live, but the ACC is still considering the launch a successful one.
“I applaud the leadership of our 15 member institutions and our great partners at ESPN for making this day a reality,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a video released on Thursday.
Customers of DirecTV, Altice and Spectrum cable, Verizon Fios and Google Fiber will be able to tune in, as well as over-the-top streaming services Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV, giving the ACC Network strong national and regional presences at launch. DirecTV owner AT&T is the country’s largest television provider.
“We are very pleased with the distribution agreements that we have in place currently, and as you’d imagine, we continue to have lots of conversations, and productive conversations, with other distributors for ACC Network coverage,” ESPN vice president Rosalyn Durant said during a recent conference call.
Carriage agreement contracts regularly go the 11th hour and beyond, so just because many providers have not yet reached an agreement doesn’t mean that they won’t before the college football season begins in earnest next Saturday.
Pitt’s home opener against Virginia is scheduled to be broadcast on ACC Network next Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The programming will begin at 7 p.m this Thursday. ACC Network can be found on DirecTV on Channel 612, Channel 388 on Spectrum cable and Channels 329 and 829 on Verizon Fios.