Suddenlink isn't the biggest television provider out there, but it's now an official carrier of the SEC Network. So slide another 1.4 million subscribers into the SEC's corner. As it stands, the joint venture between ESPN and the Southeastern Conference will launch on August 14th in more than 60 million homes.
For those keeping score at home, the channel will be carried by Dish -- you might have noticed a few ads for them on our site -- in the satellite field. Cable providers already on board include Brighthouse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner. Other carriers are AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and the aformentioned Suddenlink.
The last big fish for SEC/ESPN to reel in is DirecTV. According to that company's CEO, Mike White, a deal will likely be closed soon. Speaking with investors last week, White said DirecTV has already agreed on rates with the SEC Network and he is "hopeful and optimistic" that his company will have the channel in time for its launch date, 10 days from now.
Until DirecTV actually lines up the SEC Network, you satellite-lovers might want to go ahead and click on one of those pretty red and yellow Dish ads at the top, side or bottom of the homepage.