In this handout image, college football analysts Mark Richt, from left, E.J. Manuel, Eric Mac Lain and Jac Collinsworth on the set of “The Huddle” for ESPN's new ACC Network in Bristol, Conn., on Aug. 7, 2019. ESPN will split the costs and revenues of the ACC Network with the Atlantic Coast Conference, which becomes the fourth Power Five college football league with its own dedicated television channel.
Photo: Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images via The New York Times
Photo: Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images via The New York Times

ACC asks fans to apply pressure to cable providers to pick up ACC Network

As the launch of the ACC Network approached Thursday evening, Georgia Tech was part of a league-wide effort to continue to apply pressure to cable companies that had not reached agreements to carry the fledgling channel.

The Tech athletic department put out a news release Thursday afternoon detailing what fans can do if their cable provider has not picked up the ESPN-owned network, the two options being to contact the provider or to consider switching to another provider that does carry the ACC Network.

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The release also included a listing of programs that will include segments featuring Tech. That includes the launch show scheduled for 7 p.m., which was to include an interview with coach Geoff Collins. Most notably, Tech plays Clemson on Aug. 29 in the season opener, a game available exclusively on the ACC Network.

The largest carrier reported not to have an agreement as of Thursday afternoon was Comcast Xfinity, whose 22 million subscribers are the largest of any single cable provider and which also has a significant presence in metro Atlanta. Other pay-TV providers that do not have agreements include Dish Network, Cox Contour and AT&T U-Verse. (Cox Contour is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.)


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