Time Warner reaches deal with SEC Network

Bristol, Conn. (WKYT) - University of Kentucky fans with Time Warner Cable will get to watch the new SEC Network when it debuts.

The network's owner ESPN has been at odds with Time Warner over how much it should pay to carry the network.

Time Warner is the dominant cable company in Kentucky. Time Warner Cable spokesperson Mike Pedelty says there are around 700,000 customer relationships in Kentucky.

"It is great to have Time Warner Cable as a distribution partner for the SEC Network," said Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. "Time Warner Cable customers, particularly those in South Carolina and Texas, will have the opportunity to enjoy our football season opener exclusively on the SEC Network when Texas A&M visits South Carolina on August 28."

The SEC Network will launch Aug. 14.

The following three days will feature three UK Men's Basketball exhibition games in the Bahamas. Two of the first three UK Football games will also be exclusively featured on the network.

The SEC and ESPN have a 20-year agreement through 2034. The network will air SEC content 24/7 with more than 1,000 events in its first year. It will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually.

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