ACC Network Update - Digital Video Providers Confirmed

I heard this on SiriusXM during the morning commute. Jphn Ourand the author of this article mentioned that 2 of the digital providers listed have signed up to carry the ACC network but he was not able to see the contracts so he couldn't confirm a specific digital provider.

The ESPN-owned conference channel recently secured its first carriage agreements with digital video providers, guaranteeing that the channel will be available to consumers when it launches in August 2019. The deals mark an important first step that comes as critics question the network's viability in such a volatile media marketplace. ESPN would not identify the providers who agreed to a deal, saying it is with providers whose carriage deals run beyond 2019.

So far, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu have deals to carry ESPN programming. It's not known which ones also will take the ACC Network, though it should be noted that ESPN's parent, Disney, owns 30 percent of Hulu.

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Let's just hope they can get cable carries also. Don't want to be Pac12 all over again.

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Radio commentary made it seem that the digital video providers they had lined up was partially an attempt to force competition into the market and get the cable providers to add the channel. Along the lines of "you don't want to lose any more subscribers to these digital guys do you".

Slightly off topic, but I've always struggled with the 'cord cutting' premise a little bit. I still need high speed internet to provide me with access to all of these services so that's always going to be at least 1 service provider to the house. I guess the cord cutting battle is more about content than it is about pipeline.

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The cord cutting argument is about value. If you have 4 TVs in your house, you need 4 boxes @ $10/month per box rental (alot of providers signa;s aren't compatible with third party boxes) to get the content in HD. You also get more granularity in the choices of channels that you might want. Not quite a la cart, but closer.

I had 6 TV's at one point in the house and don't use a cable box. Use TiVo which I pay a one time life subscription for and also can stream to that TV using TiVo.

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Me, too, but the cable company charges me $5/month for a digital cable card, AND I had to upgrade my service in order to get ESPN everything to get all the VT games.

I'm guessing there's a better way, but we don't get our local channels without cable assistance.

We're just not there yet, and now that I have (mostly) all the VT games, I'm not giving them up.

They used to charge for cable cards in Ohio, down here in SC they haven't, yet. I saw every game on TV last year it was great.

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Slightly off topic, but I've always struggled with the 'cord cutting' premise a little bit. I still need high speed internet to provide me with access to all of these services so that's always going to be at least 1 service provider to the house. I guess the cord cutting battle is more about content than it is about pipeline.

The general premise is that it saves money because you only pay for content you want, instead of a full bundle. You can also share memberships with friends, which helps save. I totally understand the allure of having lots of channels , but I watch 3 shows on HBO in a given season, and college football. That's it. I live alone, and I have one TV. It just doesn't make sense to have a cable bill.

I do admit that the technology has a ways to go for sports viewing, mainly for two reasons: it's not easy to flip between games/channels, there's a 30 second lag between your broadcast and real time (due to the re-encoding of the cable feed), but I think the technology will get there in the next 5ish years.

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Hulu and Sling would be good as I have them, make this happen Mouse!

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Sling already has some ACC specific content, so I hope it is one of them. Hopefully it is packaged with the sports package.

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The watchESPN app has been horrible since January for me. It keeps lagging and crashing. None of my other video watching apps have trouble so it seems to be an app issue. Has anyone else had this issue?

No, but I use it with a Chromecast to watch stuff on my TV and it has been working well for me.

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Hmm. I use it via chromecast on my TV as well. This is baffling to me. Thanks for the responses.

I watch it through my xbox one and it can be really shitty at times.

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We use Xbox in the basement, appleTV on the main level, and the app on IPads or laptops in the bedrooms. Spectrum cable for connection. We get lags on all of them if it gets up to 90 degrees out, or thunderstorms in the area, but it usually works pretty good.

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