DISH adds SEC Network and Longhorn Network

By Kevin Kelley -

College football fans that have Dish Network can rejoice! ESPN and DISH announced last night that they have reached an agreement for DISH to carry the SEC Network at launch.

The SEC Network is set for launch on August 14, 2014 and will be available to DISH subscribers with America’s Top 120+ package and higher. DISH subscribers will also have access to “additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.”

In its first year, the SEC Network will air over 1,000 live events, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football games, 100+ men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, 50 softball games, and much more.

“Few fan bases rival the passion and loyalty of the SEC, and DISH is proud to be the first nationwide television provider of the SEC Network,” said Dave Shull, DISH executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “We strive to give our customers and consumers what they want, and there’s no better place for the college sports fan than with DISH.”

“This is an important day for the SEC Network. We are pleased to welcome DISH to the SEC family,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “More than five months ahead of the network launch, it’s exciting to have a national distributor and our first satellite provider onboard. Now SEC fans from across the country have another way to show their conference pride and sign up to get the SEC Network.”

Included in the deal between DISH and Walt Disney Company, which owns ESPN, is even more college sports content. DISH subscribers will now be able to access the Longhorn Network (Texas Longhorns sports), ESPN Goal Line (college football), and ESPN Buzzer Beater (college basketball).

With the addition of DISH as a carrier, the SEC Network now has three total providers – DISH, AT&T U-verse, and National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.

If your provider hasn’t agreed to carry the SEC Network yet, you can head over to to encourage them.

  1. PNB
    March 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Great news….now if we could just get Dish to carry ESPNU and ESPNews in HD!

    • Jason
      March 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      From the “DISH and Walt Disney Company” link:

      “As part of the agreement, DISH will launch ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Disney Channel and ABC Family in high definition. ESPN Classic will be reintroduced as a video-on-demand channel.”

    • PNB
      March 8, 2014 at 12:36 am

      thanks for the update Jason

  2. Clean
    March 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Still no directv

  3. Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie) sai
    March 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Apologies for being slightly off-topic, but the Dodgers and Time Warner started their own channel for the 2015 season. So far no one but Time Warner is carrying it. Dish, DirecTV, UVerse, Verizon FIOS, Comcast and Cox have all said no. Opening day is 2.5 weeks away

    • PNB
      March 8, 2014 at 12:49 am

      sorry Bill but I live 20 miles form the Rays AA team (Montgomery Biscuits) but I never get to see the Rays, I am force to watch the he Braves…why? Does anyone in TV land care? No! You are in The Braves market so you must love the Braves!!!!! I like Chipper but he retired. I want to see the kids play in the majors that I got to see play at Riverwalk Stadium. At least the Rays come to Montgomery on 3-29-14 to play the Biscuits.

    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie) sai
      March 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      You can get a lot of out of town games on the ESPN Extra Innings package. I’ll bet you can get somewhere about 130 Rays games, although some wiil be opponents feeds. I live in Los Angeles and I can not watch the Dodgers at any price. Other than a few ESPN and Fox Network games I am out of luck.

  4. Terry Kerrick
    March 6, 2014 at 11:29 am


    • Bill (the one that's commenting for years not the newbie) sai
      March 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Chill out and stop shouting. BTN has been on Dish (Channel 439) since it’s inception. The extra games are scattered between channels 5440 to 5450.

    • PNB
      March 8, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Dish has also had Pac 12 since day one….it is DirecTV that fights the college channels

  5. Joan Shafer
    October 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I am very upset with Dish because they have Marshall listed as playing on 5 different channels and everyone of them have WVU playing instead!!!!