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Jun
26
2017

ACC Network gets its first distribution and carriage deals.

Huge thanks to yehonala04 for sending me this link. The ACC Network has gotten its first distribution and carriage deals as reported by http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com.

From that article, here are a couple of highlights.

The ACC Network is off and running with its first distribution deals.

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…

Magnus said negotiations have been helped by the ACC’s on-field successes, which include the two most recent national championships in football (Clemson) and college basketball (North Carolina).

…With ESPN’s ability to grow revenue deeply mitigated against the tide of declining subscribers, a new product like the ACC Network represents one of the ways ESPN can develop new profits.

There is a wealth of information in that article, and I highly suggest if you are interested in the topic to take a look.

This is positive for the ACC, as the launch of the network is still 2 years away, and distribution deals are already starting to come together.

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