The SEC Network is one of the latest additions to the college conference broadcasting universe, but it’s already among the most powerful. The SEC Network launched in August 2014 as a joint venture between the conference and sports programming juggernaut ESPN. It’s a ‘win/win’ relationship for both–ESPN gets a lock on the best college football conference in the country while the SEC can leverage ESPN to grow their audience.
ESPN’s broadcasting muscle is evident in the SEC Network’s initial viewership numbers. At the time of the network launch, it was already the biggest college sports network in terms of both availability and revenue. The SEC Network is available in 76 million homes, or roughly the same as the Big Ten and Pac-12 Networks combined. The SEC Network also ranks high among all sports programming networks pulling in the #5 revenue numbers and #6 audience numbers in that market segment.
THE SEC NETWORK MAKES ONLINE STREAMING A PRIORITY:
From the outset, the SEC Network has made a strong commitment to online streaming of their live events. According to network press statements, over 50% of the SEC Network’s programming is available online including a 24/7 live stream. This exposure benefits not only the ‘big sports’ like football and basketball but the lower profile sports as well. The network has made a goal of carrying every sporting event involving any of its member schools. If the SEC Network doesn’t carry a game on TV, it’s almost certain to be available as a digital exclusive on the streaming platform.
In other words, if you’re a subscriber to a cable or satellite service that offers the SEC Network you have it made in terms of streaming. Unfortunately, however, anyone else that wants to watch the action has to find another solution. The broadcast TV industry is desperate to keep their fragmenting business model viable for as long as possible, and that’s why a cable/satellite subscription is required to view the SEC Network. The logical thing to do would be to open streaming viewership to anyone who wants to subscribe, but that’s not available now nor will it be for the foreseeable future.
WATCHING THE SEC NETWORK WITHOUT A CABLE/SATELLITE SUBSCRIPTION:
Even without the aforementioned cable/satellite subscription there’s a number of ways to watch SEC Network programming. If you’re looking for a specific SEC football or basketball game, you’re all but guaranteed to find a live stream online. A 24/7 live network feed stream is more difficult, but not impossible. The fact that the SEC Network makes so much of their programming–along with the 24/7 live network feed–available online benefits not only subscribers but non-subscribers as well. Simply put, it’s easier to find live content online from the SEC network than it is the other college conferences.
As one of the most powerful college sports conferences, finding individual SEC football and basketball games is extremely easy. In addition, you may have success finding live game streams of other sports including baseball, soccer, and swimming. To find a SEC game just look at any of the major websites devoted to live sports streaming. Wiziwig is the best place to start. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Wiziwig head to one of the other live sports streaming websites like Stream2Me, first row sports or sportslemon.tv. This list is nowhere near exhaustive and the sites and their web addresses change often. For that reason, starting with a Google search is always a good plan.
LIVE 24/7 SEC NETWORK FEED STREAMING ACCESS:
Finding a 24/7 network feed is more difficult than locating an individual game stream, but is definitely ‘doable’. You won’t find as many sites that index live network streams, but they are out there. Some of the same sports streaming sites that offer individual game directories also have links to 24/7 network streams. Stream2Video.TV specializes in live TV network streams from around the world. Another great resource is the discussion forum at Wiziwig. The community is very knowledgeable and helpful and should have some suggestions about locating a SEC Network 24/7 live stream.
Bottom line–it’ll take more time and effort to locate a 24/7 SEC Network feed live stream. Once you do, however, you’ll be able to watch every sport that the Southeastern Conference has to offer wherever you want! You’ll be able to stream the live game action to your smartphone, tablet, computer or television giving you complete control of your sports viewing experience.