ESPN and Charter Communications Sign Distribution Agreement for SEC Network

 ESPN and Charter Communications Sign Distribution Agreement for SEC Network

PR Newswire

STAMFORD, Conn. and BRISTOL, Conn., Aug. 6, 2014

STAMFORD, Conn. and BRISTOL, Conn., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ESPN and
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) have reached an agreement for
distribution of the SEC Network when the channel launches on August 14, 2014.
The network will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern
Conference in all Charter markets. Subscribers will also have authenticated
access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network's digital
platforms – including WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com – with the ability to watch
SEC Network live and on-demand content anytime, anywhere on their television,
computer, tablet or mobile device. With the addition of Charter, the SEC
Network will be available to more than 91 million households nationwide.

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"We are excited to be bringing the SEC Network to Charter customers," said
Allan Singer, SVP of Programming for Charter Communications. "We know that
there are many SEC fans and grads in our footprint who are ready to cheer on
their team and we are glad that the SEC Network will be available to them when
it launches on August 14th."

"With the addition of Charter, SEC Network is currently slated to be available
to eight of the top ten distributors nationwide at launch, covering 90 percent
of all U.S. cable homes," added Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. "We look forward to serving Charter
customers nationwide, including many SEC markets."

The SEC Network and its accompanying digital offering will air more than 1,000
live events in its first year, including at least 45 exclusive SEC football
games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75
baseball games, 50 softball games and events across all of the SEC's 21
sports. The network will be an all-access pass to nationally competitive
events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth
features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, "Millions of fans nationwide – including
those in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas –
will be pleased to know that this latest agreement with Charter will ensure
that the SEC Network will be available to them at launch."

Added Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior Vice President, College Networks, "The SEC
Network continues to attract greater demand as we inch closer to its debut,
and with Charter, we will be able to serve their customers nationwide with
quality content and coverage across all of the SEC's 21 sports on multiple
platforms."

Charter TV customers can find the SEC Network on their channel lineup upon its
launch by visiting charter.com.

About Charter Communications
Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the
fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full
range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video
entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®.
Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective
broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as
business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone,
video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's
advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media®
brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.

About SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through
2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network which will launch August
14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC
content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network
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. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and
analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as
SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live
events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital
platform.

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SOURCE Charter Communications

Website: http://www.charter.com
Contact: Francois Claude, Francois.Claude@charter.com, 203-905-7968; or Gracie
Blackburn, Gracie.Blackburn@espn.com, 704-350-3489, or Kristie Chong Adler,
Kristie.Chong@espn.com, 646-547-5637
 
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