ACC Network launches as college football season gets underway
The new ACC Network — a collaboration between the ACC and ESPN — has 24/7 programming that includes sporting events (naturally) but also documentaries, hosted talk shows and more.
Think of it as an ESPN channel just for the ACC.
There will be tons of games — in its first year, the network says it will broadcast 450 live ACC events — but there’s plenty of other stuff to watch, too.
We’ve put together a guide to finding the new network, plus info on the football schedule and other programming.
Where to find the ACC Network on cable and satellite
Right now, the ACC Network will be available on Triangle area cable carriers Spectrum (a Charter company) and Google Fiber TV.
There is currently no deal with AT&T U-verse, but that could change any minute (or never).
▪ On Spectrum, you’ll find The ACC Network on channel 388. It’s part of the Spectrum TV Select package, so you don’t have to purchase a special sports package. NOTE: If you are a Time Warner Cable “legacy” customer, you will not have the ACC Network. You can call Spectrum to check on switching over to a Spectrum plan. Read more about this Spectrum/Time Warner situation here.
▪ On Google Fiber TV, you’ll find ACCN on channel 221. A special sports package is not required.
The satellite service DirecTV carries the network, and DISH announced Thursday night on Twitter that it has “an agreement in principle” with ESPN to distribute the channel.
▪ On DirecTV, the ACC Network is on channel 612.
▪ On DISH, if you’re a subscriber with America’s Top 120+ or above, the Regional Action Pack or the Multi-Sport Pack, the Clemson-Georgia Tech game is on Channel 402.
For streaming, the ACC Network is on YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV (note that this is not the same as regular Hulu) and PlayStation Vue.
Update: A deal with Sling was announced Thursday night, while the game was in progress.
There is no deal with Fubo.
Simply search for “ACC Network” in your streaming service to locate the channel.
NOTE: If you’re a Spectrum, Google Fiber TV or DirecTV customer and want to screen, the ACC Network should be accessible through the ESPN app. Just use your log-in credentials for your carrier to get in.
Documentaries and other programming
As we noted up top, the ACC Network won’t be just about the games.
ACCN has a full line-up of documentaries, weekly talk shows and other special programming.
The documentary on Duke’s Coach K that premiered on Aug. 22, “The Class That Saved Coach K,” should be available in repeats.
▪ Later this fall, we’ll get a documentary on the University of Virginia’s 2019 NCAA basketball championship, “Unbelievable: Virginia’s Improbable Path To a Title.”
▪ Also coming is “The Bowden Dynasty,” a feature-length documentary that explores the life and times of longtime Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden.
▪ In addition to documentaries, ACCN will have an “ACC Traditions” series that will highlight each of the ACC universities, and a weekday morning show called “Packer and Durham,” hosted by Mark Packer and Wes Durham (that airs 7-10 a.m. Monday through Friday).
Most games will air on the ACC Network or on ESPN, but a few are on the CBS Sports, ABC and FS1 schedules. There’s even one Duke game listed as airing on Facebook. But by and large, it’s mostly ACCN.
The inaugural game on the ACC Network is Georgia Tech at Clemson, airing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
See the full schedule — current as of Aug. 21 — below.