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SEC Network + To Debut With Arkansas Razorback Soccer Match vs Creighton

This is kinda cool if you're interested in these types of things. Future Jeopardy questions and what not.

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So we all know about the SEC Network, right? Well, now ESPN is introducing what they're calling SEC Network +, which appears to be a digital streaming service to go along with the actual channel.

Unfortunately, it is known as "SEC Network +" which in print is difficult to visually differentiate from "SEC Network" (Could they not have just gone with something like "WatchSEC" similar to "WatchESPN"? But I digress). It is important to know the difference because there will be many events on SEC Network + that are only going to be available via digital streaming.

The very first event will be originating from good ol' Fayetteville. It will be a soccer match between Arkansas and Creighton beginning at 7 pm Central on August 14th.

According to the press release, anybody with access to the SEC Network will have access to SEC Network + content on SECNetwork.com and the WatchESPN app.

Other Razorback events currently scheduled for SEC Network + are:

  • Soccer matches against Utah State (August 22nd), Oklahoma State (August 24th)
  • Volleyball matches against Tennessee State (August 29th), Stephen F. Austin (August 30th), and Michigan (August 30th)

Here's the relevant info from the press release

In the build-up to the launch of SEC Network on August 14, ESPN and the SEC are beginning the roll-out of the digital elements of the multi-screen initiative with the kickoff of a brand new SECsports.com and SECNetwork.com.

From day-one, the SEC Network will be a fully integrated cross-platform media network, with robust sites and authenticated access to the SEC Network simulcast via WatchESPN for fans with access to the SEC Network through their TV provider.  In addition, fans with the SEC Network will have exclusive access to hundreds of additional live events through SEC Network + on SECNetwork.com and via WatchESPN.

SEC Network +

SEC Network + — exclusively available on SECNetwork.com  and via WatchESPN — will add live and on-demand coverage of more than 550 digital-exclusive sporting events to the SEC Network multi-screen output in the first year.  Ranging across multiple sports from all member schools, SEC Network + events will all be high-quality, multi-camera productions – enabled by extensive new technological and production  capabilities built out by ESPN and SEC schools in support of the SEC Network launch.

In addition to authenticated access to the SEC Network and SEC Network + (via laptops and desktops; access via iOS and Android smartphones and tablets is via WatchESPN), SEC Network + will also serve as a platform to deliver additional events produced by the schools and SECNetwork.com will also feature original short clips, video from studio programs, original digital video projects and more.

View the full press release here.