ESPNU And Comcast Finally Link Up

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

This has been a while in the making, but ESPNU and Comcast have finally reached an agreement to bring the network onto to the masses. The channel will not only be added to the channel, but you also won't need the sports package to get it. And there's more! As a Comcast subscriber, you'll even be able to access ESPN360 for free, right before the start of the Football season. Here's a little letter that the folks at ESPNU sent out this morning, detailing the move....

Dear Colleague ~

We are thrilled to share that ESPN has secured two new significant distribution agreements for ESPNU with Comcast and DIRECTV. Comcast will launch ESPNU in a majority of its cable systems in time for the start of the college football season on its Digital Classic level of service. ESPNU will widen its distribution to DIRECTV's CHOICE™ programming package beginning July 1. Through both agreements, ESPNU will now be available to more than 46 million college sports fans across the country. Attached are the press releases with more details about each deal. Please feel free to share with your respective constituencies.

In addition, Comcast will also make, ESPN’s broadband network, available to its high-speed Internet customers for no additional charge through, which reaches 17 million unique users per month, also in time for this year’s college football season.

We would like to thank you and the entire sports information community for supporting ESPNU since its launch on 03-04-05. You have been instrumental in helping us educate college sports fans about the brand. We look forward to its continued growth and serving our audience with compelling content from your conference 365 days a year.

The ESPN Communications College Sports Team
Now that's some good news to start the day. I've been begging for ESPNU for years, and the two sides have finally figured out a good deal for both parties. Now if Comcast and the NFL Network could follow suit, everything will be peachy.

(Thanks to reader JR for the tip)


And just like magic....

SSReporters said...
May 19, 2009, 10:53:00 AM  

Now everyone gets to see the shittiness of Adrian Branch (I think that that is his name).

GMoney said...
May 19, 2009, 11:57:00 AM  

How about ESPNUHD on Directv?

Mark said...
May 19, 2009, 1:56:00 PM  

Wow U-verse gets something DTV dosent (ESPNUHD) awesome ... can I buy Extra Innings now please????

May 19, 2009, 2:24:00 PM  
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mandb97 said...
May 19, 2009, 4:06:00 PM  

I have watched ESPNU for quite a while on Direct TV and other than Cowherd, yes that's correct Cowherd, there is no reason at all to watch. The games are low level D1 and the broadcasting is mediocre at best.

mandb97 said...
May 19, 2009, 4:07:00 PM  

They may be mid-major DI schools, but for fans of those schools who don't travel with the team, watching the game on the U is a heck of a lot better than listening to the game via radio.

May 19, 2009, 5:01:00 PM  

Personally I'm more excited about getting 360. I haven't had a problem with Comcast internet (cable is a different story), and I wanted ESPN360 forever.

Zach said...
May 19, 2009, 7:40:00 PM  

so awesome for those of us who are ncaa hockey fans

Brandon said...
May 20, 2009, 12:53:00 PM  
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Sep 26, 2009, 7:56:00 AM  

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