You don’t have to live in the heart of Tuscaloosa to know that SEC sports are big in the south. As a die-hard UW Badger fan, I’ve heard all the rumblings how we in the north don’t know much about football. And the proof seems to be on the scoreboard – the schools south of the Mason Dixon line win NCAA championships.
TDS TV currently has customers in Georgia and Tennessee and both states that have a vested interest in the new SEC Network. I’ve seen many Facebook posts from those folks asking if and when the network would be available through TDS. I’ve even seen people discuss leaving their current provider if SEC Network wasn’t available before football season starts – now THAT’S dedication! Well no fear everyone, it’s now ready to roll.
If you’re in the aforementioned southern states, you will get the network included in the Expanded tier of programming. If you’re in any other TDS TV operating states, it will be part of the Expanded Plus tier. In either case, it will be located at channel 1632 in HD (632 in standard definition).
The launch went live at 5 p.m. yesterday and a I know people will be very excited. I have a feeling the content will be similar to the Big Ten Network, which has a lot of creative programming. You can catch the latest news on your favorite team, watch live sports, catch that big game your team won back in 2008 and watch debates on who was the best SEC running back of all time (for my money, you can’t beat Herschel Walker – but if you said Bo Jackson, I’d give you a high five).
If you’ve caught any of the ESPN, “SEC Storied” documentaries recently, those will be featured on the network as well. As someone who didn’t know much about them, The Book of Manning documentary was one of the best stories I’ve seen in a long time. If the other SEC Storied features are as well done as the Manning episode (all the ESPN 30 for 30, series for that matter), I will definitely be recording them.
I’m not sure how the Vols will do this year, but I’m sure hoping to give their title chances a boost when the Badgers take down those pesky Tigers in Houston later this month. And if somehow that fails, I’ll rest on taking down Florida in basketball later this year.