Just in time for the football season, the all-new ACC Network will launch Thursday at 7 p.m. EST and will be "the new, 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports," according to GoHeels.
The network, referred to as ACCN on TV channel guides, will feature approximately 450 live televised events, including 40 regular-season football games and 150 men's and women's basketball games, in its first year on air. Providers of the network currently include DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Spectrum, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.
Providers not currently carrying the network are Cox Cable, Comcast Cable, Dish Network, Sling TV and AT&T U-verse, among others. Thus, Thursday will be somewhat of a partial launch for the ACCN, with the remaining providers expected to strike deals with the network in the future. Other Power 5 conferences such as the Pac-12 and the Big Ten already have dedicated networks and partnerships with cable providers.
As an ESPN-affiliated network, the ACCN will be available via the ESPN app on computers, tablets, mobile phones and TV connected devices.
The ACCN also seems to be a crucial part of the conference's vision moving forward – John Swofford, ACC commissioner and former UNC athletic director, is reportedly overseeing the launch of the network.