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ESPN Player adds ACC Network simulcast direct from US

ESPN Player has added a fourth live channel to its platform, dedicated to one of the biggest conferences in US college sports.

ESPN Player adds ACC Network simulcast direct from US

  • ACC Network joins SEC Network, ESPNU and Longhorn Network as live channels available to subscribers 24/7
  • Launch of channel dedicated to Atlantic Coast Conference includes brand new ESPN original programming
  • ESPN Player also adds download functionality for ESPN original content

ESPN Player has added a fourth live channel to its platform, dedicated to one of the biggest conferences in US college sports.

The ACC Network is dedicated to the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is home to some of the biggest and most storied teams in American sport, and ESPN Player subscribers will be able to watch it live on desktop, iPad and mobile.

The teams competing in the ACC include basketball powerhouses North Carolina (such as Michael Jordan’s alma mater), their arch rivals Duke University (led last season by top NBA draft picks Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett), and reigning National Champions Virginia.

In football, the ACC’s Clemson are the current CFP National Champions and among the favourites for the title this year as well. The conference is also home to storied and successful sports programs such as Notre Dame and University of Miami.

The launch of the network includes brand new programming dedicated to the conference’s biggest names and most famous moments, all of which will be available on-demand on ESPN Player. The content is led by four-part documentary series All In: The Clemson Football Family, which offers fans an inside look at the reigning national champions as they prepare to defend their title.

The series captures pre-season training as the Tigers plan for their opener against Georgia Tech and follows the team off the field, including team bonding and summer internships where players give back to the community. In-depth Interviews with the coaching staff also feature, offering an insight into the creation of a team that has won two of the last three national championships.

In addition, Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers looks into how Clemson won the title, becoming the first team in major college football history to amass a 15-0 record following decisive victories over Notre Dame (30-3) and Alabama (44-16) in the College Football Playoff. The 30-minute special follows Clemson’s journey through the College Football Playoff Semifinal and Championship games with never before seen footage and interviews with coaching staff.

Unbelievable: Virginia’s Improbable Path To A Title chronicles one of the most extraordinary seasons in college basketball history, the story of the Virginia men’s basketball team’s incredible run to the 2019 NCAA Championship. The Cavaliers pulled off one of the most dramatic turnarounds in NCAA tournament history in 2019 – winning their first NCAA title after suffering a devastating loss to No. 16 seed UMBC in the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament.

The Class that Saved Coach K tells the story of Duke basketball’s legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his 1982 recruiting class that, over four years, would overcome a bumpy start to change the narrative – turning the Blue Devils around and setting ‘Coach K’ on the path to greatness.

Even more original content will be added, including:

  • All Access: Louisville Football, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into first-year head coach Scott Satterfield’s Louisville football team
  • ACC Traditions, a series of 15, 30-minute programs focusing on the unique and rich traditions across the league’s 15 campuses, while showcasing a mix of fun, archival and new footage and interviews.
  • All Access: Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Notre Dame, the two-time NCAA Champions begin a new era this season after graduating five starters to the WNBA. The program follows the team on its journey toward discovering its new identity

Subscribers will also be able to download these shows and documentaries to watch offline following the introduction of download functionality to the ESPN Player app. The majority ESPN original content will be available to download, giving fans access to ESPN Player’s impressive range of critically acclaimed films and documentaries, including the Oscar-winning five-part film, OJ: Made In America.

The new ACC Network joins three ESPN channels on ESPN Player. The Longhorn Network, the official channel of the Texas Longhorns, the SEC Network, dedicated to the powerhouse Southeastern Conference, and ESPNU, focusing exclusively on college sports, are all available live 24/7.

The four live channels complement ESPN Player’s biggest ever season of college football coverage ahead of kick-off this weekend. Viewers will be able to watch more than 800 college football games live and on demand on desktop, iPad and mobile. The action kicks off this weekend with a huge intra-state rivalry as Miami take on Florida at midnight on Saturday 24 August.

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Oliver Clarke

Ollie first joined ESPN in 2016 from the University of Birmingham. Ollie looks after all things direct-to-consumer in EMEA. This includes, but not limited to, customer acquisition and retention, programming, customer life cycle management and communications.
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