The brand new ACC Network launched August 22nd and broadcast its first ACC football game Thursday night as the No. 1 Clemson Tigers started off the 2019-20 campaign with a 52-14 drubbing of the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. Coverage has been great, if you’ve been able to see it
Virginia football’s first game of the season kicks off Saturday night at 7:30pm at Pittsburgh in a game that will be solely broadcast on the ACC Network. So far, major carriers DirecTV, Dish, Spectrum, and Verizon Fios have all picked up the network, as have online streaming platforms Hulu Live, YouTube TV, SlingTV, and PlayStationVue. Dish Network joined the party just before Clemson and GT kicked off, and Google Fiber, Optimum, Suddenlink, TVision are all also listed by the ACC Network FAQ page.
Notably missing? Comcast and AT&T UVerse. For a lot of Virginia fans on the east coast, Comcast not carrying the ACC Network will be a problem.
So what does this all mean?
If you have one of the carriers that already reached a deal with the ACC Network, you’re good to go! You can check if you get the channel here.
If you don’t have one of the aforementioned carriers or streaming platforms, you’ve got some work to do before Saturday night.
To make it perfectly clear: IF YOU HAVE COMCAST AND DON’T HAVE A LOGIN FOR ONE OF THE NETWORKS THAT CARRIES THE ACC NETWORK, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WATCH THE GAME.
This includes streaming. Think of it like having ESPN/2, but not paying for the extra package that has ESPNU. If you try to watch a game — either via the app or cable channel — you’ll get an error message that you’re not subscribed to the channel.
So what can you do?
For the short term, you can try a free trial on one of the streaming subscriptions. YouTubeTV, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu Live all offer a one-week free trial before they’ll start charging you.
If Comcast hasn’t picked up the channel yet, things aren’t looking good that it will happen in 2019, so you may want to look at cutting the cord and getting one of the monthly streaming packages that are offered.
YouTubeTV - $49.99/month; 70+ networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, BTN, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network; up to six accounts/device logins
PlayStation Vue - $49.99/month; 70+ networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, BTN, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network; stream on up to five devices at once
Hulu Live - $44.99/month; 60+ networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, BTN, SEC Network, CBS Sports Network; stream on up to two devices at once
There’s also the option of going to a bar/restaurant in your neighborhood or joining your local UVA Club watch party.
Drop questions below if you have any confusion and we’ll do our best to help you locate the game!