Want to watch Saturday's Notre Dame football game? Better make sure you have the ACC Network
If you don’t want to miss Saturday’s Notre Dame football game against Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va., you might want to double-check your cable or streaming provider.
And if you're on Comcast, you're likely out of luck.
Saturday’s prime-time matchup between No. 14 Notre Dame and the Hokies will be televised on the ACC Network, which has agreements with many services and providers, but not with Comcast/Xfinity, the major provider in both the Indiana and Virginia markets.
The ACC Network is available through Verizon Fios, AT&T/DirecTV, Charter-Spectrum, Dish Network, Altice, Cox, Sling, Hulu, YouTube and Fubo.
Comcast has not carried the ACC Network since the channel’s launch in August 2019. That's been an issue for Notre Dame basketball fans as both the men and women's teams are ACC members and many of those games are broadcast on the network without being aired locally.
The ACC Network is an ACC-ESPN partnership and, as of Friday, Comcast and ESPN’s parent company, Disney, had not yet announced a distribution agreement.
Comcast’s multiyear contract to carry other Disney channels, predates the ACC Network’s debut, and since that deal expires, or expired, this fall, a delay in offering the ACC Network was expected. What’s unknown is the exact expiration date, according to the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.
Irish fans have grown used to having nearly every Notre Dame televised nationally on broadcast television. Rarely in the past four decades has a Notre Dame game not been on television.
Notre Dame has had its home games broadcast exclusively on NBC since the early 1990s. This year’s home opener against Toledo, however, was not shown on NBC, but instead regulated to the Peacock streaming network owned by NBC.
That left many Irish fans scurrying to subscribe online or on their smart televisions.
Channels for the ACC Network
Provider | Channel (SD/HD)
Verizon FiOS | 329/829
AT&T | 610/610
DirecTV | 612
Dish Network | 402
Spectrum | 388
There are a number of free options to watch the ACC Network through the ACC Network Extra (ACCNX) and WatchESPN apps. The following services that carry the ACC Network also offer a free trial with no cable subscription needed:
♦ Fubo TV ($64.99/month)
♦ Hulu Plus Live TV ($64.99/month)
♦ YouTube TV ($64.99/month)
Virgina Tech’s football website is urging Comcast subscribers to contact the provider at https://www.xfinity.com/support/ and request ACCN be added.