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News Corp to end Speed and Fuel Channels, convert them to Fox Sports

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mitchflorida, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Feb 10, 2013 #1 of 133
    mitchflorida

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/08/newscorp-foxsports-idUSL1N0B7IYX20130208
     
  2. Feb 10, 2013 #2 of 133
    hdtvfan0001

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    Can't say I'm surprised.

    Specialty channels like these will likely see more similar consolidation over the next couple of years.
     
  3. Feb 10, 2013 #3 of 133
    RunnerFL

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    Yeah, definitely not surprised. This has been rumored ever since FOX took over SPEED.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2013 #4 of 133
    JoeTheDragon

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    Will they channels move to new spots in the guide?
     
  5. Feb 10, 2013 #5 of 133
    mitchflorida

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    I guess I am the odd man out because I never watch any sports programming and continue to pay up the ying yang for them. NetFlix is looking better and better to me.

    They are quadrupling their rates for these channels, as you can imagine.
     
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    Hoosier205

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    Depends on their agreement and discussions with providers.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2013 #7 of 133
    mitchflorida

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    One day you will wake up and instead of saying Speed on the Guide, it will say Fox Sports 1.


    Fox is asking 90 cents to $1 per subscriber for its Fox Sports 1 channel, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion, and expects to increase that price in future years.

    Some of Fox's contracts with the cable and satellite channels also have provisions that allow some increases in the monthly fees they pay to carry its sports channels that would escalate if they were to add more popular programs, such as Major League baseball, said one of the people.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2013 #8 of 133
    Hoosier205

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    I know.

    The question is whether or not they will move in the guide.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2013 #9 of 133
    sigma1914

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    That's ok... many people have to pay for your favorite channels and don't watch them.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2013 #10 of 133
    mitchflorida

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    You are missing my point, but that's okay.
     
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    James Long

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    SPEED changed its logo last year when Fox Sports 1 was first mentioned. Their logo now has Fox Sports prominent with SPEED underneath it. It would be easy to replace the SPEED with a "1" or "One".

    Hopefully Fox will not go too crazy with price increases for the channels ... but it is Fox and they like to charge for their programming.
     
  12. Feb 10, 2013 #12 of 133
    mitchflorida

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    ESPN charges about $8 a month. Fox Sports will be about $1.60 for the both of their channels. That is quite a bargain!
     
  13. Feb 10, 2013 #13 of 133
    Hoosier205

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    That's the current guess.
     
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    spartanstew

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    I'm all for a sports channel with no Chris Berman.
     
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    FenixTX

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    ESPN isn't $8 a month. It's a little over $5 a month.
     
  16. Feb 10, 2013 #16 of 133
    tulanejosh

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    I don't think he's missing your point. You pay for channels you don't watch and implied that another model or provider was maybe more in line with your viewing habits. He's pointing out that the situation exists regardless of what it is that you actually want to watch - some one us always going to pay for something they don't want... Even on Netflix.
     
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    sigma1914

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    Bingo. ;)
     
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    Hoosier205

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    We have no idea how much it is.
     
  19. Feb 10, 2013 #19 of 133
    dpeters11

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    Like about $100 million for House of Cards?
     
  20. Feb 10, 2013 #20 of 133
    donalddickerson2005

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    All of these comments is why I am for pay per channel but then some channels would just go away because there would be no one watching. But then again if I had to pay knowingly $5 for ESPN I might not even though I'm a sports nut.
     

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