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


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#1 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

News Corp will unveil its long-rumored national sports channel to advertisers in early March in its drive to siphon viewers and advertisers from sports behemoth ESPN, according to two people with knowledge of the launch.

The Fox Corp unit will soon send advertisers invitations to its first sports "upfront" presentation, the TV industry's annual unveiling of new shows, for a splashy New York City event, the sources said. It will make sales pitches for both its 22 regional sports channels and its new Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 national channels.

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The two new channels are expected to begin broadcasting games in August and would expand its offerings in 2014, the person said.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

Can't say I'm surprised.

Specialty channels like these will likely see more similar consolidation over the next couple of years.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:16 AM

Yeah, definitely not surprised. This has been rumored ever since FOX took over SPEED.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

Will they channels move to new spots in the guide?
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

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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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Will they channels move to new spots in the guide?


Depends on their agreement and discussions with providers.
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#7 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Depends on their agreement and discussions with providers.


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.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

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.


I know.

The question is whether or not they will move in the guide.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

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. ...


That's ok... many people have to pay for your favorite channels and don't watch them.
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#10 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

That's ok... many people have to pay for your favorite channels and don't watch them.


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

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

Fox will convert its motorsports channel Speed into Fox Sports 1. It will convert its extreme sports channel Fuel into Fox Sports 2, the person said, and would also offer subscribers the ability to get the channels on mobile devices.

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.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

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.




ESPN charges about $8 a month. Fox Sports will be about $1.60 for the both of their channels. That is quite a bargain!

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

ESPN charges about $8 a month.


That's the current guess.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

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

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

ESPN charges about $8 a month. Fox Sports will be about $1.60 for the both of their channels. That is quite a bargain!


ESPN isn't $8 a month. It's a little over $5 a month.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

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


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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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

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.


Bingo. ;)
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

ESPN isn't $8 a month. It's a little over $5 a month.


We have no idea how much it is.
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

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.


Like about $100 million for House of Cards?

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

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.

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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