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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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#5 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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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.

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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.


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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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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

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.


You wouldn't be paying $5 for ESPN. Assuming it is $5/subscriber, the pricing model is based on all subscribers for the provider having the channels. If channels were sold al-a-carte, the price per channel would go up simply because there would be fewer subscribers buying them.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

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.


there so many crap stations that no one watches, like Style, Logo, VH1 Classic, OWN, food, cooking, they are forced to carry them because they are packaged with more popular channels and the big companies say All or Nothing.

I have about had it and in a couple of weeks I am canceling all of my cable and gettting Netflix instead. For news I will just go on Fox or CNN website for free.

Screw it. If you want to pay up the ying yang for hundreds of channels you never watch, good luck to you.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

there so many crap stations that no one watches, like Style, Logo, VH1 Classic, OWN, food, ...


No one huh? The Food Network does fairly well.

http://tvbythenumber...history/126036/

NEW YORK – March 26, 2012–Food Network delivers its highest-rated, most-watched quarter ever posting a .6 among adults 25-54 (up 20% from 2011) and was watched nightly by an average of 1.3 million total viewers (645k adults 25-54), making it ranked 9th * among ad-supported cable networks for the quarter, up two spots from 2011.

Style network started well...

http://www.thefutonc...rvZeGx62PQeC.99

The Style Network marked its best year ever becoming the fastest growing cable network in 2011, according to Nielsen.

But I get it... You don't watch it, so it's crap. :rolleyes:
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

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.

Daytime talk show host Regis Philbin is in talks to host a daily afternoon show with other hosts on Fox Sports 1, according to one of the sources, and could appear at the event.


Fox might make the right moves to unseat ESPN, but not with Regis. No disrespect, but 90% of ESPN viewers wouldn't be able to identify him unless maybe Who Wants To Be a Millionaire returns to prime time without Meredith Viera.

Fox might want some more firepower to take on Entertainment & Sports Programming Network!

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

there so many crap stations that no one watches, like Style, Logo, VH1 Classic, OWN, food, cooking, they are forced to carry them because they are packaged with more popular channels and the big companies say All or Nothing.

I have about had it and in a couple of weeks I am canceling all of my cable and gettting Netflix instead. For news I will just go on Fox or CNN website for free.

Screw it. If you want to pay up the ying yang for hundreds of channels you never watch, good luck to you.


There are many of us that wish Viacom would offer VH1C in HD. This can be found in the HD Anticipation thread. Besides, these channels add pennies to our cable bills (I don't watch the others listed either). The one that does add a lot to your bill is the ESPN suite.

I know Formula One is going to NBC Sports Net. I'm wondering what will become of the other non-NASCAR auto racing content once the change takes place.

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