Four days until launch and Fox is still negotiating carriage with three major cable and satellite providers for Fox Sports 1. As it stands now, DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable remain the lone holdouts to pick up FS1 in time for its big launch on Saturday. If the stalemate holds past this weekend, it means that 47 million homes across the country won't have access to the new cable sports network.
Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reports that as of today, AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS have signed up to carry Fox Sports 1. That amounts to 45 million homes. Back in July, we told you that Fox was having trouble in gaining carriage and one month later, that is still the case. When the network was officially announced back in March, Fox boasted that the network would be available in 90 million homes, but right now, it hasn't even hit 50 million. Unless something drastic happens this week, Fox will be way short of its goal.
As with the CBS/Time Warner Cable dispute, this whole issue is about money. Fox wants to charge 80 cents per subscriber at the outset with the cost eventually rising to $1.50. The channel which Fox Sports 1 is replacing, Speed, cost the cable and satellite providers 23 cents per subscriber. So you can see the providers are balking at the price increase. And while the talks between Fox and the three holdouts are ongoing, there's little hope that an agreement will be reached in time.
The three remaining holdouts have been stubborn over certain sports networks and have been willing to keep them off their systems for extended periods. In DirecTV's case, it's going into its second year of its dispute with Pac-12 Networks. And Time Warner and CBS are going into their second week in their fight.
Can the stalemate be broken in time? There's a possibility, but if recent history is any indication, subscribers to DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner may have to wait a while before they're able to see Fox Sports 1 on their televisions.
Subscriber should have been polled. We have discussed reducing our Channels with AT&T unvers. My husband watched SPEED every eve.
The subscribers should have been polled. May have to reduce channels as we watched the SPEED channel every evening for the most part.
I watched SPEED TV every day. Did providers not think about subscribers preferences. FS1 sucks !!!!!!
The free Fox Soccer Channel was the best and most prevalent way to continue to introduce, promote and grow the culture of the sport into the American Sports Market. Personally, these corporate revenue initiatives the media outlets make, illuminate just how much they don't understand the diversity and interest that exist in the marketplace for soccer. This being the 21st century, this country's sports fans are interested in more than just NFL Sunday, MLB, NCAA and Nascar.
Curious to see if their analytics will reinforce the point that maneuvers like this disappoint fans of a sport that is as old, if not older than, Baseball and comes with a higher amount of loyalty and team pride.
my husband and I watched speed channel on our TV with cable only almost every night. we only watch racing. Now the new fox sports channel has mostly football. we are not interested in football. I tried to find a program list for the new channel to see when nascar news was on but i could not find one. dont you care about all the people that are fans of nascar.
Wtf. This is bs. I whant it back no more pinks or pastime. Or auto auctions no I have to find a new service I'm done with AT&T
What a PILE OF SH--. Fox Sports just Bullies their way into speed and then forces us to LOOOSSSEEE a ton of Favorite Speed Channel programs. Hugh What they Just Vanished into thin air ? What Is Going ON HERE
I have Comcast Xfinity and the sports package with them. I looked for the Foxsports one channel but can't find it. Can anybody tell me what channel foxxports one is on?
Can any soccer fans help me? (I have dish) who has premier league and ucl rights this year? Will i be able to the milan psv game on the 20th?
Ok, I'm not understanding what's going on. Direct and dish and others have come to an agreement now but I still don't understand.since I already have speed does that mean I get Fox sports 1 or do I have to call direct and have them change it for me? I'm sorry but this is the only place it seemed like people actually know what they are talking about. Really appreciate any help I get.
I think this will get resolve, this will put FS1 behind the 8 ball right away. Plus, Time Warner can't afford more bad PR. Someone will have to cave.
Why don't they air ALL Fox sports programming on the new channels? From what I have seen they will have, it's nothing I would have to watch live on their networks. Fox lost F1, Premier League, & no MLB on FS1 for a year and a half yet...wow. No big loss to me if they aren't carried by DirecTV this weekend.
What gets me is that Fox has stated they do not think the channel will turn a profit until 2015 or 2016, yet they are having a big holdout at the on set. Keep the SPEED pricing and put out a good product then you will have leverage to get your price up to where you want it during renegotiation.
I have time Warner cable and this is not good news for me..I hope they get a deal done or else I'm gonna miss out on a lot of college Football and basketball this year. get the deal done already.
Fox has handled this really poorly, in my opinion. First they said they would launch in 90 million homes and told cable operators they would honor existing Speed contracts. Then they reversed course and began insisting on a huge rate hike for FS1. Now they haven't said a damn thing about the possibility you might not see FS1 on launch and as recently as last week said on a conference call they're still confident FS1 will launch in 90 million homes, which means they're either delusional, wishful thinking to avoid the PR hit of having half the audience they promised, really confident they can get deals done by August 17, or have something up their sleeves we don't know about. At the soonest, they aren't going to be asking customers of those companies to start bugging them until this Friday's preseason game, less than twelve hours before launch, and even people who are getting it might not know where to find it until then, especially if they've never watched Speed; on-screen program guides for companies known to be carrying FS1 still have the non-FS1 Speed schedule. Which could mean customers of those companies won't get to see a PPV-caliber UFC card or Fox Sports Live on launch.
I am already disappointed that Directv and the Pac 12 network don't have an agreement and this would be another disappointment. I have been looking forward to FS1 especially the UFC event. Unfortunately, I am a loyal Directv subscriber and will not change providers because of this
Don't really need FS1, especially on day one. The lineup for their launch weekend is awful - nothing but college football preseason studio shows, NASCAR practice, and UFC. With so many properties, you'd expect more. Live sports is what matters, especially when rights holders spend so much money.
I'll be tuned to NBCSN for Premier League coverage and think it's going to make a splash.
If this doesn't get resolved somebody at Fox should get fired. I have Direct TV and I am sure I will quickly forget about Fox Sports 1. I already had to check to see where Speed was and who knows how long term damaging this will be if they fail to get on these networks.
And so THIS begins. You know why they killed Fox Soccer? On the one hand, it's not necessary anymore with how much sports networks are going after soccer these days; the Premier League is on NBCSN, the Champions League on FS1. On the other hand, the biggest if not only actual league Fox has the rights to right now is the Scottish League... a couple years after Rangers entered administration and were forcibly relegated several levels, thus taking away the only reason you would ever want the Scottish League rights to begin with. Did I mention that we have beIN Sport now?
@PetePjJohnson I have it on 408.
The Premier League is moving to NBCSN and its sister networks, while the Champions League is still with Fox; Milan-PSV will be on Fox Sports 1.
@Jakecornett12 fox sports 1 is replacing speed, which means that if Direct TV gets things sorted out with Fox by Saturday speed will automatically be replaced by fox sports 1 either way though speed channel will cease to exist come Saturday,
luckily i have Comcast but hopefully the other providers will get a deal worked out as well, but if Direct TV insists on being greedy i would suggest switching to somebody like Comcast if they are available in your area
@brmahoney Keeping the same price as speed and waiting for 'leverage' is ridiculous. They WILL have higher numbers than speed, there is no doubt about that, all the big carriers (and small) know that FS1 will cost more per sub.
The 3 that haven't signed are holding out to hopefully not have to pay as much, as anyone would in business when your big enough to hold out. No one is really in the wrong here, fox are asking for more money to bring in more viewers, which is correct, and the carriers want to bring that price down, its call negotiation dum dums. You wouldn't buy a car off a dealer for the listed price would you? No you would negotiate.
And either way, from what I hear even if these deals don't get done in time (they will get done at some point), the event is gonna be screened on Speed anyway as the carries that don't sign will still have speed. So
@brmahoney I agree, FOX says it is suppose to compete with ESPN, but who can say for sure. ESPN has a ton of broadcasting rights and what does FOX have besides the NFL. There are a couple of college football games I was looking forward to watching, but if they don't come to terms I certainly don't care. Anymore whenever I hear people squabbling over millions it makes me sick to my stomach. Aliens need to do us all a favor and blowup all the satellites...well except for the ones forecasting weather. I like to know what to wear for the day, ha!
Translation: You're either a sucker, a glutton for punishment, not that much of a sports fan, or you really, really want to keep getting Sunday Ticket.
Yeah well as a huge MMA fan I will be very disappointed if I can't watch the stacked UFC card this Saturday.
@seisto That may be true, but aren't you afraid you will forget FS1 and then never check it out. At least that is my concern. And yes I am getting into the Premier League on NBCSN, pretty excited for that.
@scoknuts Someone at Fox should get fired? Because Direct TV don't want to pay extra, even though the channel will be bringing much more viewers than speed ever did, therefore high viewers means a much larger advertisement income, which is the reason it costs more per subscriber.
Does fox soccer have any rights at all anymore? Is there any channel primarily for soccer than beIn?
That is a lame answer. I stayed with DirecTV even without VS through an NHL season. No matter what provider you have there will come some point in time when something you want is missing in a dispute.
FS1 executives have said it'll take a few years for people to decide to drop in on it. Clearly they don't think "forgetting about it" is a problem.
Fox Soccer isn't going to exist as its own channel by the end of the month. There's still Fox Soccer Plus and GolTV (for now).
At least I can watch Tennis Channel and could have watched NFLN if I had the sports package at the time. And with CSN Houston, Comcast is on the network side of the dispute; Comcast customers are on the good end of that.
DirecTV and TWC have proven themselves far more likely to have disputes than anyone else, though, and multiple disputes at the same time. I have Comcast and Fuel/FS2 is the only thing I'm missing, and I can't even remember the last time Comcast had a dispute with anyone.