For months, the worst kept secret in sports broadcasting has been the launch of Fox Sports 2 aside Fox Sports 1 on August 17th. Fox Sports has already announced the rebranding of Speed Channel into Fox Sports 1 and the promotional campaign is in overdrive just 9 days ahead of the launch. However, little has been said about Fox Sports 2. It has long been reported that Fuel TV will be rebranded as FS2, yet there's been nothing in terms of official announcements or confirmation coming from the folks in Los Angeles.
There have been a couple revelations about Fox Sports 2 being a reality, though. The most notable is a UFC announcement regarding a Fight Night card in Manchester, England airing October 26th on FS2. Also, as World Soccer Talk unearthed, a Q&A on FoxSoccer.com reveals Fox Sports 2 as, "an extension of FOX Sports 1 that features live coverage of sporting events and connects with fans through entertaining studio shows and original programming."
But the clearest sign of all of Fuel's rebranding as Fox Sports 2 actually comes on the Fuel TV website. There we finally find confirmation that the channel will become Fox Sports 2 on August 17th, the day Fox Sports 1 also launches:
The promo says Fox Sports 2 will be home to various UFC shoulder programming in addition to some live fights. Also, the link leads to another Q&A similar to the one on Fox Soccer's website, but dealing more with Fuel TV programming. Regarding the upcoming FS2 schedule, it's revealed: "You’ll see a variety of programs that ran on FUEL TV carry over to FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, including the Red Bull X-Fighters World Freestyle Motocross Tour, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, and more."
Additionally, the Fuel TV online schedule ends August 17th in the wee hours of the morning. Speed Channel officially becomes Fox Sports 1 at 6 AM ET August 17th and it looks like that's when Fuel will make the switch to Fox Sports 2 as well.
We can finally stop the speculation. Fuel TV is becoming Fox Sports 2. It just so happens that in lieu of an official announcement, Fox has confirmed it places you have to search to find.
UPDATE (5:30 PM ET): Fuel TV's Twitter page has now made the Fox Sports 2 rebrand official as well.
we want speed channel back!! we love auto racing and auto shows and will be lost without it....gearheads don't need fighting and soccer etc just more automotive type shows!!
I am thinking of asking my cable company to drop both FS1 and FS2. We already have a Fox Sports channel and we do not need 4 of them. There was only 1 channel for auto racing and that was SPEED. I want SPEED channel back. As for Fuel tv? It was meant to be for other types of sports that are not being shown on other channels. Not, both unique channels have become too many sports channels. It has become overkill. who wants UFC? I don't. Too many channels already show that junk.
About 4 years ago Fuel TV was just a regular digital channel on my Time Warner cable lineup then they moved it to the sports tier along with ESPN Classic. I never watched it because it was just snowboarding shows and things like that but if they actually start putting sports on there I would be interested in it. Just don't want to pay anymore for my cable bill so the 10 dollars a month sports tier is out of the question.
Apparently Fox executives also let the cat out of the bag during a conference call yesterday: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/494986-Fox_Targeting_FS1_to_Be_Profitable_By_2016.php?rssid=20065
Looking ahead on the FUEL/ FS2 schedule, they will be moving some games over from Fox Soccer Plus to Fox Sports 2. The night of the transition they have an Australian Rules Football match scheduled on FS2. They also have some of the practices SPEED used to carry on FS2, and they have UEFA Champions matches scheduled on FS2. Likely they will simulcast some matches on Fox Soccer Plus and FS2.
I have Comcast Xfinity I live in West Orange New Jersey and we know that SPEED Channel will be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 and when I contacted Comcast yesterday and I know Comcast in my area dosen't have FOX Sports 2 they said we will let you know when we will be getting Fox Sports 2
Annoying, it looks like a lot of Comcast areas (including mine) still haven't added Fuel/FS2 despite the February announcement. And if on my call to customer service the other day is any indication, they don't seem to have any idea when it will be added.
Just a few more notes on this:
Fuel TV is currently in about 37M homes. If your home is one of them, the channel gets $0.16/mo. from your cable bill every month. That ads up to about $71M/year from cable customers, which doesn't quite cover Fox's UFC deal ($90M/year), but certainly covers Fox's Big East deal ($41.6M/year).
Of course, Fox is going to push for FS2 to get into as many of the 90M homes they want FS1 to be in. I wonder if THAT is the sticking point in the stalled negotiations with Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Dish Network. Would be a joke if FS2 launched on TWC without FS1.
@DavidStroud1 Fox Sports is the exclusive holder of UFC rights, so no, not many channels show UFC. You may be confusing it with Mixed Martial Arts, but even then only SPIKE (Bellator), AXS (4 or 5 groups), and ESPN Deportes (Jungle Fighting) carry it.
And I see no reason why you should be complaining. All the games that were on Fox Soccer have moved to Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and Fox Soccer Plus. FUEL was going to waste as the only live sports it aired were Lucas Oil Pro Motocross races. SPEED had virtually nothing but practice times once Fox's racing season ended. And most of SPEED exclusive content will still be held over on Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2. All they've done is do away with reruns occurring 3 to 4 times a day and instead gone to fresh content throughout the day.
As for saying "We don't need 4 or 5 Fox Sports channels," look at ESPN. Last time I checked ESPN had ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, and soon SEC Network. They also provide the coverage for sports on ABC. This isn't much different than FSN, Fox College Sports (3 channels), Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox, and Fox Soccer Plus.
@bigjohn33 I think you mean Fox Sports Tres.
@whatupay4sports I live in New York and have Time Warner Cable. I currently get Fuel TV as one of the channel in the TWC Sports Pass for $ 10.00 a month. It could happen, TWC customer getting FS2 without get FS1.
The sticking point for TWC could be Speed get $ 0.23/mo while Fox is asking for 0.80/mo to carry FS1. That a $ 0.57/mo increase.
@BrandonFranz It is a replay of the live weigh-in in Boston. The actually live weigh in in Boston is on Friday August 16 at 4:00 p.m.
@DanielOrmsby @DavidStroud1 That is the point. It is overkill of sports channels on tv. Fox also use FX and their regular Fox Channel to show sports on them, mostly college football, baseball and auto racing. But, Speed could have not been wasted because there are so many different forms of racing. Speed boating, World of Outlaws, ARCA, American Speed Association, USAC, many other dirt sprint car organizations, off road racing, demolation derbies and so much more that they do not show all the races. They only show a certain few. There was not shortage of auto racing programming out there that they could have expand on.
Figured it had to be earlier in the day. That was the most distressing thing, being listed as live. haha
@DavidStroud1 your post shows how little you know about how money is made in the cable tv business. what i mean is that i for one am glad that network presidents aren't using your opinions to operate their business.
@DanielOrmsby @DavidStroud1 Who cares about Soccer? We never had Fox Soccer. Second? Who cares about cage fighting? It is not a sport. to me. Third, we do not get Longhorn Network, nor do we have the SEC network. What I mean is that we have Fox Sports Southwest. We did not need another 2 sports channels. They could used that instead of destroying Speed and Fuel TV. What i mean is that we do not need so many channels showing sports all the time. I mean look at all the channels combined? It is overkill, and it is gonna price people out of having cable but basic. I wish we can do away ESPN News since do we really need it when you have Sports Center? ESPN Classic have been around for a long time. Then you get the NFL network, the Soccer channel which I wish my local cable just drop it. We dropped the tennis channel. The problem is that these people should never changed something that was not broken. I rather watch Speed Channel than all the junk that Fox Sports 1 is showing.
Actually, since FS1 and 2 used to be Speed and Fuel, the number of cable channels Fox is showing sports on has gone down from 4 to 2. By consolidating the most popular sports on those two channels, they get to charge more money for them and drive more eyeballs to them, creating a single destination for a wide variety of programming and attracting eyeballs to the rest of the network.
@DavidStroud1 Sorry, but you need to get your facts straight. They don't use FX anymore. They moved all sports on FX to Fox Sports 1. They moved all sports that were on Fox Soccer to Fox Sports 1 and 2. They got rid of sports on 2 channels and put them on 2 different channels- Fox Sports 1 & 2. So no, there's not any difference in the amount of channels they are showing sports on as before. Instead they are showing more sports on those 2 channels, which really is the smarter move.
@BrandonFranz The people who update their website do not change the graphic on the site