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  1. #1
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    Speed possibly rebranding as a Fox branded channel

    Came across this article today, buried in it, it says that Speed may rebrand later down the road (not sure how soon) as a general sports channel.

    Is this better? Anyone think we'll lose access to it once it rebrands?

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    F1 and Speed channel splitting after this season

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The cable sports channel Speed will no longer air Formula One races after this season, ending a 17- year partnership.

    Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed Friday that the partnership will end after this season. The network indicated it was outbid for the U.S. broadcast rights.

    "It's disappointing to learn that F1 has elected to move forward with a different media partner," Fox Sports Media Group said in a statement to The Associated Press.

    F1 was in talks with NBC Sports Group for U.S. broadcast rights, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

    NBC Sports spokesman Chris McCloskey declined comment, as did F1's governing body, FIA, which noted that TV deals are handled by Formula One Management. The series is in South Korea this week for the Korean Grand Prix.

    "Speed has been the U.S. voice of F1 since the mid '90s, and it is a passion for many people at the network," the Fox Sports statement said. "Fox Sports Media Group made what we believed to be a fiscally responsible bid based on the sport's current viewership levels, but F1 has elected to go in another direction. We wish them well."

    It's not clear what NBC Sports would do with F1.

    NBC Sports Network currently broadcasts the bulk of the U.S-based IndyCar Series, and announced last month a deal with Robby Gordon to televise the inaugural season of his Stadium Super Trucks. Gordon inked a deal that gets 12 races televised seven of them on NBC. The television contract for IndyCar is split between ABC, which owns the network broadcast rights, and NBCSN, which only has the rights to air races on cable.

    The departure of F1 comes as Fox Sports moves closer to rebranding its motorsports network into a broad-based national sports network. Fox has not commented on the rebranded channel, expected to be called Fox Sports 1, but it is expected to be heavily utilized in the eight-year television contract announced earlier this month with Major League Baseball.

    Speed partnered with F1 in 1996 in the network's first full season on the air. Speed moved to live coverage in 1997, and has expanded to live coverage of qualifying and practice sessions of the most popular motorsports series in the world.

    Broadcasting from a studio in Charlotte, the booth of Bob Varsha, Steve Matchett and David Hobbs is considered by many fans to be the best in motorsports. The excitable trio breathes excitement into often single-file racing, and closely follows storylines and strategy despite being halfway around the world from most of the tracks.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...8ec8d63b11d91b

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    Hmm. There were stories that FUEL TV would become Fox's sports network. Maybe losing F1 has changed their plans.

    It could be interesting to see what the CRTC will do if Speed becomes a general interest sports network.

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    This has been a recurring rumour now for many months, apparently more based on speculation than anything Fox has actually said about future plans for SpeedTV or Fuel. Here is a story from March.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...ival-espn.html

    It was revived again in the last few days only because Speed/Fox was outbid by NBC/NBCSN for the US TV rights to Formula One racing starting in 2013.

    That's not to say it definitely won't happen, as it seems logical that Fox may want to have their own national US sports channel to compete with ABC/ESPN and NBC/NBCSN. And Speed has, in recent months, occasionally been showing some non-motor sports programming such as MMA, and in recent years much of their programming has been "reality" type shows that have little or nothing to do with motorsports. When we first starting getting Speedvision (as it was then called) in 1997 in Canada, it had space and aviation documentaries in addition to current and historic road racing programming. It became more reality and Nascar based after Fox bought it.

    They have also moved some non-Nascar racing to Speed2.com, an online authenticated video on demand service similar to ESPN3.com, which they have been promoting as "the future of motorsports entertainment".

    As for whether or not a format and name change would cause it to be yanked from Canadian BDUs, I'm not sure, but other US channels have done it and are still available here, such as Spike (formerly The Nashville Network). I would assume it could remain but be blacked out when it was showing something a Canadian channel has TV rights for in Canada, as happens now with Speed during live Formula One races and qualifying that are on TSN.
    Last edited by Donovan's Monkey; 10-16-2012 at 02:32 AM.

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    Now that Fox has lost the rights to the English Premier League, Fox Soccer could also become a general sports channel. Maybe there will be a Fox Sports 1 and 2.

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    For a Canadian angle on this, if Fox Soccer were to become a general sports channel they probably wouldn't want the Fox Soccer News which is produced by Rogers.

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    The 'bug' in the corner of the screen on Speed was changed to a Fox logo with a smaller Speed logo underneath it, but otherwise I still cannot find anything where anyone from Fox has said there will be a format change to a general sports channel -- just vague stories with some unnamed person allegedly with inside knowledge claiming it will happen in the third quarter of next year.

 

 

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