Fox Sports 1 Signs Up DIRECTV, Dish & Time Warner Cable
Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2013) - Fox Sports 1 has signed carriage agreements with DIRECTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable, reports The Los Angeles Times. The three major pay TV providers will carry the channel when it launches on Saturday, August 17.
The channel intends to be a serious competitor to ESPN for the crown of top national sports network. The channel will feature many of the Fox Network's top talent, including Erin Andrews, and it will begin airing regular season and playoff MLB games in 2014. Fox executives say they hope to add NFL games at some point.
The Times writes that the deals with the three TV providers cited above means that Fox Sports 1 will be available in the majority of pay TV homes at launch. Fox earlier cut deals with Comcast, Verizon, Cablevision Cox, Charter, AT&T and Suddenlink.
The newspaper adds that the agreements with DIRECTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable are good as done but final details still need to be worked out. Sports Business Journal is also reporting that Bright House Networks will carry the channel as well.
The terms of the contract are unknown at this time; it's also unclear which program packages the TV providers will include Fox Sports 1. More details to come.
See our earlier coverage of this issue below.
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Who Will Carry Fox Sports 1?
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Q. I am very excited about watching Fox Sports 1 when it launches this weekend, but who will carry it. Has DIRECTV signed up yet? Darrell, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Darrell, Fox Sports 1, which debuts on August 17, intends to be a serious competitor to ESPN for the crown of top national sports network. The channel will feature many of the Fox Network's top talent, including Erin Andrews, and it will begin airing regular season and playoff MLB games in 2014. Fox executives say they hope to add NFL games at some point.
But in this day of contentious programming talks, getting the network to the viewers is another matter. According to Advertising Age, Comcast, Verizon, Cablevision Cox, Charter, AT&T and Suddenlink have all signed up to carry the channel.
But as of this writing, DIRECTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are still in talks with Fox Sports 1 and it's unclear if any deals will be struck before Saturday.
The TV providers cited in the paragraph above are among the most vocal in saying programming is getting too costly, particularly sports programming.
Time Warner Cable, for instance, is now involved in fee fights with CBS and Journal Broadcasting while DIRECTV has balked at carrying the Pac 12 Network and CSN Houston.
And Dish doesn't even carry a single regional sports channel in the New York area.
So the best I can say at this point is stay tuned and keep reading TVPredictions.com. We will have updates as they develop on Fox Sports 1 and who will carry it.
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