Fox Sports has today announced the launch of a new seven High Definition channel line-up from Monday, November 3, as the organisation reorganises itself in the face of new competition.
Under the changes the broadcaster will launch two new channels, Fox Sports Four & Fox Sports Five. The Fox Sports News channel, a service previously only available in SD will now also be available in HD.
While the news is good for most sports fans, motor sports enthusiasts will be disappointed with the closure of the dedicated motoring channel Speed. The youth oriented action channel Fuel will also be closed as a result of the changes. Both channels have failed to consistent audiences and have recently been closed overseas.
The service upgrade comes at a time when Fox Sports is facing increased competition. Free To Air networks have shown an increased willingness to bid big for sports rights, and as previously reported a BeIn Sports will launch in Australia in 2015.
With over 10,500 hours of live sport from at home and around the world in 2015 - including the AFC Asian Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup, the IRB Rugby World Cup, and more than 1,300 hours of live motorsport action on the calendar including every Championship Race of the V8 Supercars - Fox Sports is promising to break records for the number of hours of live sports content including.
AFC Asian Cup: every match LIVE – 32 games
ICC Cricket World Cup: every match LIVE – 49 games
V8 Supercars – every practice, qualifying, Championship race LIVE
NRL Telstra Premiership: every game of every round of the Premiership Season (5 LIVE)
Toyota AFL Premiership Season: every game of the Premiership Season LIVE Hyundai A-League: every match LIVE – 140 games
Barclays Premier League: the only place to see every match – 380 games Asteron Life Super Rugby: every match LIVE – 125 games
The Castrol Edge Rugby Championship: every match LIVE
IRB Rugby World Cup: every match LIVE – 48 games
From Monday, November 3, the FUEL TV and SPEED channels will be become fully- fledged FOX SPORTS branded channels - FOX SPORTS 4 and FOX SPORTS 5 - both available in High Definition to deliver fans more live, premium sport in HD than ever before.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “2015 will be the best year ever on Fox Sports, with more hours of live, premium sport than we’ve ever had.
“To celebrate this new era and deliver fans sport the way it should be - Live and in High Definition - we are updating our channel line-up to include two new High Definition FOX SPORTS channels. The inclusion of FOX SPORTS 4 and FOX SPORTS 5 in our channel offering means fans can enjoy more of their favourite sports Live and in High Definition.
“All our premium sport will be consecutively listed in the Foxtel guide and all will be recordable in HD. An added benefit will be new capacity to add even more enhancements using our innovative RED button feature,” he concluded.
Fox Sports has been a world leader in enhancing broadcasts with extra vision and statistics using the RED button feature for the past 10 years. The changes to the channel line-up will free RED button capacity, enabling Fox Sportsto take enhancement of events to another level next year - right across its wide-ranging, premium sports offering. Feature holes and features groups across all PGA Tour events and golf majors, an option to choose your own commentary team and simultaneous live feeds of V8 Supercars are just some of the innovative enhancements on offer on Fox Sports in 2015.
The amped-up RED button feature will be further liberated by broadband with Foxtel’s revolutionary iQ3, which will customise the TV experience seamlessly merging satellite with broadband.
With no such thing as an off-season on Fox Sports, fans will have the choice of 24 entertainment shows between play each week, hosted by the most loved personalities in sport.
The two new Fox Sports channels, FOX SPORTS 4 and FOX SPORTS 5, will also be available across Foxtel Play and Foxtel on Telstra T-Box, as well as on the go via Foxtel Go alongside the other FOX SPORTS channels.
From Monday, November 3, 2014, Fox Sports’ new channel line-up will include six FOX SPORTS branded channels (FOX SPORTS 1, FOX SPORTS 2, FOX SPORTS 3, FOX SPORTS 4, FOX SPORTS 5 and FOX SPORTS News) plus FOX FOOTY.
As well as all seven channels being available in High Definition, the new Fox Sports channel line-up will be easier for fans to find in the EPG and all LIVE sport on the channels will be recordable.