Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Major Rate Increase Sought For FOX Sports 1

Sports Business Daily reported yesterday that FOX Networks will ask cable and satellite providers to pay 80 cents per month per subscriber for the newly rebranded Fox Sports 1, with carriage fees climbing to $1.50 monthly over the life of multi-year contracts.

Affiliates currently pay approximately 23 cents per month for SPEED. FOX has already inked a new deal with Comcast Cable, but major carriers Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have reportedly balked at the price increase.
Fox Sports 1 – formerly known as SPEED – will televise college football and basketball, NASCAR racing, UFC mixed martial arts events and sports news programs.

47 comments:

  1. Thought about this the other day. I am for pay-per-view racing. I know I will get a lot of crap for that, but I also never thought I would pay $17/month for Sirius/XM. I am tired of commercials every 3-4 minutes. We are ultimately paying for it anyway. I like knowing exactly what I am paying for in a product.

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    1. I'm with you on that. I don't have cable TV anymore, so I rely on "other" sources to see the races. I have a subscription to mlb.tv, and pay $120/year for baseball (with no commercials - but breaks). I'd be more than happy to pay to see the races via pay-per-view, if it meant fewer commercials.

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    2. I also am in favor for pay-per-view racing. I don't subscribe to cable TV, so I resort to "other" methods to watch the races that aren't on network TV. I spend $120/year to watch baseball games on mlb.tv, so I'd have no problem doing this for NASCAR.

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    3. PPV Cup racing has been tried and did not work very well.

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  2. Great. I am going to get less of the coverage I actually want to watch and it will (in the end) cost me more.

    Wonder how much we will miss while the carriers "negotiate"??

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  3. Stick and Ball sports have enough coverage. Speed was great for years til they started with alternate BS Programming and took away shows such as IWC, Later INC to mix up a format and a group of guys we all knew from the track BSing and providing insight in to the races. Knew they were in trouble when the "New" producer came in. That show actually got my wife to paying attention to the races and urged me to buy a camper so we could start going to races together and do the camping thing.

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  4. That's a hefty increase for sure. Wonder what the carriers will do --- oh wait...pass the cost on to us subscribers. So how long til NASCAR is only on Pay-per-View?

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  5. Anonymous12:15 PM

    We are gouged enough for cable as it is, now these pigs think we should pay an additional 9.60 a year over what we pay for the same content we received before? And they don't charge for their loathsome news channel?

    Chase the fans away, a perfect recipe for disaster.

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  6. Anonymous12:55 PM

    Fox Sports 1 is no different than the Federal Gov't. We get screwed over when we get the money and we get screwed over when we give the money. Thanks Fox for taking Speed away and giving us more football and basketball, us race fans don't stand a chance!

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  7. Unfortunately spending more for cable is not an option for my family right now. It breaks my heart to see Speed go by the wayside. I guess my 2 year old daughter will only get to watch, "go, go, go" with Mommy when it's on the channels we already have. My greatest fear is that this is going to hurt the sport...sponsorship is already down...what happens if viewership drops even more?

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  8. Anonymous1:39 PM

    Pretty soon I won't be able to afford FOX Sports 1 or won't be able to get it because cable dropped it. THANKS FOX FOR SCREWING UP SPEED.

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    1. Anonymous9:49 AM

      Here!here!!

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    2. Anonymous4:52 PM

      yeap the good car stuff getting the broom

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    3. Anonymous3:56 PM

      Yep, if I want to watch the stick and ball sports I'll tune into ESPN, I want racing on Speed!

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  9. Anonymous2:08 PM

    There is no way I will pay a penny more to watch Larry Mcreynolds, Kyle Petty, and Rutledge. I will be just fine without them. They ought to pay me for watching them.

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  10. network television has already tried more than once to tax OTA broadcasts, this just confirms what most of us already knew. I know speed wasnt ota, but it's still greed. I have already begun alternative ways to watch racing, nascar app on ipad and such, using the listen live thingy on both prn and mrn with the sound muted, providers are going to lose big in the long run, in part because they claim to be doing whats in the best interest of their subs, this will of course turn people against bad ol fox, maybe thats a good thing and maybe not, but I believe NASCAR has to have more control over how their content gets distributed, that will drive viewership down.

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  11. Anonymous4:55 PM

    I've been seriously thinking about cutting cable. Just more reason to do so.

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  12. I already pay almost $140/month for Dish, $160/month for SiriusXM (including online), and $5/month for Nascar Raceview. I think TV, radio and internet get enoug of my entertainment dollars.

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  13. Anonymous5:59 AM

    NA$CRAP !!

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  14. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Fox is just going to help bring the death of Nascar even quicker.T.V ratings are dropping like a rock and attendance at tracks is going down. If they get this hike ,Brian France might just as well shut down Nascar because people are going to be fed up with less racing and higher fees to watch less racing along with higher ticket prices to see a race in person.A match made in Hell: Fox T.V. and Brian France. R.I.P. NA$CAR!!!

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    1. Actually NH rating INCREASED for the second straight year.

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  15. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Don't watch other sports, only want racing mainly Nascar on Speed/Fox1.

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  16. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Only watch speed for Nascar, not other sports, remember the FX fiasco.

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  17. Anonymous9:47 AM

    Dear Fox - not at all interested in your basketball,baseball,soccer etc. Thanks a lot for screwing us race fans!! Will miss SPEED, the best racing channel ever. Every time you advertise this stupid ridiculously expensive channel I give you the ?? thumbs down!!

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  18. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Who wants to watch 18 straight hours of Barrett-Jackson auto sales anyway!

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    1. Anonymous2:32 PM

      Me! I love Barret Jackson, nascar, all kinds of racing
      Fox 1 can blow off for all I care! We need a new RACE CHANNEL.....

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  19. Comcast already dropped the channel out of my current Tier months ago so i stopped getting Speed unless i change packages (Speed was the only reason i got the tier i have in the first place) was intrigued I didn't see anyone else complaining about the issue...but I had effectively stopped watching Speed anyway...the shoulder programming really wasn't that interesting anymore.

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  20. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Add me to the list of people who will cut the cord on my cable rather than pay more. I would be willing to pay per view for NASCAR content, if it was without commercials AND if it would allow me to see the entire race/through the field and w/o waltrips, wallaces or other ridiculous nonsense.

    The current NASCAR tv efforts whether they are produced by Fox, TNT or ESPN are not worth the money I am currently paying. I can drop down a tier, still keep my high speed internet and just follow the races on my computer. That's what I've had to do for the past couple of years anyway.

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  21. Not going to pay it, they should pay me for watching more commercials than racing. I personally would rather have pay per view, watch the races i want without commercial interruption. I would pay extra for a DW and Boogity Boogity Boogity delete button.

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  22. Anonymous11:07 AM

    Now Marcus Lemonis is wondering if they should continue to sponsor the truck series because SPEED is going away. THANKS A LOT FOX FOR SCREWING EVERYTHING UP! This whole deal sucks!!

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  23. Anonymous12:54 PM

    There is nothing good for the consumer in this. They will go off the air while they argue prices. A nearly 300% increase is outlandlish. I have already decided just from the promos that I am going to like it less than Speed. I reconsider a little bit. Less of the DW,MW, Toyota commercial and Boogity will be good.

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  24. With all the Fines and Lawsuits Rupert Murdoch has faced recently for their "News Gathering" misconduct he needs to do something to increase revenues and profit. It comes at the expense of the viewers/subscribers.

    I truly hope that Camping World makes a statement by not renewing their title sponsorship of the truck series. While I think it will be harmful to the series it might be the wake up call Brian France and NASCAR need. This is the only things the sanctioning body understands, "Loss Of Revenue". Perhaps the France family and NASCAR will realize they will not get Title Sponsorship and Viewers when they allow their TV partners to rape those fans/viewers.

    Marcus (Lemonis) understands that this will most likely translate into lower viewership and equates to reduced exposure. This is why he has made the statements he made recently about renewing sponsorship of the Truck Series.

    Eventually, most likely sooner then later, I believe all racing related programming on the new "FS1" will be relegated to time slots where most of us are staring at the inside of our eyelids rather then a video screen and we will be required to carry the additional DVR package/fees to watch anything racing related.

    I am dropping Speed on or before the transition date, I will miss the NASCAR programming but I will not pay for programming I do not watch when it is free (other sports). I have stopped visiting ESPN's site due to the FB only comments system, there are other alternatives out there I am sure I can find some for Speed also.

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  25. Anonymous1:41 PM

    I thought Fox Sports 1 was supposed to be a non premium 1st tier sports channel(BASIC) rather than a 3rd tier channel that you must purchase in a bundle after ESPN instead it seems Fox is treating this like this HBO. So it seems to me they are asking the subscribers to pay more for less motorsports and an overload of stick and ball round ball etc.
    Fox needs to rethink this option in the end viewership will decline. If they don't think so they are sadly mistaken. Nascar fans don't like being bent over so to speak.

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  26. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Currently, am paying $10.00/mo. premium witth Verizon/FIOS for my Speed channel viewing. When Fox Sport 1 comes on-line, will I be able to continue my enjoyment????

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  27. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Paying for cable channels is crazy....When cable first became popular there were no commercials. ESPN was non stop sports of all kinds, COMMERCIAL FREE! That was the whole sales deal, pay for tv because it's commercial free. Can someone honestly say that ESPN or SPEED has less commercials than -over the air tv has.
    This is no different than everything else that is happening in this country.....nothing will change unless we do something!

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  28. Anonymous3:11 PM

    I wouldn't pay extra for this garbage. Fox destroyed Speed. The ONLY reason I now watch that channel is for Grand-Am Rolex and Le Mans 24 Hr. racing. I'm assuming that will go away. If not, and it's an added cost next year, I'll be lost as a viewer for good.

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  29. Anonymous5:03 PM

    To the 1:41PM poster....

    I have Time Warner as a cable subscriber and Speed TV for me is something that you do not have to pay extra for if you buy Digital TV.

    Fuel TV though is a totally different story as I have to pay extra to get that network. That is supposed to change over to Fox Sports 2.

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    1. Anonymous10:52 AM

      I already avoid ESPN because of the nauseating, repetitive stick and ball coverage. Also, I mute all NASCAR races because of the announcers and tune in the radio. Speed was one of the only places left for car guys and girls. Thanks FOX ! Will not be watching FOX 1.

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  30. Anonymous7:35 PM

    THANK GOD FOR MRN!

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  31. Anonymous8:09 PM

    well now i will have to go to my local short tracks (Stafford Thompson Waterford) more often now it world be cheaper then to pay for an upgraded package

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  32. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Sounds like Na$car too. Viewers, tickets decline. Answer: tear out the seats & tell the idiots everything is premium, so it costs more!! I may be dumb, but not quite that bad. Maybe this is the way to get rid of the waltrips & the 3 stooges attempted remake??

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  33. Anonymous9:10 AM

    Fox you need you ass kicked for messing with the racers who HAD one channel that we could watch WITHOUT all that stick & ball crap! I DON'T WANT THAT GARBAGE! Look at how ESPN is now. Very sad that Fox had to KILL one channel that we would watch of theirs. I hope you're happy Fox, cause we aren't!!!

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  34. Anonymous9:24 PM

    And the regular group of Fox NASCAR talking heads (Boogity) are Tweeting about how they're SOOO looking forward to Fox 1. Selfish at the expense pf the NASCAR fans.

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  35. What no mention of today's revelation that NBC would be replacing ESPN for the second half of the Nationwide and Cup series in 2015?

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    1. Look at the top of the page...

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  36. Anonymous2:09 PM

    So the new Fox Sports Network coverage of races will be no different than the ESPN BS where we have to endure 30 minute over-runs to play the last 10 seconds of a basketball game...gee thanks

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  37. Anonymous8:07 PM

    Sorry to hear SPEED is going away. Funny how they failed to mention that. I too will not pay more for follow the leader racing. NASCAR has been in a downward spiral for a long time but then again Brian France dictates instead of listening to drivers and fans. Sure will miss the good races (Bristol,Talledega,Daytona) but so be it. RIP SPEED!!!!

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