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Originally Posted by commodore_dude View Post

Wow, they're taking their CL coverage seriously! Now we just need FX HD on Dish... hopefully whenever they get around to negotiating that and Speed HD they'll go ahead and throw in FSC HD...

I've been trying to find out if Dish is ever going to get FX HD... Someone told me yesterday that it was being added this Spring. Was he mistaken? I worry about us (Dish Network) not getting FSC HD too.
post #152 of 304
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First time I've seen FX used for sporting events.

FX has shown playoff baseball games in the past.
post #153 of 304
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http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0...p-to-its-name/





First time I've seen FX used for sporting events.

FX used to have Nascar races too
post #154 of 304
All World Cup games in HD in 2010....

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post16226382
post #155 of 304
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All World Cup games in HD in 2010....

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post16226382

World Cup in all HD is not new, but Univision doing the World Cup in all HD is absolutely new!

I'm pretty sure all the games in 2006 were in HD, spread across ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. In fact I remember that being the big reason that I fought with Comcast to try and get ESPN2HD, which they had been dragging their feet on for a while. To their credit, I got the channel the day before the games began.
post #156 of 304
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I'm pretty sure all the games in 2006 were in HD, spread across ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. In fact I remember that being the big reason that I fought with Comcast to try and get ESPN2HD, which they had been dragging their feet on for a while. To their credit, I got the channel the day before the games began.

I had DirecTV at the time (I believe), and they were late on adding ESPN2 in HD for the 2006 World Cup. The first USA game was on ESPN2 and we had to watch it in SD (the horror!). Fortunately they added the HD channel a few days later.
post #157 of 304
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I've been trying to find out if Dish is ever going to get FX HD... Someone told me yesterday that it was being added this Spring. Was he mistaken? I worry about us (Dish Network) not getting FSC HD too.

The Fox networks contract is up this summer, so theory is that we'll see the HD versions when it's renewed (although the track record for HD showing up this year is not good so far...)
post #158 of 304
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Originally Posted by Flambe View Post

I had DirecTV at the time (I believe), and they were late on adding ESPN2 in HD for the 2006 World Cup. The first USA game was on ESPN2 and we had to watch it in SD (the horror!). Fortunately they added the HD channel a few days later.

Directv has had ESPN2HD since Sept 2005.
post #159 of 304
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Directv has had ESPN2HD since Sept 2005.

Yeah, DirecTV was one of the first, if not the first to have ESPN2HD. They had the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final in HD, then the 2007 was back in SD. Last years final was HD again and it is expected to be in HD again this year.
post #160 of 304
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Directv has had ESPN2HD since Sept 2005.

Ah, maybe I had VOOM at the time. Whomever it was, they didn't add ESPN2 in HD until a few days into the World Cup.
post #161 of 304
This past monday on Fox Football Fone-in, they had an exec of programming, i think, as a guest. And he stated that they will be launching FSC in HD by the end of the year. So lets hope that it might be sooner, just not later .
post #162 of 304
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Originally Posted by Midnight55 View Post

This past monday on Fox Football Fone-in, they had an exec of programming, i think, as a guest. And he stated that they will be launching FSC in HD by the end of the year. So lets hope that it might be sooner, just not later .

That would be great. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for some HD broadcasts of next season's EPL and Champions League games on FSC after all!
post #163 of 304
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Originally Posted by Hormoz View Post

That would be great. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for some HD broadcasts of next season's EPL and Champions League games on FSC after all!

He specifically said that some EPL and Champions League matches would be in true High Definition in January 2010 on FSC-HD.
post #164 of 304
The Skinny on Champions League on Fox

By Jack Bell

It is five games and counting until the UEFA Champions League makes the switch from ESPN to Fox.

Many people left comments on an earlier posting about the new Champions League deal. The sheer number brought this response from David Sternberg, the executive vice president and general manager of Fox Sports International, I was amazed by how many comments there were and how strongly people feel either way.

For most viewers there are a number of specific issues, which Sternberg addressed in a telephone interview on Tuesday: High-definition (for the Champions League and other other games on Fox Soccer Channel; studio hosts; broadband access; the status of the current World Report; and the availability of FSC on cable systems compared to ESPN/ESPN2).

High Definition Sternberg said that FSC would not be available in high-definition until the end of 2009, which means Champions League games on the channel will not be in high-def until the start of the first knockout stage in February 2010. He added that Fox Sports Net channels and FX were already available in high-def.

People are very keen to have FSC in HD and that's perfectly understandable, Sternberg said. We understand that soccer looks great in HD. We recognize that now is the time to move on it.

In addition, games from Italy's Serie A, for which FSC has four live windows each weekend, will have games in high-def. Likewise, two English Premier League games now covered by Sky are produced in HD and available in the United States. That's the Saturday 12:30 p.m. (Eastern) match and the 11 a.m. (Eastern) Sunday games.

Finally, Fox's HD format and production will be more akin to the true or native HD, as the industry calls it, used in recent years by HDNet (which is no longer carrying M.L.S. or N.H.L. games) than most of the HD productions available to date on ESPN, which Sternberg called up-converted. That is, a standard-definition feed that is enhanced.


Studio Hosts and Shows The word is that Fox is pursuing the excellent English analyst Andy Gray, who was sharp and informative when ESPN carried Euro 2008 from Austria and Switzerland last summer.

He already has a full-time job with Sky Sports, as far as I know, Sternberg said. It would be phenomenal to even talk about that. We're talking about all kinds of options and possible scenarios. Andy is the lead football commentator for Sky in the U.K. He not only does Champions League, but he's on E.P.L. games, too. It takes up all his time from August to May.

Sternberg confirmed that Fox would do pre- and postgame shows from its studios in Los Angeles. The match commentary will be plucked from commentators on site. No reason to reinvent the wheel, he said.

In addition, FSC will carry a Champions League highlights show and UEFA's weekly magazine show.

Broadband Some folks had questions on that earlier posting about losing access to ESPN360, a broadband service that enables fans to watch games on their computers at work and at home. As Sternberg correctly noted, ESPN360 is only available to people who subscribe to Verizon and AT&T cable services in their homes (or businesses that do).

It's my impression that it is difficult to access and if you don't have TV or broadband from Verizon or AT&T, you're out of luck, he said. On our Web site, foxsoccer.com, we will have video highlights. Setanta has the live streaming rights to 146 games on a subscription basis.

For Champions League broadband over the span of the new contract, Setanta will be the exclusive provider of games over the Internet. The subscription service has not yet set prices for next season, but will certainly offer single-game access (you can currently watch games live on UEFA's Web site for $7.95 a game) and perhaps a package that includes all Champions League games, and one that encompasses all of Setanta's offerings (Premier League games not carried by FSC, other sports and, of course my favorite, Special 1 TV).

World Report The nightly highlights show (which is shown at 10 p.m. Eastern; repeated at 1 a.m. Eastern; then again the next day at 11 a.m. Eastern) will continue to originate from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Sternberg said. It is produced in conjunction with CanWest Global Communications.

It has been a mainstay of our schedule for several years, Sternberg said. From a production point of view, it's made strides. We'll keep working on it, nurturing the talent we have there. We plan for it to remain in Winnipeg. It's a cost-effective place to produce the show.

Availability At present, FSC is available in about 35 million cable homes; with FSN channels in 83 million and FX in nearly 95 million. Those combined numbers compare favorably with the ESPN channels.

One of our objectives in pursuing the Champions League was to help drive increased distribution of FSC and Fox Sports Espanol, Sternberg said. Certainly, we think we've addressed availability by making 16 live games exclusively available on Fox Sports Net. With FX, which will carry the 2010 final, in 95 million households, I believe we will fully mitigate a lot of concern about the visibility of FSC.

http://goal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/0...league-on-fox/
post #165 of 304
one more link to satisfy the readers of this thread - http://www.hd-report.com/2009/04/17/...nnel-to-go-hd/
post #166 of 304
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Gol TV is making strides toward presenting some of its soccer coverage in HD next year: "We're having discussions with our distributors. A lot of the matches from Europe are now being shot in HD. I think you'll see some of our programming in HD during the second or third quarter of 2010."

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...ga_Renewal.php
post #167 of 304
I cant find a listing that lists the Champions League final as HD.
post #168 of 304
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Originally Posted by Jeff Whitford View Post

I cant find a listing that lists the Champions League final as HD.

According to TV program schedule on ESPN's web site, it is in HD (Live on ESPN, not ESPN2). Let's hope that is indeed the case!
post #169 of 304
I saw an ad for the final on ESPN, which had the ESPNHD logo on it.
post #170 of 304
When I looked at it now it says it is. Now that I think about it I may have seen it on the listings for ESPN360
post #171 of 304
Any new rumors if or when Setanta will go HD? Several AFL (Australian Rules) games are being broadcast in HD in Australia (I think it's Fox Footy Channel). Also several Rugby matches (6-nations) are being done in HD by the BBC. What's the deal. I just can't take the low resolution of Setanta much longer!
post #172 of 304
I think Setanta is more concerned about not going bankrupt right now.
post #173 of 304
setanta is not in good shape. they may go under or get bought by another channel on the cheap to get good value on the rights they own.

if you like aussie sport you might want to check this out. http://www.tvfromoz.com/

kind of expensive and i have no idea about pq

i'd probably try it (love my footy) but i'm moving back to perth in july so no need.
post #174 of 304
GolTV Sublicenses Some La Liga Rights To ESPN

Deportes, ESPN2 Get In Game With Spain's Top Soccer Circuit

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 6/22/2009 7:00:00 AM MT

Gol TV has passed off some of its rights to Spain's top soccer circuit to ESPN.

Under the pact, La Liga will almost double its match exposure in the U.S. with ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 joining Gol TV in the linear game.

In March, the soccer-centric Gol TV, which has aired La Liga action in the U.S. for the past six seasons, renewed its deal with for the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with rights-holder Mediapro.

Neither party would discuss deal terms. Gol TV COO Rodrigo Lombello did say "technically it is a sublicensing deal. But it's deeper than that because we really want to promote La Liga and make sure it's the No. 1 soccer league. We are partners on the programming side. It makes sense we are partners on the financial side as well,"

Under the agreement, Gol TV will continue to air 120 matches, with two to three matches per weekend, over La Liga's 38 rounds.

ESPN, meanwhile, secured an array of rights through the 2011-12 season, notably the ability for ESPN Deportes to air up to 114 matches (although at this time is plans to show 95 regular-season games), while ESPN2 will present approximately 20 in windows that ESPN Deportes general manager Lino Garcia said "won't conflict with the network's schedule."

Further, ESPN Radio will air select games, while Deportes', mobile and online holdings will be able to air extensive footage.

GolTV and ESPN will alternate selections on week-to-week basis, choosing from six matches. "We will share the games with the top teams with our partner," said Garcia.

Gol TV, which makes its coverage available in both English and Spanish for positioning on sports and Hispanic tiers, expects the deal will bring it added exposure with both audiences.

"We share a common place in that we are both Hispanic networks that show soccer, but Gol TV is a hybrid service that's all about soccer. ESPN Deportes presents many sports. These are complementary, not competing services," said Lombello, adding that his network will also gain with the general market via ESPN2's La Liga coverage.

When asked if the networks would be touting each other's upcoming La Liga game coverage, Garcia said the parties had not yet gotten "granular" about marketing or cross-promotional plans.

Similarly, there was nothing definitive to report at press time about whether they would jointly sell sponsorships and advertising. "We've concluded our upfront presentations and stared to close deals," said Lombello. "We don't know how the partnership will develop, but we have yet to discuss a joint ad sales effort."

For ESPN, the deal reaffirms its commitment to the world's most popular sport, following the recent loss of the UEFA Champions League to Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports. The deal raises ESPN Deportes game, as well as the profile and live lineup of broadband service, ESPN360.com, which will simulcast the matches that air linearly on its Spanish-language sister service and ESPN2.

For its part, Gol TV has not yet finalized its broadband plans for La Liga, which previously have manifested in the form of highlights and interviews on GolTV.tv

"We're looking to expanding our efforts there," said Lombello.

Arguably, the globe's top domestic league -- proponents of the English Premiere League would say otherwise -- La Liga raised its marquee value in recent weeks with Real Madrid acquiring the rights to FIFA's top futbolers of 2007 and 2008 in the persons of Brazil's Kaka from AC Milan and Portugal's Christiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. FC Barcelona Lionel Messi, who helped dethrone ManU as the Champions League king, may earn that FIFA distinction for 2009.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...ts_To_ESPN.php
post #175 of 304
any recent news regarding setanta's Premiere League rights? can FSC or ESPN show the really good games now?
post #176 of 304
According to Uk.News.Yahoo.com Espn bought out Setanta's rights to the Premiere league broadcasts.
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Jobs to go as Setanta enters administration

Beleaguered Irish sports broadcaster Setanta Sport has gone into administration in the UK with the loss of 200 jobs.

Its UK channels went off-air just before 6pm, with a message saying the firm had "ceased trading in Great Britain".

Deloitte, which has been appointed as administrator for Setanta Sports Holdings - the parent firm which owns businesses in Britain, Ireland and internationally - said the non-UK businesses continue to trade while talks with possible buyers are under way.

On Monday, Disney-owned ESPN won the rights to show 46 live Premier League matches for the 2009/10 season and 23 matches for the following three years after Setanta was forced to give them up after missing a contractual payment.

The US sports network said it plans to make its coverage as widely available as possible, across multiple pay-TV platforms, and has already agreed for its coverage to be retailed by BSkyB, to residential and commercial customers.

For the 2009/10 season, BSkyB will show 92 games and ESPN 46. For the following three years, BSkyB will show 115 and ESPN the remaining 23.

The company still holds the rights to other major sporting fixtures including the FA Cup, some England matches, US PGA golf and, from next year, Guinness Premiership rugby.

Setanta, which employs around 430 people, hit trouble after failing to secure sufficient subscribers to cover the cost of its sports rights. It has 1.2 million direct subscribers but needs nearer 1.9 million to break even, according to analysts.

Last Friday, a potential investor in the group also walked away from a rescue deal, leaving the group's future in serious doubt.

In 2006, Setanta won the rights to break BSkyB's hold on English soccer, agreeing to pay £392 million over three seasons from 2007. The League declined to give a figure for the new deal on Monday, but analysts had said they expected the terms to be lower.

The Scottish Premier League has also taken its rights back from Setanta after a £3 million payment was missed. It said it is actively engaged in finding a new partner and BSkyB and ESPN are expected to lead the bidding.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090623/...s-dba1618.html
post #178 of 304
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Originally Posted by kevin j View Post

According to Uk.News.Yahoo.com Espn bought out Setanta's rights to the Premiere league broadcasts.

Could it be that we'll get to see HD versions of some EPL (and possibly La Liga) this Fall? Wouldn't that be something, even with the "bottom line" ticker?
post #179 of 304
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Originally Posted by Hormoz View Post

Could it be that we'll get to see HD versions of some EPL (and possibly La Liga) this Fall? Wouldn't that be something, even with the "bottom line" ticker?

This is only referring to the UK versions of ESPN and Setanta. FSI/Setanta North America still hold US rights to the English Premier League in the US for the 09/10 season.

As for HD coverage of spanish games I doubt there will be any for a while. ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN360 are just going to be broadcasting the versions that they already produce for other international markets (which are SD only). In Spain they are JUST getting into digital TV right now, and have no games broadcast locally in HD. A few years back Voom broadcast one game per week in HD on WorldSport but it was a game they produced themselves rather than piggybacking off of an existing feed. That channel no longer exists.

Setanta USA and Setanta Canada are actually some of the only profitable parts of the Setanta umbrella. They may be sold off, or they may be kept by Setanta to supplement their suffering UK business. Either way, no telling where their rights would go.
post #180 of 304
Hope everyone watched Chelsea/Hull on ESPN 2 in beautiful HD.

Direct feed from the UK - British announcers, TWI feed.

One word - AWESOME.
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