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post #211 of 304
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I have to say thanks to DirecTV for making this possible. Multiple HD games, mid-week: awesome. Love it. Thanks.
post #212 of 304
Fox Soccer Nets Viewer Gains

English, Italian and U.S. Soccer Leagues Boost October Audience by 125%

by Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 11/2/2009 2:00:00 AM

With its first year-over-year comparisons, Fox Soccer Channel has netted ratings and viewership gains across its key properties and news programming.

Fox Soccer, which became rated by Nielsen for the first time in October 2008, scored advances with its coverage of Barclays English Premier League, Italian circuit Serie A and domestic league Major League Soccer, as well as news fare and ancillary programming.

Gauged on a total-day basis, viewership rose 125% to 27,000 in October 2009 (Sept. 28-Oct. 25, 2009) from 12,000 in October 2008 (Sept. 29 through Oct. 26, 2008), according to Nielsen. Among men 18 to 49, impressions improved to 15,000 from 5,000.

The delivery has exceeded our expectations, and has been greatly expanding over the past year, said Fox Sports International executive vice president and general manager David Sternberg, who attributes the gains to the quality of matches, the increasing interest in soccer in the U.S. and the channel's grassroots marketing efforts.

He noted that most of the audience gains have emanated from people seeking out the service, as its distribution base has only expanded by some 400,000 to 34.7 million since October 2008.

Not surprisingly, the Barclays Premier League, the network's top property, is its strongest Nielsen producer. Fox Soccer saw its ratings double to a 0.2 in October 2009, averaging 142,000 viewers for live and first-run matches, according to Nielsen data. That represented 69% amelioration from 84,000 watchers for similar Premier League contests in October 2008.

The Oct. 25 Liverpool-Manchester United match was the fourth highest-rated, ad-supported cable program among men 18 to 49 (a 0.7 mark against the demo), and the third highest-rated, ad-supported cable program against men 25 to 54 (0.8) demo during the Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET) time slot.

Sternberg is pleased that parent Fox Sports International has been able to retain rights for FSC and sister service Fox Sports en Espanol for the 2010-11 through 2012-13 seasons.

Sternberg wouldn't discuss the particulars of the Premier League rights extension pact, covering all 380 of the circuit's annual games. We're looking at all distribution options for the package, which also include broadband mobile rights, he said.

Asked about sublicensing negotiations, Sternberg anticipates having something more to say about that before the end of the year.

For their part, Serie A live and first-run matches were up 48% to a 49,000 viewer average in October, while Major League Soccer audiences surged 89%, averaging 51,000 viewers to 27,000 over the same period in 2008, according to Nielsen.

Relative to non-match fare, the 10 p.m. edition of Fox Soccer Report advanced 142% to 29,000 viewers, and 63% to 13,000 at 1 a.m. Sky Sports News at 7 p.m. jumped 350% to 36,000 from 8,000 and 600% to 21,000 in its noon time slot.

FSC ancillary fare, Super Sunday Plus was up 252% from 21,000 to 74,000 impressions in 2009, while Fox Football Fone-In scored a 108% gain from 12,000 to 25,000 average viewers.

Sternberg said having the ratings data available has helped FSC attract new advertisers like Quiznos and Tires Rack, and expand schedules with others like Volkswagen.

We have seen increases with auto category and retail. They see Fox Soccer Channel offering an important audience, with a strong proportion [of men 18 to 49] within our subscriber base, Sternberg said.

Sternberg added that the results have more than justified incurring the daily ratings expense with Nielsen.

Although it has not yet firmed up a specific date, January will mark the launch of a high-definition Fox Soccer Channel.

We're talking to distributors about how quickly they can get up and running, said Sternberg, noting that FSC could pick up some incremental distribution from the HD bow, en route to being in a projected 40 million homes in 2011.

At the outset, the network will feature a pair of BPL matches in the enhanced format the late Saturday (12:30 p.m.) and Sunday windows (11 a.m.), and can draw from four live Serie A matches, all of which are presented in high-definition. Sternberg said the Saturday MLS Game of the Week also would be presented in HD when the 2010 season kicks off in March.


http://www.multichannel.com/article/...ewer_Gains.php
post #213 of 304
UEFA Champions League Soccer Barcelona vs. Inter Milan is airing live and in real HD on Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic right now. It's the first time I've seen any HD soccer on that channel other than DC United matches.
post #214 of 304
What a game that was!
cant wait for FSC-HD to show up.
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When and Where Will Fox Soccer Channel Be Available In HD?

by The Gaffer on December 15, 2009

Fox Soccer Channel has confirmed that the 24/7 soccer network will begin broadcasting in high definition (HD) in January, 2010. Here's what we know so far:

To find out if your local cable or satellite provider will have Fox Soccer Channel available in HD, visit the Fox Soccer Channelfinder and enter your zip code and select from your provider from the drop-down menu. The Fox Soccer Channelfinder will then tell you whether Fox Soccer Channel is available from your provider and if it'll be available in HD. If Fox Soccer Channel is not yet available in HD from your provider, the tool includes a feature to contact your provider to request the channel in HD.

Fox Soccer Channel does not have a list of HD carriers available as of press time, but as soon as it's available, I'll post it here on EPL Talk.

When Fox begins broadcasting in HD in January, the following games will be available in native high definition: Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Serie A, MLS and FA Cup matches. Plus all studio programming, including Fox Football Fone-In and Super Sunday +, will be broadcast in HD. All non-HD programming will be upconverted.

I used the Channelfinder tool to see if my local cable provider (Comcast) will be showing Fox Soccer Channel in HD, but the answer is no right now. That doesn't mean that your local Comcast provider won't be showing it, so be sure to enter your zip code to find out.

If you find that your provider isn't showing Fox Soccer Channel in HD, definitely go ahead and request it using the Channelfinder tool. There's no guarantee they'll provide it, but the more requests that are submitted the more likely the provider is to pay attention.

http://www.epltalk.com/when-and-wher...le-in-hd/13831


Fox Soccer Channelfinder/request form (SD and HD):

http://foxsoccer.channelfinder.net/start.asp
post #216 of 304
I'm sure comcast will get right on that. Those 2014 EPL matches are going to look awesome.
post #217 of 304
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Originally Posted by chad473 View Post

I'm sure comcast will get right on that. Those 2014 EPL matches are going to look awesome.

I'm sure areas that have gone through Cavalry will have the room to add it....it's just a matter of Comcast getting around to it.

I'm happy we have FX HD so we can see the UEFA final...I hope they add FSCHD here when it launches...Comcast here in my system is always on the ball when it comes to sports channels in HD.
post #218 of 304
I reckon DTV will be on it after the satellite launch! Sweet
post #219 of 304
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Originally Posted by roberthalton View Post

I reckon DTV will be on it after the satellite launch! Sweet

DTV = Digital TV, as in over-the-air

DirecTV = D*
post #220 of 304
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Originally Posted by chad473 View Post

I'm sure comcast will get right on that. Those 2014 EPL matches are going to look awesome.

I'm hoping Verizon FIOS will obtain the rights ASAP. Watching EPL matches in SD after viewing some in HD (on ESPN2) is quite painful!
post #221 of 304
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Originally Posted by Hormoz View Post

I'm hoping Verizon FIOS will obtain the rights ASAP. Watching EPL matches in SD after viewing some in HD (on ESPN2) is quite painful!

Shoot, watching ones that are not in HD on ESPN2 is painful. However, not near as bad.
post #222 of 304
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Originally Posted by mx6bfast View Post

Shoot, watching ones that are not in HD on ESPN2 is painful. However, not near as bad.

Agreed. Here's hoping that we won't be treated to many upconverted widescreen SD broadcasts, instead of HD, when FSC-HD launches.
post #223 of 304
Does anyone know if that form on the FSC website actually sends the request on to the cable providers? Or is it just an email address harvester for future spam?

I tried requesting the channel from my local provider (Time Warner San Diego) but their customer contact form is broken.

I'm really glad to see this finally happening, but I just don't see it getting added to the local lineup for a long time. If it's in place for next EPL season I'll be pleased.
post #224 of 304
The person managing their Twitter feed says Jan 1 2010
post #225 of 304
just got off chat and it looks like comcast will be getting the channel sometime the middle of 2010 below is the posted chat:

Greg(Wed Dec 23 2009 15:46:45 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

hello, i was just wondering if comcast will be carrying fox soccer channel in HD in early 2010

Hello greg_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support. My name is Sunshine. Please give me one moment to review your information.

I see here your inquiry is about fox soccer channel in hd be available in 2010.

Sunshine(Wed Dec 23 2009 15:48:20 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

Let me check it for you.


Sunshine(Wed Dec 23 2009 15:52:22 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

Greg, I see here that Fox soccer channel will be available in HD this middle of 2010.


greg_(Wed Dec 23 2009 13:44:27 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

damn i was hoping earlier but at least we are getting it


Sunshine(Wed Dec 23 2009 15:53:22 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

That is gradually added per market.


Sunshine(Wed Dec 23 2009 15:53:43 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

We will give notification if we will add a certain channel in your area.


greg_(Wed Dec 23 2009 13:45:35 GMT-0700 (Mountain Standard Time))>

cool thanks again
post #226 of 304
FSC-HD is all over foxsoccer.com site.

Any annoucements which providers will carry it from day one?
something about newscorp.com owning D* and FSC might be helpful/relevant?
post #227 of 304
I'm praying since the NFL regular season will be almost over with by then Directv will be able to add FSC HD on the day it launches. I know I'm being too optimistic but I'm dying for more Soccer in HD. Now if only Setanta would get off their duffs and start broadcasting HD so I can see some Rugby in HD.
post #228 of 304
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I just called DirecTV to see if they had Fox Soccer Channel HD on their radar, and they don't (actually I was on the phone with them for a different reason, but asked because I could).

So I'd assume we'll see DirecTV pick up FSCHD around the same time as everyone else - probably mid-year. Hopefully they'll pleasantly surprise us and get it up even sooner than that.
post #229 of 304
I was just told by a FSC representative that D* will have the HD feed on 1/1/10. It'll be in 1080 on channel 619-1.

Apparently it's up on some cable systems already (not including TWC, heh).
post #230 of 304
Anyone else getting FSC for free right now? Is there a free preview going on? Trying to get us to want FSC HD?
post #231 of 304
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Originally Posted by arthurvino View Post

FSC-HD is all over foxsoccer.com site.

Any annoucements which providers will carry it from day one?
something about newscorp.com owning D* and FSC might be helpful/relevant?

News Corp doesn't own D* any more. They sold it to Liberty Media 2 years ago!
post #232 of 304
Comcast confirmed to me that they will be adding FSC HD sometime in 2010. Hopefully the quality of the HD doesn't suck.
post #233 of 304
Thread Starter 
I think we can all assume the D* won't launch FSCHD until their new satellite is working, and according to this story, that won't be until "early in the second quarter of 2010."

Looking at the official HD channel lineup thread, there are only 3 HD channels listed as 'announced,' and I don't think D* would launch their new satellite with only 3 channels ready. There are only a handful more (about 10?) channels listed as available by 2Q10, so I'm hopeful that, assuming contract negotiations go smoothly, that FSCHD might be one of the new channels made available to us when the satellite is brought into production.

I guess we'll just keep watching and hoping!
post #234 of 304
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Originally Posted by Flambe View Post

I think we can all assume the D* won't launch FSCHD until their new satellite is working, and according to LINK, that won't be until "early in the second quarter of 2010."

I will be sending some angry messages if the FSC representative (he's the senior columnist for Fox Soccer) gave me wrong info about FSC HD on D*. It's information given to him by the people at FSC who are responsible for it.

We'll see in 2 days.
post #235 of 304
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Originally Posted by Civrock View Post

I was just told by a FSC representative that D* will have the HD feed on 1/1/10. It'll be in 1080 on channel 619-1.

Apparently it's up on some cable systems already (not including TWC, heh).

Really, man I'm feigning for this channel in High Def. I am tired of seeing stretched, standard def video on my HD set.
post #236 of 304
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Originally Posted by Civrock View Post

I was just told by a FSC representative that D* will have the HD feed on 1/1/10. It'll be in 1080 on channel 619-1.

Apparently it's up on some cable systems already (not including TWC, heh).

How did they get the channel before it's go live date? Getting an extra special free test preview of it?
post #237 of 304
Fox Soccer Channel HD mentioned on the DirecTV website:

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global...0&topnavtype=3
post #238 of 304
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

Fox Soccer Channel HD mentioned on the DirecTV website:

LINK

Interesting. Now why isn't it available for the regular D* customer yet...
post #239 of 304
The link takes you to the " bar and restaurant programming page." Interesting, but of no great relevance to home viewers.
post #240 of 304
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Originally Posted by RunningRetarius View Post

The link takes you to the " bar and restaurant programming page." Interesting, but of no great relevance to home viewers.

It is of relevance because it shows that FSC HD is in fact available on DirecTV now, on January 1st... just not for regulars customers yet.

Was just told on the phone that there may have been an agreement reached for commercial customers but not regular users yet but she assumed that there'd be updates to lists and packages in Feb/March. Their current list of upcoming HD additions hasn't been updated since Feb 09 apparently...
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