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Sports is an Australian group of sports channels.
They are owned by the Premier Media Group, which
is in turn owned by News Corporation, and Publishing
and Broadcasting Limited. Its main competitor
is ESPN, which has little local content. News
Corporation also controls Fox Sports (USA) and
the main pay-television sports network in the
United Kingdom, Sky Sports.
it shares the "Fox" name, Fox Sports
is not affiliated with the now defunct Fox Footy
Channel, which was operated by Foxtel until its
closing at 4am on October 1, 2006.
Sports started life as the Premier Sports Network
(later just 'Premier Sports') on Australia's first
pay-television service, Galaxy. Premier Sports'
backers included American company Prime International,
which was later to become part of Liberty Media.
service started in January 1995 in Sydney and
made a name for itself, securing the rights to
Australia's cricket tour of the West Indies. Previously
Australian cricket tours had been covered on the
Nine Network on free-to-air, and Nine tried to
stop the broadcast under Australia's 'anti-siphoning'
rules, which state that certain popular sporting
events cannot be screened exclusively on pay television.
PSN signed a deal with Network Ten to share the
Foxtel launched its cable service later that year,
PSN was included as part of the package.
1995, Fox Sports has been airing National Basketball
League (NBL) games.
March 1, 1996, PSN was relaunched as Fox Sports
Australia, to coincide with the new Super 12 rugby
union competition and the proposed launch of the
1997 a secondary channel was launched on Foxtel
to carry broadcasts of the new National Rugby
League competition. Fox Sports and its chief competitor,
Sports Australia shared the rights to NRL broadcasts
as a result of the legal settlement in the Super
League war. The channel on Foxtel was later relaunched
as Fox Sports Two, at first broadcasting from
Friday through Monday each week, and later expanding
to a full 24-hour, 7-day service.
Optus Vision dropped the C7 Sport service in March
2002, they started carrying the Fox Sports channels.
These were referred to by Optus as "Optus
Sports 1" and "Optus Sports 2"
in Optus promotional material; on-air programming
referred to the channels as simply "Sports
One" and "Sports Two", although
programming such as the nightly Fox Sports News
bulletins retained the Fox name. Optus dropped
the "Optus Sports" name in October 2002.
Sports Two is generally used to cover bigger events
that require large amounts of air time, such as
the 1998 Winter Olympics, Grand Slam tennis tournaments,
and the 2004 European Football Championship.
the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Fox
Sports carried an additional eight channels dedicated
to Games events. These were available to customers
at an additional charge.
Sports 3 is used for high rating sports broadcasts,
such as the National Rugby League and Cricket.
National Rugby League is the highest rating sport
on Fox Sports, usually topping Pay TV ratings
Sports has being the exclusive broadcastor of
the Hyundai A-League since its first season in
2005. And in 2006, an A$ 120m deal between the
FFA and Fox Sports was reached in after the end
of the first season. Under the deal, Fox Sports
will have exclusive rights from 2007 to all Socceroos
home internationals, all A-League and Asian Cup
fixtures, World Cup qualifiers through the AFC,
and all AFC Champions League matches. As part
of the deal Fox Sports (and Foxtel) agreed to
only call the world game by its proper name, football
(rather than the American term - Soccer).
deal to cover the A-league live and exclusive
has already reaped big rewards for Fox Sports,
its ratings were very strong in the 2006-2007
season and the 2007 A-league grand final became
(at the time) Fox Sports highest ever rating event.
for football (soccer) have generally been very
good. The Socceroos first game of the 2007 AFC
Asian Cup, attracted 345,000 viewers, while
their Quarter final drew an average of 419,000
- an all time record for Australian Pay TV.
2007, Fox Sports reached a deal to broadcast 4
games live and exclusive from the AFL each week.
This includes the exclusive only Sunday twilight
match. In addition they will broadcast Friday
night games live into New South Wales and Queensland
via channel 518- normally used for pay-per-view
service Main Event. When channel 518 is used in
this way it is promoted as Fox Sports Plus on-air.
channel is being used increasingly to show live
events when Fox Sports has a clash involving its
main 3 channels - for example on Saturday 17th
of March, 2007 Fox Sports broadcast a match from
the 2007 Cricket World Cup (Ireland v Pakistan)
live on 518 - as it was committed to Football,
Rugby Union and another cricket match on its main
* Fox Sports 1
* Fox Sports 2
* Fox Sports 3
* Fox Sports Plus (Used for Friday Night AFL in
Sydney / Brisbane and Saturday Nights in Sydney,
Canberra and Melbourne. It was also used nationwide
for a Socceroos game in June 2007. And often when
English Premier League has multiple games on the
* FUEL TV
* Fox Sports HD (Launches June 2008)
* AFL Teams
* The Back Page
* Before the Bounce
* Inside Cricket
* Inside Rugby
* Inside Speed
* NBL Wrap
* NRL on Fox
* NRL Teams
* On the Couch
* PGA Golf Show
* S14 Extra Time
* The Winners
* Total Football
Mediaman Sports News