Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fox Sports 1 Still Seeks Half the Subscribers It Pledged...

Fox Sports 1 Still Seeks Half the Subscribers It Pledged

Twenty-First Century Fox has yet to strike deals to get Fox Sports 1 in the channel lineup of three of the biggest U.S. pay-TV companies, days before the challenger to ESPN is scheduled to debut.

So far Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon Communications’ Fios, AT&T’s U-verse, Cablevision, Charter Communications and Suddenlink Communications have reached deals to carry Fox Sports 1, representing about 45 million subscribers.

But the network, scheduled to arrive on Saturday, has been talking about going live in more than twice as many homes. The new 24-hour sports channel “will be available in up to 90 million homes at launch,” Fox Sports Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Randy Freer said at last week’s Investor Day.

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