FOX Sports


#1

Ahh the smell of fresh Steedens in the air - must be NRL9’s time.

As usual Australia’s Sports Leader - Fox Sports will provide wall to wall coverage live from Eden Park, Auckland NZ from February 4 and 5.

For those who do not know how it works it’s quite simple:

All 16 NRL clubs together in Auckland
Two-day knock-out tournament
Featuring 288+ star players
Superstars Johnathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and Jarryd Hayne the first to confirm they will play
31 action packed games
More speed! More tries! More fun!
9 players per team, 9 minute halves
NZ $2.6 million dollars + in prize money

There are 4 pools first in a 3 round robin format

Piha Pool: St George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors.
Hunua Pool: North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders, South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Rangitoto Pool: Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm.
Waiheke Pool: Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.

Catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 Channel 501


#2

I’m going to the Indigenous All-Stars match on Friday week at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle. Really can’t wait for that! Media pass :smiley: :smiley:


#3

Fox Sports has moved Matthew Johns’ popular after-game program to a timeslot immediately after Thursday night’s live game to be directly up against Channel Nine’s long-running Footy Show.

It used to screen after Monday Night Football.

Johns moves to Thursday


#4

Brenton Speed is about to become Australia’s most versatile sporting caller, What’s The Buzz reports.

Speed has signed a contract with Fox Sports to call A-League and NRL games every week and occasional AFL games.

What’s the Buzz


#5

Watching the Auckland 9s and the ladies are playing. Good to see the director at Sky Sports isn’t sexist…


#6

FOX SPORTS LAUNCHES FIRST INTERNATIONAL STREAMING PRODUCT WITH ‘WATCH AFL’
FOX SPORTS PARTNERS WITH THE AFL TO LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL STREAMING SERVICE

FOX SPORTS Australia today announces the launch of the new Watch AFL™ service - its first direct to consumer international streaming product.

Marking FOX SPORTS’ first foray into international distribution, the partnership will also provide a blueprint to explore similar opportunities with rights holders across the company’s full suite of sports.

Watch AFL™ is a ground-breaking streaming service built on a high-tech new platform optimising the fan experience.

Featuring every AFL game live plus all of FOX SPORTS’ favourite AFL entertainment shows, FOX SPORTS and News Corp will deliver the joy of the game to fans around the world, boosting the reach and taking AFL to a whole new audience.

Australians living and travelling abroad, as well as the growing number of international AFL fans, will be able to watch every game throughout the season plus every Finals match live and on demand. FOX SPORTS’ week long line-up of AFL programs, powered by the most experienced commentary team in the business, will also be available on the innovative new product.

In addition, FOX SPORTS will continue to push into new markets after being appointed the AFL’s sales agent for the international AFL broadcast rights from 2018.

FOX SPORTS CEO Patrick Delany said: “FOX SPORTS is Australia’s sports leader, delivering the best sport in the world across multiple products. The new Watch AFL service will share our love of AFL with fans around the world.

“Australians travelling or living overseas won’t miss a minute of their team live in action, plus new fans will be able to learn more about the players and the game with all of FOX SPORTS’ award-winning programs delivering the best insight and analysis.

“The new partnership will help grow the game globally, taking AFL to more markets, across more platforms and reaching more fans than ever before.”
Watch AFL™ by FOX SPORTS, is now available and fans can try the new product for free from now up until 23 March 2017.

For more information visit watchafl.afl.com.au.


#7

FOX SPORTS VIEWERS CHOICE

We are currently in the process of making a change to how our customers access viewers choice – which is why channel 507 has stopped broadcasting as of the 9th of February. Rest assured, the channel will return in its new form on Thursday 23rd of February.

Launching on Thursday 23 February, FOX SPORTS More will improve the viewing experience for customers by providing a new platform for the content they want from Viewers’ Choice – the channel will be accessible by pressing the red button on the remote.

Sometimes we have so much live sport on offer that we have to move it to the Red Button and our customers do not get the world-class viewing experience they deserve. FOX SPORTS More will now be the new home for this content. By moving this content to its own dedicated channel, customers now have access to a range of features including HD, search and record so they can watch all the games they want!

FOX SPORTS More will also feature exclusive pop-up channel programming stunts throughout the year as an added bonus to our customers!

Content that used to sit behind Viewers’ Choice such as additional camera angles and live timing for motorsport will now become available via the FOX SPORTS app.


#8

New channel launches Thursday February 23 on 507, with day one of Australia’s Tour of India from 2:30pm
• Fox Sports More to become the home of dedicated year-round pop-up channels and selected live sports
• Available on Foxtel, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play, as part of the Sports Pack

Fox Sports and Foxtel today launch a new addition to their channel family with Fox Sports More.

Taking its place on channel 507, the latest addition to the network will become the new home of Fox Sports’ dedicated pop-up channels and selected live sport across the year. And to get things started, day one will host the opening day of Australia’s Tour of India live on the new channel from 2:30pm.

Replacing what was the Red Button Viewer’s Choice, from this point additional content such as alternative camera views or commentary will receive a true second-screen viewing experience, with bonus material available on smartphones and tablets via foxsports.com.au or the Fox Sports app.

Steve Crawley, head of television at Fox Sports, said of the new channel launch:

“14,000 hours of live sport broadcast last year meant the existing Fox Sports channels were bursting at the seams, with the Red Button having to pick up the strain of so much in-demand coverage. Fox Sports More will not only mean extra room for all sports at the busiest times of year all in HD, but it will become the home of all Fox Sports’ specially dedicated, pop-up channels, which thanks to their success last year, we’ll be doing more of than ever before.”

Fox Sports More will be available for both Foxtel and Foxtel Play, Foxtel’s streaming service, subscribers as well as on Foxtel’s mobile app, Foxtel Go.


#9

Fox Sports and NEP Australia have extended their longterm relationship with a new six-year deal.

Set to be the most technically advanced facilities of their kind in the world on this scale, two new NEP-developed hubs in Sydney and Melbourne will enable multiple, concurrent outside broadcasts (OBs).

The hubs will allow for remote production of Fox Sports’ tier one sports. This means cameras and microphones will be located at the venue, with the majority of the production team based at the hubs.

Central control facilities will accommodate up to six simultaneous events, connecting with venues via NEP’s new high capacity/low latency countrywide fibre network. Moving away from traditional cables, each hub will be designed around industry-leading IP infrastructure.

Lower operational costs and greater efficiencies through a reduction in staff time spent on the road, combined with central and inter-hub resource sharing across everything from equipment through to disaster recovery capabilities, will also flow from the new hub model.


#10

Fox Sports & NEP usher in future of outside broadcasts with new production ‘hubs’

Centralised production centres in Sydney and Melbourne to create world’s largest central control system

Initial six-year deal to commence immediately with operational target of 2018 AFL & NRL seasons

FOX SPORTS, Australia’s sports leader and the largest production company in Australia, along with NEP Australia, the country’s leading provider of outsourced production solutions, today announce the extension of their long term relationship with a new six-year deal that will usher in the future of live sports broadcasts in Australia.

Set to be the most technically advanced facilities of their kind in the world on this scale, two new NEP-developed ‘hubs’ in Sydney and Melbourne will enable multiple, concurrent outside broadcasts (OBs) and set a new standard for sports television globally.

Whereas OBs customarily require a dedicated control unit housing production staff and equipment at individual events, the hubs will allow for ‘remote production’ of FOX SPORTS’ tier one sports. This means cameras and microphones will be located at the venue, with the majority of the production team based at the hubs.

There, central control facilities can accommodate up to six simultaneous events, connecting with venues via NEP’s new high capacity / low latency countrywide fibre network. Moving away from traditional cables, each hub will be designed around industry-leading IP infrastructure.

With production talent able to work across codes from a single location, FOX SPORTS will be able to benefit from greater opportunities for upskilling and idea-sharing, with the overall benefit being an enhanced and more consistent experience for fans of all major sports watching at home or in pubs and clubs.

Lower operational costs and greater efficiencies through a reduction in staff time spent on the road, combined with central and inter-hub resource sharing across everything from equipment through to disaster recovery capabilities, will also flow from the new hub model.

FOX SPORTS’ deal with NEP will run for an initial term from 2017-2022 and amalgamates existing standalone code arrangements into one contract. With initial testing underway, the intention is for both hubs to be fully operational across all venues in time for the commencement of the 2018 NRL and AFL seasons.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said of the initiative:

“This is the outside broadcast production model of the future, and we’re proud at FOX SPORTS to be leading the way in Australia and the world with a venture of this size and scale. The new hubs will mean better working conditions and opportunities for staff, increased scope for creativity, flexibility and consistency across our productions as well as providing significant savings and future-proofing FOX SPORTS for decades to come.”

NEP Australia President Soames Treffry added:

“NEP invests in technology to meet broadcasters’ needs and create the best value production solutions for them. Remote production is the industry’s future: centralised control rooms that can cover more than one project a day from multiple remote locations around the country. We’re ecstatic that our longstanding partner FOX SPORTS is the first Australian broadcaster to avail themselves of our Sydney and Melbourne hubs and the efficiencies, flexibility, comfort and on-air consistency they provide.”


#11

2017 Virgin Australia Supercars
LIVE this week
FOX SPORTS 506

Qualifying - Race 1
4.20pm Friday

Race 1
3.50pm Saturday

Qualifying - Race 2
11.20am Sunday

Race 2
3.50pm Sunday


#12

Gary Burns has left Fox Sports suddenly after 5 years, TV Tonight reports.


#13

Fox Sports Revs Engines With Launch Of Dedicated Australian Grand Prix Channel

24/7 Dedicated 2017 F1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Channel switches on March 20
LIVE, HD and CONTINUOUS coverage of every practice, qualifying session and race
Fox Sports is the home of Formula 1® in Australia with every event LIVE in HD
Fox Sports Race Centre available via foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports App

FOX SPORTS is set to deliver its biggest ever coverage of the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix, with a dedicated 24/7 channel showcasing round-the-clock action from Albert Park in Melbourne.

FOX SPORTS 506 will become the home of the season opening event from Monday 20 March, with continuous coverage of every session from Friday 24 March and across the weekend.

In addition to start-to-finish coverage of every practice, qualifying session and race, the pop up channel will feature classic races and reviews of past seasons.

Australian Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo will again be the crowd favourite at Albert Park and the likable West Australian is eyeing a strong 2017 season and a return to the top step of the podium.

FOX SPORTS brings Sky Sports’ world-class production to Australian viewers, providing them with the unparalleled Formula 1® coverage. With ex-drivers, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert, and commentators Ted Kravitz and David Croft as part of the line-up, fans receive all the news and analysis from on the ground at every race.

FOX SPORTS’ Race Centre will be the ultimate companion to the TV broadcast. Available via foxsports.com.au and the FOX SPORTS App, the Race Centre will offer fans unrivalled access to four additional video streams including live timing, in car-cameras, pit lane with snippets from team radios and a driver tracker, plus an up to the minute blog of key events during the race.

FOX SPORTS News 500 will be stationed on the ground at Albert Park to deliver the latest and breaking news across the weekend.

Every round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship™ is LIVE, in HD on FOX SPORTS, with all qualifying sessions and races after the opening Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix ad-break free.

The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship also returns to Albert Park this weekend, with four races across the three day event.

Jess Yates and Russell Ingall will host FOX SPORTS’ coverage, with every session LIVE across the weekend.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
LIVE and in HD on FOX SPORTS 506

Mon 20 Mar: Dedicated channel switches on at 12.00am

Fri 24 Mar: Day 1 from 11.30am

Sat 25 Mar: Day 2 from 1.30pm

Sun 26 Mar: Final Day from 1.00pm

*All times listed are in AEDT


#14

On Saturday Fox Sports recorded their best day of all time, hitting their highest share ever: 24.09% of viewing in STV homes. The action continued into Sunday, when they recorded the second best Sunday share of all time with 20.02% of viewing in STV homes. And that wasn’t all:

The Fox Sports network recorded the fourth consecutive week as #1
Fox Sports represented the top four channels on STV for the first time ever
The network won the second best weekly share of all-time: 27% (overnight data)
The Fox Sports app broke the 500k download mark, producing significant digital reach
Fox League recorded the #1 channel for third time in 2017
The Australian Grand Prix finished the weekend as the highest rating Formula 1 race on Fox Sports ever

The records are a result of an incredible line up of live sport including the opening round of the AFL, LIVE NRL, the New Zealand v South Africa Test cricket, Super Rugby, the Hyundai A-League and the coveted Australian Grand Prix. But this weekend hasn’t been the only success for Fox Sports in 2017. We’ve also seen:

The AFL W’s inaugural year prove to be a real winner for women’s sport

The Australia cricket tour of India produce one of the greatest series in recent years with gripping sessions of play

And soon to come will be the dedicated US Masters Channel of LIVE / HD golf from the iconic Augusta National course


#15

FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA have recorded their best day of all time on Saturday, hitting their highest share of 24.09% of viewing in STV homes.

Sports fans were treated to an incredible line up of LIVE sport – including the opening round of the AFL, LIVE NRL, New Zealand v South Africa Test cricket, Super Rugby, Hyundai A-League and the coveted Australian Grand Prix.

The action continued into Sunday, as FOX SPORTS Australia recorded the second best Sunday share of all time with 20.02% of viewing in STV homes. The Australian Grand Prix did not disappoint, finishing the weekend as the highest rating Formula 1 race on FOX SPORTS of all time.


#16

News Corporation’s Fox Sports has sparked a revolt from the powerful NSW and Queensland clubs lobby after proposing massive subscription increases, report Fairfax.

It has flagged seeking permission from the competition watchdog to conduct a boycott of the service.

Under competition law a group of competitors can ask for permission to act as a group and not purchase services from another business as part of a negotiation.

The ACCC will consider whether allowing the boycott would be in the public interest and, in its published explanatory material on the process, flags that it can be used in cases where many small businesses are negotiating with a larger supplier.


#17

FOX SPORTS AND BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA ENTER NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BROADCAST WNBL

FOX SPORTS TO PROVIDE STRATEGIC SUPPORT FOR WNBL IN GROUND-BREAKING PARTNERSHIP

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RETURNS TO TV SCREENS BEGINNING THIS SEASON

THREE-YEAR ARRANGEMENT WILL SEE A MINIMUM OF ONE GAME BROADCAST LIVE EACH WEEK PLUS FINALS

REVAMPED SEASON TO RUN FROM OCTOBER TO JANUARY

FOX SPORTS and Basketball Australia today confirmed a new three-year partnership which will put women’s basketball back on national television.

Launching in time for the 2017-18 season, the arrangement will see a minimum of one game per week, plus every Finals match, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS through to 2019-20.

The new look competition will run from October to January culminating with a best of 3 Semi and Grand Final Series.

FOX SPORTS will work with Basketball Australia over the coming months to finalise the scheduling of the weekly broadcast.

The ground breaking partnership will bring together representatives from across FOX SPORTS who will work with Basketball Australia to develop and implement a strategy to increase the visibility and sustainability of the WNBL.

This will involve developing commercial models and sponsorship packages, marketing and publicity support, along with helping the league build community initiatives and grow crowd attendance and club memberships.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said:

“The WNBL is the longest running elite female competition in the country. It features incredible athletes, who are strong and fierce competitors. For too long the league has been invisible with no broadcast partner.

"Today’s announcement will ensure that fans around the country will be able to watch these athletes live in action.

“This isn’t just another broadcast deal; it’s a partnership. We are invested in making a difference, and putting women’s basketball in Australia back on the map,” Mr Delany said.

Head of the WNBL, Sally Phillips, said:

“It’s a great day for the WNBL and we are thrilled to be entering into this partnership with Fox Sports. As someone who has been involved with the WNBL as a player and administrator over the past 27 years, this announcement is truly amazing. I love this game and I am so excited that our Clubs and our Athletes will be back in the spotlight receiving the recognition and respect they deserve.”

“The WNBL is globally elite and a broadcast partnership provides us with a vital perception piece and communication platform for our sport that has been missing over the past two seasons. I’m so happy for our fans that have missed tuning in each week, we’re back!

“We are truly grateful for the huge leap of faith Fox Sports have taken in partnering with the WNBL for the next three years. The biggest names in Australian basketball are signing on to play in the upcoming season so fans will be exposed to what is recognised as some of the best women’s basketball in the world. There is no better time than now for Corporate Australia to capitalise on the support being shown for women’s sport and take a leap like Fox Sports have and get behind the WNBL.”


#18

Hyundai A-League Finale Delivers Record Ratings

367,000 viewers for Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory showstopper make it the highest rating A-League match ever

553,000 fans watch dramatic penalty shootout

Second highest rating program on Foxtel in 2017

Hyundai A-League average audiences up 11% in 2016/17

Yesterday’s ‘Big Blue’ Hyundai A-League Grand Final has delivered a bumper day of ratings for FOX SPORTS becoming the highest rating A-League match of all time.

367,000 football fans tuned in to see Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC claim a thrilling victory to cap off a record breaking season.

The two heavyweights went head-to-head for 120 minutes before a dramatic penalty shootout with scores locked at 1 – 1.

553,000 fans tuned in to see Milos Ninkovic seal the deal for the Sky Blues 4 – 2 on penalties.

The epic battle concluded a massive year of Hyundai A-League action with average audiences on FOX SPORTS up 11 per cent this season.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “What a match, and what a finale.

“The fans. The atmosphere. And two teams putting everything on the line in a gruelling contest; it was drama at its best.

“Congratulations to Graham Arnold and his players. A standout year for the Sky Blues, and extremely deserving champions.

“Yesterday’s bumper ratings prove that football in Australia is on the rise. I can’t wait to see what next season serves up,” Mr Delany said.

It follows a big year of football with the 2016 FFA Cup becoming the highest rating edition since its inception in 2014, up 36 per cent year on year and recording its biggest audience of 158,000 viewers for Melbourne City v Sydney FC.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.


#19

Fox Sports Switches On Dedicated Players Championship Channel

Live and exclusive coverage

Dedicated channel switches on Monday 8 May

Every round live in HD

The best golfers in the world, including defending champion Jason Day, will descend on TPC Sawgrass in Florida from next Friday (May 12) to contest The Players Championship.

FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507) will become the home of golf’s unofficial fifth major from Monday (May 8), when FOX SPORTS’ dedicated 24/7 pop up channel switches on.

FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch the action unfold, beginning with Round 1, LIVE from 3.00am EST next Friday 12 May.

Tim Sheridan will be stationed on the ground at TPC Sawgrass in Florida to interview the players as they finish each round.

In addition to LIVE coverage of every round, FOX SPORTS will showcase two additional hours of LIVE content recapping the action at the conclusion of each day’s play.

World no. 3 Jason Day took out last year’s tournament with a decisive four-stroke victory, and will lead a strong Australian contingent, featuring Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

Golf fans can warm up to the action by reliving some of The Players Championship most memorable final rounds, plus 60-minute highlights packages of past Championships.

FOX SPORTS News will deliver all the latest and breaking news from Florida, while Foxsports.com.au will be the online destination for rolling results, news and highlights.

> THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP – FOX SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

> FOX SPORTS 507

> Mon 8 May: Dedicated channel switches on, 12.00am

> Fri 12 May: Round 1, LIVE from 3.00am Sat 13 May: Round 2, LIVE from 3.00am

> Sun 14 May: Round 3, LIVE from 4.00am

> Mon 15 Mat: Final Round, LIVE from 4.00am

> Live from the Players Championship, LIVE from 9.00am daily

*> times listed are in AEST


#20

Fox Sports launching ICC Champions Trophy channel

The world’s best ODI cricket nations are competing in England and Wales from June 1 to contest the ICC Champions Trophy, and Fox Sports is the only place to watch the action unfold.

Fox Sports will deliver all 15 games live and in high definition, all on a dedicated 24/7 pop-up channel.

Fox Sports More (Channel 507) will become the home of the series from Wednesday 31 May, with the live action launching in primetime the following day at 7pm.

In addition to every ball of the series live and exclusive, the pop-up channel will feature highlights of past tournaments and a number of entertainment programs to keep fans entertained and informed across the week.

Fox Sports’ countdown to the main event begins at 7pm on May 31 with History of the ICC Champions Trophy – a look back at the highs and lows of past tournaments. The countdown continues at 9pm with a 60-minute tournament preview, Who Are Your Champions.

Fox Sports’ popular third season of Cricket Legends will also feature on the channel, which profiles some of the biggest names to have played the game in a series of in-depth, insightful, one-on-one interviews.

Robert “Crash” Craddock sits down with a collection of legends including Sir Gary Sobers, Kepler Wessels, Ian Healy and Henry Olonga.

Attention turns to the pitch from 7pm on June 1 with the opening match between England and Bangladesh, before Australia opens its campaign (7pm) against New Zealand the following day.

Steve Smith’s men face two more pool round clashes against Bangladesh on June 5 and England on June 10.

The top four teams will progress to the Semi Finals on June 14 and 15, before the Final is played in primetime on Sunday 18 June, with the first ball at 7pm.

Former Australian fast-medium bowler Brendon Julian will host Fox Sports’ coverage of Australia’s games, alongside a collection of experts including former Australian captain Allan Border, batsman Mark Waugh and former wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.

The panel will guide viewers through Australia’s matches with live updates from former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who will be in the UK.

Fox Sports viewers will also have access to bonus cricket content available via Foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports App, including an interactive match centre, match highlights, live blogs and a detailed scorecard.

Fox Sports’ website will also feature a dedicated ICC Champions Trophy landing page with the latest and breaking news, pools, teams, players to watch , fixtures and results, player leader boards including the tournament’s big six hitters, plus leading wicket takers.