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Fox Sports 2

As a NASCAR fan, I was afraid that I would not be able to see the same racing events that I used to see on Speed when they rebranded the channel this past weekend.  I was just proven correct.  I now won't be able to see the Whelan Modified race that is airing on FoxSports 2 from Bristol tonight as Comcast doesn't have Fox Sports 2 in the channel lineup.  I was able to watch it last year when it was on Speed.

 

I strongly encourage Comcast to rectify this situation and add Fox Sports 2 to the lineup.  If I can't watch the things I want to watch because the channel isn't available, then I'm going to look for a cable provider who can provide it.

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I hear that Fox Sports 2 is coming to the Seattle area this month.  Do you have any information on this?


Apologies. I checked directly with our team that handles programming and channels for this area and unfortunately, we don't have any current plans to add Fox Sports 2 in Seattle in the near term.


WHY NOT?


Apologies. I think you know the answer (generally costs per subscriber per month are usually the main driver around these conversations with programmers and the concern we have around passing those incremental costs along to our customers), but I will re-post the below for others: 

 

Just wanted to recap, consolidate and summarize the current situation with Fox Sports 2 that some may find helpful.

 

Below is not new information and most all has been posted previously in earlier posts. 

  

I'm not currently aware of any decisions to remove or add Fox Sports 2 in any additional locations at this time. Any potential channel additions or deletions would be communicated ahead of time according to any FCC and local franchise requirements.

 

Comcast does offer Fox Sports 2 in many markets based on existing and new contracts. Additional areas may be announced later. 

 

Our content and programming teams are in regular contact with Fox on many topics, including possible additional distribution for Fox Sports 2. The conversations are ongoing. 

 

All channels, regardless of affiliation, are required to go through the same application and approval process in order to be carried by Comcast.

 

Our programming teams and local management teams constantly evaluate programming choices and make decisions based on customer interests, costs, channel bandwidth management and contractual obligations.

 

As with any network contract, we want to come to an agreement that offers the best terms for our customers and our company that keeps both our costs and our customer's monthly costs to a minimum. Any possible addition of any new network would also most likely incur additional costs to Comcast that would be passed along to our customers. As mentioned above, those additional costs are one of the factors in considering adding any new network.

 

Generally, new networks want to be added to a very widely distributed level of service for the potential of the most eyeballs (ratings) and advertising revenue. That means that the costs would be spread across all of the customers that have that channel in their level of service, not just to those who want to pay individually for that specific service or via a separate Sports Package.

 

Of course, situations may change based on customer demand, channel bandwidth opportunities, business opportunities, costs and contractual obligations. The Comcast employees who participate in these forums certainly pass along  collective feedback, interests and concerns to those teams. This forum is not the sole source of customer input.

 

As you have seen, we have added Fox Sports 2 to quite a number of areas at the end of 2017. 

 

ONLINE ACCESS

 

The current contract terms with Fox only allow online access to Fox Sports 2 for customers who have that channel (Fox Sports 2) in their level of service. 

That is how most all cable networks operate and this situation is standard across all video providers.

 

Below from the Fox Sports Go site:  http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo/

Live streams of all the FOX Sports Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive FOX Sports as part of their TV subscription through participating TV providers. If you get FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, and FOX sports regional channels at home, you've got access!

 

Generally in addition to per subscriber fees, there are additional capital costs incurred (equipment and such) as well as any opportunity costs (what else could we use that bandwidth for).  This is no different than most other businesses.  

 

I hope that the above helps to explain some of the ”whys”.

 

Unfortunately, it is not always as easy as saying, “hey, some of our customers want this this, lets put it on and pay whatever the costs are and pass those costs along to all of our customers”.  If and when we have additional news to announce, we will certainly do so here and in other places.

 

Thanks for your continued patience.  

 

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Recently FS2 (Fox Sports 2) was added in Denver/Boulder in Colorado TV lineup on Channel 409.

This unfortunately is offered ONLY in regular (lousy and poor) resolution and is NOT offered in HD.

Please help and let us know when (if) will the HD channel be offered?

Thank you.

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I see that FS2 is now available in New Hampshire, I see that it is channel 923, any reason why I don't have access to it when I have the sports package?

 

Thanks.

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@kpreston21 wrote:

I see that FS2 is now available in New Hampshire, I see that it is channel 923, any reason why I don't have access to it when I have the sports package?

 

Thanks.


Fox Sports 2 is available in your area as a part of the Digital Preferred package. Your current level of service is listed as Digital Starter. 

 

Unfortunately, Fox Sports 2 is not included as part of the Sports and Entertainment package in any area (and likely not from any video provider that way).   

 

   

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Why doesn't Xfinity in Tucson, AZ have Foxsports 2???  We pay a lot of $$ for cable, but this is missing?

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Any plans to extend FS2 to the Savannah, GA area?

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Why is FS2 available only in the Chattanooga area in Tennessee? I live an hour away and can’t get access? Seems kinda silly...
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I have just for Xfinity and was so disapointed that I couldn't watch Manchester Utd on Fox2. When this year? Will it be in Minnesota in time for the UEFA?

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@jimc_usa wrote:

I have just for Xfinity and was so disapointed that I couldn't watch Manchester Utd on Fox2. When this year? Will it be in Minnesota in time for the UEFA?


Fox Sports 2 is available in your area today on channels 740 and 1209 as part of our Digital Preferred level of service. The current level of service currently listed on your account is Performance Plus. 

 

 

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Any idea when it'll be available for the Seattle area?  Still waiting.

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As I type, Verizon is laying the fiber cables for my area, right outside the house today .  It won't be long now  

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Is there a reason Illinois is not listed?  I am in the 60462 zip code and we do not have FS2.  

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Hello.....  anyone there?  Any idea when we can expect FS2 in the Seattle area?  Still waiting for an answer.  Please.

 

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@ShadowLAP wrote:

Is there a reason Illinois is not listed?  I am in the 60462 zip code and we do not have FS2.  


Apologies. I checked directly with our team that handles programming and channels for this area and unfortunately, we don't have any current plans to add Fox Sports 2 in this area in the near term.

Additional background information from me provided earlier in the thread (on this page) that may be of interest.

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@Kaptar wrote:

Hello.....  anyone there?  Any idea when we can expect FS2 in the Seattle area?  Still waiting for an answer.  Please.

 


Apologies. I checked directly with our team that handles programming and channels for this area and unfortunately, we don't have any current plans to add Fox Sports 2 in Seattle in the near term. 

 

Additional background information from me provided earlier in the thread (on this page) that may be of interest. 

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