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Re: Fos Sports 2

Yes when.....

Had thought since they now sponsored Nascar we would get to see all the events..... but some are on Fox sports 2

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Seriously Comcast...I'm a Comcast subscriber, I want to see the NASCAR races. Xfinity is one of the named Series for the next 10 years, and we can't watch practice, qualifying or racing, in both the Sprint and XFINITY series...on Xfinity? I might have to move over to Fios if you can't provide the channels that your subscribers want to see.

 

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How come our cable bill keeps going up, but the stations are getting less. We have Fox Sports 1, but for some unknown reason we do not have Fox Sports 2.  I pay enough every month, and am starting to think I need to change cable companies. We have be customers of Comcast for 35 years, and the service is getting less and less.

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I am upset at this moment because I cannot watch Cup Qualifying because Comcast will not carry Fox Sports 2.  I don't understand why we can't have this channel.  As a NASCAR fan I am very unhappy about this!!!!!

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If comcast don't get FS2 channel soon I will be shopping for another cable provider. Thought I did have the best cable/internet provider with comcast. I clearly don't as I missed Nascar qualifying today.

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Shame Nascar is gonna lose viewers because of its sponsor's refusal to air their programming. Awesome business decisions on both sides.

 

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I have Fox Sports 2 SD here in Eastern Mass on the Digital Preferred tier.  I think it depends on your location.

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Re: Cable Channels

I have Fox Sports 2 SD here in Eastern Mass on the Digital Preferred tier.  I think it depends on your location.

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Re: Cable Channels

manamok; You on Comcast?

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Re: Why does Comcast not carry Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)?

I want Fox Sports 2 as well on, "Xfinity".

I think that since Xfinity is sponsoring a NASCAR series, their coverage of NASCAR as a whole should be better.

 

Not having qualifying on Friday night available on Comcast, considering what I pay in one month for their service is ridiculous.

 

An option would be to get rid of Al Jazeera America.

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Re: Why does Comcast not carry Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)?

For the record. I found FS2 on channel 111 SD, but when I switched to it there was a message that I had to subscribe to a higher costlier package.

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Re: Why does Comcast not carry Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)?

Found the same thing. Anyway to make you pay more. Wish NASCAR would go back to broadcast. I'd get rid of cable in heartbeat


@robra13 wrote:

For the record. I found FS2 on channel 111 SD, but when I switched to it there was a message that I had to subscribe to a higher costlier package.


 

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@SpeedBuggy wrote:

manamok; You on Comcast?


Yes - been on Comcast for many years.

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I checked channels 111 and 112 and neither of them are Fox Sports 2.  The MotoGP season starts this weekend and it is on Fox Sports 2.  Normally it is on Fox Sports 1 but NASCAR is being shown on that channel and regular Fox according to my guide.  Why can't I get Fox Sports 2?  When will it be added?

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Re: Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)

It's unbelivable to me that in a huge tv market like the bay area thay foxsports2/fuel TV is not available!!

 

I am very dismayed that Motogp is not on live for the first event of the 2015 season.

 

FYI each event, in motogp, is watched by more than 100 million people world wide... tremendouse opportunity for growth iin the us.

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AGREED!  We pay a premium to have Comcast here in a major market like the Bay Area and years after this thread started we STILL don't have Fox Sports 2!  

 

We are missing out on a whole ton of live racing (and really, what is the point of replayed races in the Internet age when you can't avoid spoilers in the news or social media) including MotoGP now.  Disgraceful.  Ugh!

 

I've been a full-blown Triple-Play customer for many years, but now...it may be high time to consider the burgeoning Cord Cutting movement!

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I'm hacked off too!  Verizon is beating on the door and it's time to give them a look. There is no way I am missing motogp.

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FOX Sports 2

I am so sick of missing out of sports events because Comcast don't carry Fox Sports 2. Due to a poor decision moving house, I lost access to a satellite signal and hence lost my DirecTV. Rest assured I shall be migrating back as soon as possible as I am so sick of missing stuff on Fox Sports 2.

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I'm a huge NASCAR fan and I live in So. Md. We miss a lot of NASCAR coverage due to the fact that Fox Sports 2 is unavalible my area. When Fox Sports 1 took over for Speed less then a week later at the bottom of the screen on my tevelevision a message appeared stating that "If you already recieve Fox Sports 1 you will recieve Fox Sports 2 at no additional charge". I have Fox Sports 1 and I'm still waiting for Fox Sports 2. I really hope Comcast does something about the situation because you are the titled sponsor of the Nascar Xfinity Series and some of your customers won't be able to see part of the Nascar coverage, that to me doesn't look good on Comcast being a cable provider.  One Frustrated Customer !

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Come on.... 20 pages and 2 years of posts. Flip the switch already!!! Give us Fox Sports 2! I'm missing a ton of racing and soccer.

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Have you considered Comcast in giving us Fox Sports 2?  Now I hear that the WEC FIA is coming to FS2.  And, even Motors TV will be available to cable companies.  PLEASE Comcast we need some good auto racing and I don't mean  Nascar!

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Hey Comcast - I Just switched to Direct TV. I suggest everybody on the thread do the same!!! Now I can watch all the racing I want..

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Time Warner Cable has FS2 in most of their markets and they don't sponsor racing.  It's also a big deal on some afternoons when NY Sports talker Mike Francessa has his show shifted to FS2....  Much smaller audience.

 

 

 

 

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@Doug-H wrote:

Time Warner Cable has FS2 in most of their markets and they don't sponsor racing.  It's also a big deal on some afternoons when NY Sports talker Mike Francessa has his show shifted to FS2....  Much smaller audience.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

TWC doesn't sponsor racing????

 

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Paying $200 and not to have this channel that's showcases LIVE events in which get highest ratings is a shame. I strongly recommend adding this.
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Need to get fuel channel or fox sports 2. I might be changing tv providers.
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Re: Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)


@ebl11 wrote:

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.


Gee I see "Mr. Ted" has editied your post! Inquiring minds would maybe wonder what "that" was all about? NOT that Ted would limiting the negative input!

Love Ya Long Time GI.

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Not sure what the idea was with Ted's editing job.  Why did he pick the 31st post on a thread that is 1002 posts long to edit and repost?  Maybe he's just getting bored, knowing that Comcast is never going to give it's customers what they want; I mean, lets get real here...Comcast giving customers what they want?  No, it doen't work like that.  It's our duty as customers to take whatever Comcast can find cheap enough to shovel off to us, so they can justify charging us two hundred dollars plus a month just so we can see our local baseball team, and Game of Thrones.  Then we can say "thank you, may I have another........"

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What bothers me about all this is Comcast's refusal to let us know why these channels aren't available. (I also want MAVTV).  There has been speculation the reason that ATT Uverse have been showing Darts instead of NASCAR is that FOX bumped up their rates above the agreed rate for NASCAR and Basketball, claiming they were additions to the lineup.  Personally I wouldn’t mind them putting these channels into an enhance sports package where if we want them, we pay extra.  I’m willing to pay extra for the channels.  Just make them available.  If they don’t, I will pay Dish for them.

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>Personally I wouldn’t mind them putting these channels into an enhance sports package where if we want them, we pay extra.

 

FOX won't allow Comcast to do that.

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Then Fox can stuff them

both. The only reason I watch FS1 is NASCAR. The time has come where customers should be able to alacart their cable. I know MAVTV allows it because Dish has it in a sportsman package. The games Fox it playing with UVerse is total BS. Interesting to see when NASCAR switches to NBC sports, the games Comcast will play with other providers. 

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Fox/FS1,2 no longer have the rights to Wheelan, NBCSN have all the NASCAR touring series rights.No idea about Live or not however

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@Ctstreetrodder wrote:

@ebl11 wrote:

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.


Gee I see "Mr. Ted" has editied your post! Inquiring minds would maybe wonder what "that" was all about? NOT that Ted would limiting the negative input!

Love Ya Long Time GI.


I edited the title of that post about a year ago (5/1/2014) so that the topic would be easier for all to find. 

 

Also, I "stickied" this thread (floated it to the top of this page in 2014 sometime) so it would be easier for all to locate, find and post. 

 

Thanks for your continued feedback.  

 

 


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@SpeedBuggy wrote:

What bothers me about all this is Comcast's refusal to let us know why these channels aren't available. (I also want MAVTV).  There has been speculation the reason that ATT Uverse have been showing Darts instead of NASCAR is that FOX bumped up their rates above the agreed rate for NASCAR and Basketball, claiming they were additions to the lineup.  Personally I wouldn’t mind them putting these channels into an enhance sports package where if we want them, we pay extra.  I’m willing to pay extra for the channels.  Just make them available.  If they don’t, I will pay Dish for them.


Apologies. I gave some general responses as to why this channel is not available in all areas in this thread a few times.

 

At the risk of repeating, I can do so again for any newcomers to this topic: 

 

We certainly realize that anything short of a post that says "Comcast is adding Fox Sports 2 in all areas on this date and your monthly cable bill won't go up" will not be a satisfactory answer for most.

 

Unfortunately, we don't have an expected date for an announcement for the Fox Sports 2 in additional Comcast areas. We do offer Fox Sports 2 in some areas. 

 

I do know that our programming teams meet regularly with Fox on this and other topics. The conversations are ongoing.

 

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 are then spread across all of our customers who receive this channel, not just to those who want to pay individually for that specific service or a Sports Package.

The Comcast employees who participate in these forums certainly pass along any collective feedback, interests and concerns to our programming teams. Apologies if I did not state that previously.

 

 


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So, Mr. COmcastTed, can you explain why in Comcast's annoucment, made back in Aug of 2013 that BOTH Fox Sports 1 AND Fox Sports 2 were coming to our lineup when SPEED went away?  We've now been waiting for over 18 months and we are no closer now than we were.

 

so, was COMCAST lying back in Aug. of 2013 when they said both were coming?

 

 

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@Jalpa_Mike wrote:

So, Mr. COmcastTed, can you explain why in Comcast's annoucment, made back in Aug of 2013 that BOTH Fox Sports 1 AND Fox Sports 2 were coming to our lineup when SPEED went away?  We've now been waiting for over 18 months and we are no closer now than we were.

 

so, was COMCAST lying back in Aug. of 2013 when they said both were coming?

 

 


Mike,

 

 

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Its sad I guess some day Comcast will eventually offer FS2 but it sounds like it will be like the rest , in order to get 1 channel you want you will also have to pay for 25 ya dont want in the least .

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@Jalpa_Mike wrote:

So, Mr. COmcastTed, can you explain why in Comcast's annoucment, made back in Aug of 2013 that BOTH Fox Sports 1 AND Fox Sports 2 were coming to our lineup when SPEED went away?  We've now been waiting for over 18 months and we are no closer now than we were.

 

so, was COMCAST lying back in Aug. of 2013 when they said both were coming?

 

 


Mike,

 

Pay NO attention to the mirrors & smoke, nor the voice from behind the curtain!!!!

 The "company line", better known as Bovine Scatology will soon be regurgitated. 

 

The ONLY thing that Comcast will pay attention to is the sounds of exiting customers. Until the vast majority of people that wants FS2 "grows some" & votes with there subscriptions, you will take your poundings & love it!!!!  Some of us are locked into contracts BUT those of you that are not, should be looking to another provider that will give you the service desired. It should be crystal clear to even a blind man that Comcast has no desire to do anything but dominate the market & pay no attention to their subscribers. Self evident with their national customer ratings in the past SEVERAL years. They've managed to have a strangle hold on "Last Place" . Do not call Customer No Service & complain as they have shown on several occasions that they will do "not so nice things" to your account name, if you are labeled a complainer!!!!  These are just the facts & not my opinion.

 

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Yep, we always get these channels nobody wants like "Al-Gore-Zera".

 

i learned long ago to not contact customer service.  You get nowhere.  There is a reason why they are in last place.  They seem to be proud of that ranking since they don't seem to be in any hurry at all to provide the channel that they themselves promised 18+ months ago.

 

 

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I don't understand why FS2 is only available in some areas since it is a nationwide,not local,station? And Xfinity is a Nascar sponsor! How & why is such a deal made? There's even a petition on Fox Sports Race Hub site, which I signed, to get FS2! So it all comes back to Comcast.

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@lipstickcat wrote:

I don't understand why FS2 is only available in some areas since it is a nationwide,not local,station? And Xfinity is a Nascar sponsor! How & why is such a deal made? There's even a petition on Fox Sports Race Hub site, which I signed, to get FS2! So it all comes back to Comcast.


Comcast does offer Fox Sports 2 in some markets based on some existing contractual obligations. Some of these could be contractual obligations inherited from the previous cable provider. 


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Re: Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV)


@ComcastTeds wrote:

@lipstickcat wrote:

I don't understand why FS2 is only available in some areas since it is a nationwide,not local,station? And Xfinity is a Nascar sponsor! How & why is such a deal made? There's even a petition on Fox Sports Race Hub site, which I signed, to get FS2! So it all comes back to Comcast.


Comcast does offer Fox Sports 2 in some markets based on some existing contractual obligations. Some of these could be contractual obligations inherited from the previous cable provider. 


Hi Ted,

 

You bring up an interesting subject. You state "Some of these could be contractual obligations inherited from the previous cable provider." Would you be so kind as to tell us how many of these markets have FS2 because of a "Legacy Contract" and how many markets FS2 was actually added to the lineup without a legacy contract dictating that Comcast MUST carry FS2? Is it not true that when the contractual period is terminated, that Comcast has no plans , at this time, to continue making FS2 available in these markets?

 

 

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@Ctstreetrodder wrote:

@ComcastTeds wrote:

@lipstickcat wrote:

I don't understand why FS2 is only available in some areas since it is a nationwide,not local,station? And Xfinity is a Nascar sponsor! How & why is such a deal made? There's even a petition on Fox Sports Race Hub site, which I signed, to get FS2! So it all comes back to Comcast.


Comcast does offer Fox Sports 2 in some markets based on some existing contractual obligations. Some of these could be contractual obligations inherited from the previous cable provider. 


Hi Ted,

 

You bring up an interesting subject. You state "Some of these could be contractual obligations inherited from the previous cable provider." Would you be so kind as to tell us how many of these markets have FS2 because of a "Legacy Contract" and how many markets FS2 was actually added to the lineup without a legacy contract dictating that Comcast MUST carry FS2? Is it not true that when the contractual period is terminated, that Comcast has no plans , at this time, to continue making FS2 available in these markets?

 

 


We don't have any announcements to make regarding additional locations for the addition of Fox Sports 2 at this time.

 

We also don't have an expected date for an announcement for the Fox Sports 2 in additional Comcast areas.

 

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

 

 


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I still have an issue with the fact that I can't talk to anyone, in the know, locally.  I'm sure there are more people than the techs and the people at the office taking your money and telling you we can't do anything about your requests or complaints.

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What Ted is saying is no Fox Sports 2 will be added to your lineup if you don't already have it for the foreseeable future.
So there you have it. Change providers for better sports channels. Comcast is only spending cash on internet speed upgrades currently.
I'll be switching from this X1 garbage after my contract expires. 2yrs is coming to a close!
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@ComcastTeds wrote:

@SpeedBuggy wrote:

What bothers me about all this is Comcast's refusal to let us know why these channels aren't available. (I also want MAVTV).  There has been speculation the reason that ATT Uverse have been showing Darts instead of NASCAR is that FOX bumped up their rates above the agreed rate for NASCAR and Basketball, claiming they were additions to the lineup.  Personally I wouldn’t mind them putting these channels into an enhance sports package where if we want them, we pay extra.  I’m willing to pay extra for the channels.  Just make them available.  If they don’t, I will pay Dish for them.


Apologies. I gave some general responses as to why this channel is not available in all areas in this thread a few times.

 

At the risk of repeating, I can do so again for any newcomers to this topic: 

 

We certainly realize that anything short of a post that says "Comcast is adding Fox Sports 2 in all areas on this date and your monthly cable bill won't go up" will not be a satisfactory answer for most.

 

 

 


Why do you assume that people will not be willing to pay more for FS2? My monthly cable bill keeps going up and I still have the same poor service. In fact, Comcast added a new regional sports "fee" and I did not get anything in return. Maybe you should use some of that extra money to pay Fox for FS2. I don't mind paying more if I actually get something in return, but instead I get the worst of both worlds: I pay more and still don't get anything in return. Comcast cannot claim that they are concerned with raising their customers monthly bills when they unnecessarily raise bills all the time. 

 

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Fox Sports 2 not a Comcast Channel

WHY WHY WHY?  Does Comcast (xfinity) not carry Fox Sports 2??? It is utterly ridiculous that programming on Fox Sports gets moved around on a whim when programs run over, rain delay, or whatever.  BUT when Comcast does not carry all of the Fox Sports channels the viewer is missing out if their sport is the one that is rerouted.

 

Other companies carry all of the Fox Sports stations.  I play for multiple packages so that I can watch soccer.  When will this be rectified?? I have tried to be a loyal comcast customer and have been for years.

 

What are you doing with all the $$$ I have been giving to you?

Thanks.

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Re: What about FOX SOCCER PLUS???

Went to watch the Sunday night MLS match tonight on FSC 1 and found NASCAR instead. Scroll said that the game was moved to FSC 2, of course Comcast doesn't carry that, so we are out of luck. Brilliant. Why do I have two different FSC 1 channel numbers with the same content and no FSC 2? Will Comcast please tune into what their customers actually want to see? In my area, soccer is much bigger than NASCAR. Wake up! Where does one go to make a request anyway?

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@mccoy86 wrote:

@ComcastTeds wrote:

@SpeedBuggy wrote:

What bothers me about all this is Comcast's refusal to let us know why these channels aren't available. (I also want MAVTV).  There has been speculation the reason that ATT Uverse have been showing Darts instead of NASCAR is that FOX bumped up their rates above the agreed rate for NASCAR and Basketball, claiming they were additions to the lineup.  Personally I wouldn’t mind them putting these channels into an enhance sports package where if we want them, we pay extra.  I’m willing to pay extra for the channels.  Just make them available.  If they don’t, I will pay Dish for them.


Apologies. I gave some general responses as to why this channel is not available in all areas in this thread a few times.

 

At the risk of repeating, I can do so again for any newcomers to this topic: 

 

We certainly realize that anything short of a post that says "Comcast is adding Fox Sports 2 in all areas on this date and your monthly cable bill won't go up" will not be a satisfactory answer for most.

 

 

 


Why do you assume that people will not be willing to pay more for FS2? My monthly cable bill keeps going up and I still have the same poor service. In fact, Comcast added a new regional sports "fee" and I did not get anything in return. Maybe you should use some of that extra money to pay Fox for FS2. I don't mind paying more if I actually get something in return, but instead I get the worst of both worlds: I pay more and still don't get anything in return. Comcast cannot claim that they are concerned with raising their customers monthly bills when they unnecessarily raise bills all the time. 

 


Apologies. That "extra money" is going to pay for the additional charges for existing sports programming and sports channels costs that is already being incurred. 

 

As mentioned earlier, we are not currently permitted to add Fox Sports 2 to a tiered Sports Package. 

 

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.


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Re: What about FOX SOCCER PLUS???


@MediumAl wrote:

Went to watch the Sunday night MLS match tonight on FSC 1 and found NASCAR instead. Scroll said that the game was moved to FSC 2, of course Comcast doesn't carry that, so we are out of luck. Brilliant. Why do I have two different FSC 1 channel numbers with the same content and no FSC 2? Will Comcast please tune into what their customers actually want to see? In my area, soccer is much bigger than NASCAR. Wake up! Where does one go to make a request anyway?


To clarify, duplicate "mirrored" channels (like having FS1 on two separate channels in the channel lineup) do not take up additional bandwidth or channel space. 

 

The multiple channel locations are simply presented as an optional channel entry points for our customers. 

 

 

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;

 

 

We certainly realize that anything short of a post that says "Comcast is adding Fox Sports 2 in all areas on this date and your monthly cable bill won't go up" will not be a satisfactory answer for most.

 

We don't have any announcements to make regarding additional locations for the addition of Fox Sports 2 at this time. We also don't have an expected date for an announcement for the Fox Sports 2 in additional Comcast areas. I'm not currently aware of any decisions to remove or add Fox Sports 2 in any locations. Any potential channel additions or deletions would be communicated ahead of time according to any FCC and local franchise requirements.

 

We don’t currently have an agreement to add Fox Sports 2 to any Sports Package, as much as we might want to.

 

Comcast does offer Fox Sports 2 in some markets based on some existing contractual obligations. 

 

There are other video providers (likely in your area) that may offer Fox Sports 2.

 

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. A contract and agreement to terms is required before we can offer any channel to our customers.  These need to be terms that make sense for both parties and for our customers.    

 

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.


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!

 

  

If you are interested in both sides of the story, you should also ask Fox Sports 2 why they don't have more distribution on Comcast and other video providers, you can do that here: http://msn.foxsports.com/feedback  

 

Apologies that Fox has chosen to put some of their high profile events on one of their least distributed cable channels.

 

It takes two parties to negotiate and come to an equitable agreement for carriage of any cable network. Below is a quote from Mediacomm (a peer video provider) from early 2013 that I think helps illustrate the situation.  

“Contrary to accusations by industry critics, cable companies are reluctant to raise video subscriber rates because when we do, we lose customers. Mediacom does not make more money when we raise video prices, since we remit virtually every penny of the increase on to the content owners. Over the last three years, the increase in our programming costs was more than double the increase in video revenues, even after taking our subscriber rate increases and equipment charges into account.”

 

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’s not always as easy as saying, “hey, some (or most) of our customers want this this, let’s 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.


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