Fox Sports

The only good thing that has come out of Sky taking over FSN is that the channel airs much more live content compared to the old format where often the same 1/2 hour bulletin would be repeated a few times in-a-row.

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But is the content watchable? It is meant to be a news channel. Dip in, get some results, go elsewhere…

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Also a lot more live press conferences too, which I found to be lacking when Fox Sports were running it. On that point, kudos to Sky.

You just can’t escape the feeling of amateurishness though nowadays. Audio issues are still there, and there are a lot more cases of a reporter doubling as a camera operator (quite obvious in some cases) than before Sky News took over. It’s the small things too - gone are the really nice customised wind socks they had, instead being replaced by plain old mic flags.

At least the graphics are still there… for now at least!

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The audio issues is by far the worst. Poor microphones and noise in the background. It’s horrific.

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The Australian reports Daily Mail Australia editor-in-chief Luke McIlveen is leaving the website to return to News Corp, where he will take up the new role of executive editor at Fox Sports, with a dual broadcast and digital remit across online, live sport and magazine programs, such as NRL 360.

beIN SPORTS CONNECT app

Popular sports app joins Fox Sports app and WatchESPN app as part of a Foxtel sports subscription at no extra charge*

Foxtel today announced that Foxtel subscribers, whose subscription includes the Sports pack, now have access to sports programming via the beIN SPORTS CONNECT app, as part of their existing subscription, at no extra cost.

Today’s news means that Foxtel subscribers have another way to keep up with all of the live sporting action and sports commentary from beIN SPORTS’ popular magazine shows on smartphones, tablets, PC and Mac. The app’s arrival for Foxtel subscribers comes just as the European Football season kicks off with LaLiga, Serie A and Bundesliga starting this weekend. Plus, from this weekend beIN SPORTS will broadcast the Turkish Super Lig in Australia with live coverage of Kasimpasa vs. Besiktas, Osmanlispor vs. Galatsaray and Fenerbahce vs. Trabzonspor, all available live via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

The beIN SPORTS CONNECT app offers linear streams of beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2 & beIN SPORTS 3 channels, plus access to additional games not available on the beIN SPORTS channels including every game of the UEFA Champions League, every LaLiga game, every UEFA Europa League game, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Leah O’Gorman, Foxtel’s General Manager, Sport Partnerships, said, “Sport fans are becoming increasingly mobile and take their love of the game with them to enjoy wherever and whenever they want. The addition of beIN SPORTS CONNECT to our existing sports app line up, including the Fox Sports app and WatchESPN, maximises the value of a Foxtel sports subscription and keeps fans in the game regardless of whether they’re in the living room, on vacation, or taking a sneaky look during their lunchbreak.”

beIN SPORTS CONNECT complements Foxtel’s three beIN SPORTS channels and brings subscribers 24/7 access to live streaming of the beIN SPORTS TV channels, plus more catch up games and highlights shows. Subscribers can download it from the Apple app store or Google Play or access online via https://connect-au.beinsports.com/en.

WatchESPN streams the best of international sport on your tablet, smartphone or PC offering access to a range of live international sports, online only events and matches simulcast with ESPN television including NFL, NBA, MLB ESPN Films and more.

The FOX SPORTS app features news, fast scores, live match stats and more, including additional camera feeds of Supercars, Formula 1™ and MotoGP events; NRL, Super Rugby and A-League matches on demand, plus popular magazine shows including AFL 360, Back Page and others.

*Subscribers must be an existing Foxtel Sports customer to access content from beIN SPORTS Connect, the FOX SPORTS app and WatchESPN. Existing subscription fees apply. Requires compatible smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac. Internet connection required. ISP and data charges apply.

On the FOX Footy Channel right now, there is a very lengthy promo (featuring the song “Here” by Briggs) for the FOX League Channel.

Didn’t expect to be seeing that.

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Fox Sports has just secured the broadcast rights to Australia’s cricket tour of Bangladesh which starts this week. The Sunday Telegraph reports the recent pay dispute between CA and Australian Cricketers’ Association played a major role in pushing negotiations down to the wire, but a deal was finally signed last week.

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Any word on whether they’ll be hosting coverage from Fox Sports studios in Aus, like they did with the India series earlier this year (hosted by Brendon Julian with Allan Border/Mark Waugh/Brad Haddin etc)?

They’ve done that for most overseas series so I would say yes.

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AUSTRALIA V BANGLADESH LIVE

TWO TEST SERIES BEGINS AUGUST 27, 2017

EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR AVAILABLE FOR FOXTEL SUBSCRIBERS OR STREAMED INSTANTLY ON FOXTEL’S NEWLY ANNOUNCED STREAMING SERVICE, FOXTEL NOW

FOX SPORTS today announced they will deliver EXCLUSIVELY LIVE coverage of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh ensuring cricket fans around the country don’t miss a moment of the action.

Beginning August 27 in Dhaka, Steve Smith’s men will take on the locals across two Tests in what will be their last outing before they host the Ashes on home soil.

Following recent maiden Test victories over Sri Lanka and England, it will be a buoyant Bangladesh outfit who take on the Aussies when play gets underway in one week followed by the second test match in Chittagong on September 4.

And with today’s news, fans will be able to watch start-to-finish LIVE and HIGH DEFINITION coverage on FOX SPORTS. Fans can get instant access with Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action LIVE within minutes.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “This is a great outcome for cricket lovers. There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it’s fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on FOX SPORTS. We know there is only a week until the first test but with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes – it’s the perfect excuse to try.”

MD Moinul Haque Chowdury, CEO, TSM said: “Total Sports Marketing is delighted to work with FOX SPORTS to bring the test matches to Australian Spectators”.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

Bangladesh v Australia Test 1:

Begins Sun 27 Aug – Thu 31 Aug. Daily LIVE coverage from 1.50pm EST on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507)

Bangladesh v Australia Test 2:

Begins Mon 4 Sep – Fri 8 Sep. Daily LIVE coverage from 1.50pm EST on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507)

FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now and subscribers can take the action with them on the go with the Foxtel App. Fans can sign up to a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial and stream LIVE within minutes. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

Doesn’t look like Fox Sports will have a panel as coverage begins only 10 minutes before the first ball. Doesn’t look like there will be much cricket played unfortunately too as it’s monsoon season in Bangladesh - lots of rain predicted. I wonder if we’ll get to see an episode of Cricket Legends or two?!!

You mean the millions of times it gets aired isn’t enough for you?

Haha, a hint of sarcasm from me Wally! While I think Cricket Legends is a great show, when you can almost answer Crash’s questions to Mike Whitney word for word, then I think that means you’ve watched it one too many times!

I’d like to see Fox Sports show some older matches during rain delays, like they showed throughout the recent Champions Trophy. They obviously have plenty in their archives…bring it out and broadcast it!

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Just saw an ad for Wide World Of Sports summer of cricket on Fox Sports 507 during the Aus vs Ban test match!

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Yeah that took me by surprise.

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Supercars: FOX SPORTS launches dedicated Bathurst Channel for 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

FOX SPORTS’ dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel, on Foxtel, will return on October 2, delivering week-long entertainment and around-the-clock action from the most iconic event on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar.

FOX SPORTS 506 will become the home of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with every session LIVE, continuous and in HD. Fans can also get instant access via Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action LIVE within minutes.

In addition to start-to-finish coverage LIVE from Mount Panorama, the pop up channel will feature several new entertainment programs, a number of old favourites, plus classic races throughout the week.

Jess Yates and Russell Ingall countdown Bathurst’s most unforgettable moments on the all-new Bathurst Top 10 Shootout, at 7.30pm EST on October 2.

Fans can relive the biggest crashes, the most nailbiting finishes and controversial moments ever seen at The Great Race. Fans can also have their say on what features on the show via a social media poll on FOX SPORTS’ Facebook page in the lead up to the premiere.

Bathurst Legends returns at 8.30pm to delve into the folklore of The Great Race and some of the most memorable stories to have emerged from the mountain.

This year’s episode takes an in-depth look at 2006; the haunting year that Mount Panorama claimed Mark Porter’s life, Peter Brock passed away, and his mentee, Craig Lowndes went on to claim his second Bathurst victory.

FOX SPORTS will pay tribute to some of the biggest names to have conquered the mountain in Bathurst Heroes & Legends, premiering on October 3 at 7.30pm.

Neil Crompton will be joined by Allan Moffat, Jim Richards, Fred Gibson, Colin Bond and Mike Raymond for the 60-minute program that will examine some of the finest achievements of these legendary drivers.

Inside Supercars returns at 6.30pm on October 4, with Mark Skaife, Greg Rust, Greg Murphy, Crompton and Yates on hand to preview the action ahead.

Attention turns to the track from October 5, with Skaife and Crompton calling each session, while Ingall and Yates analyse the action and all the big talking points across the weekend.

Then on October 6, Pit Lane LIVE returns to take viewers behind the scenes as drivers and teams prepare for the biggest race weekend of the year. The show will also feature the Grand Final of the Pirtek Pit Stop Challenge, where the four fastest crews of the 2017 season compete for $25,000 and the Golden Rattle Gun Trophy.

FOX SPORTS’ Supercars 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 team radios, live timing and racing stats, car telemetry for all 26 Supercars and an up to the minute blog of key events during each race.

Australia’s number one multi-sport website, foxsports.com.au will also be the destination to follow the action online, with a dedicated Bathurst 1000 page featuring the latest news, highlights, and race information.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: THE BATHURST CHANNEL

All times AEST on FOX SPORTS 506

MONDAY 2 OCTOBER

12:00am — The Bathurst Channel switches on

7:30pm — Bathurst Top 10 Shootout with Jess Yates and Russell Ingall

8:30pm — Bathurst Legends: 2006

TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER

7:30pm — Bathurst Heroes & Legends

WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER

6:30pm — Inside Supercars

THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER

7:15am — Coverage of Practice Day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER

7:30am — Coverage of Qualifying Day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

6:30pm — Pit Lane LIVE

SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER

8:00am — Coverage of Top 10 Shootout Day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER

7:15am — Coverage of Race Day at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

A playout error on Fox Sports 506 just before, advertising tickets to the EJ Whitten Legends game (which was played earlier this evening and has now well and truly finished).

EDIT: another one just aired, must not have been taken out of rotation yet.

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Foxtel unveils massive spring sport offering

Get set for a super spring of sport with Foxtel’s biggest ever line-up of live and exclusive sport kicking off this month from Australia and across the globe, including motorsports, rugby, tennis, cricket, AFL, NRL, football and more.

Across Foxtel’s seven FOX SPORTS channels, dedicated pop up channels, ESPN, EUROSPORT and beIN SPORTS, fans can experience all the action this spring as it happens LIVE and in HIGH DEFINITION, ensuring they never miss a single incredible sporting moment.

Highlights include:

NRL AND AFL FINALS SERIES

The NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP’s top eight has been decided and the countdown is on to the 2017 finals series. Will minor premiers Melbourne Storm continue their dominance in pursuit of Premiership glory? The Roosters and Broncos kick off the finals series this Friday night, followed by the Storm v Eels on Saturday afternoon then Sea Eagles v Panthers Saturday night with Sharks v Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

FOX LEAGUE, Foxtel’s dedicated 24/7 rugby league channel, is the only place to watch every match LIVE in HD and ad-break free across September.

As the TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP reaches the pointy end FOX FOOTY will be the best place to watch all the Qualifying, Elimination, Semi and Preliminary Finals LIVE in HD, with no ad breaks siren to siren all on a dedicated 24/7 channel. September on FOX FOOTY is packed with special events including the Players MVP Award, Longest Kick, and the Grand Final Parade. In addition, FOX FOOTY’s weekly line-up of entertainment shows will keep fans informed across the week.

FOX FOOTY’s unrivalled commentary team includes the biggest names in the game: Eddie McGuire, Sandy Roberts, Sarah Jones, Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown, Dermott Brereton, Dwayne Russell, Alastair Lynch, David King, Brad Johnson, Gerard Healy, Mark Ricciuto, Mark Maclure, Cameron Mooney, Ben Dixon, Nick Dal Santo, Anthony Hudson and Jon Ralph.

RUGBY UNION

THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP continues in September with six huge clashes kicking off with a Wallabies v Springboks showdown in Perth on September 9. The World Champion All Blacks continue their charge squaring off against Argentina on September 9 and 30, and South Africa on September 16.

On October 21 the Wallabies and All Blacks square off for the last time in 2017 during the third BLEDISLOE CUP 2017 FINAL CLASH, airing LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX SPORTS.

The Wallabies will also take on the Barbarians on October 28 LIVE on FOX SPORTS in their final game on home soil before kicking off on their Spring Tour.

THE WALLABIES TOUR of Europe will air in full on beIN SPORTS starting with a showdown against Wales on November 12. Michael Cheika’s team rounds out its season against England on November 19 and Scotland on November 25.

The feast of rugby continues on beIN SPORTS with the EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP where Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra laces up for Toulon after his NRL season finishes. Watch the stars who have become household Wallabies names including: Scott Fardy, Christian Lealiifano, James Horwill, Joe Tomane, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Will Skelton and Matt Toomua – mixing it with the best players on the continent.

European Champions Cup Rugby will bring the FRENCH TOP 14 to Eurosport, which will see Semi Radradra joining the Toulon line up after his NRL season finishes; plus former Wallabies players Joe Tomane, Jesse Mogg, Mike Harris, Liam Gill, Leroy Houston, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Mowen will also take part in the action.

FOOTBALL

The Socceroos continue their campaign to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup on September 5 with their WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: SOCCEROOS V THAILAND match. The clash is a must win for Ange Postecoglou’s side as they look to push for a top two spot and secure automatic qualification at the World Cup in Russia next year. FOX SPORTS will showcase the action LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD.

Meanwhile, the HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE returns for its 13th instalment on October 6 with a blockbuster-opening three weeks set to keep fans on the edge of their seats. FOX SPORTS will once again deliver LIVE, ad-break free during play and HD coverage of every game from Australia’s premier domestic football competition. The season kicks off with Melbourne City playing host to Brisbane Roar, with the defending champion Sky Blues in action against Melbourne Victory in a Grand Final rematch the following day.

2017 also marks the 10th anniversary season of the WESTFIELD W-LEAGUE, and FOX SPORTS will be proudly airing two matches a week.

Football fans can also catch up on the best in world Football as the action heats up on beIN SPORTS, which brings LALIGA, SERIE A & BUNDESLIGA and LIGUE 1 plus the upcoming EL CLASSICO between Barcelona FC and Real Madrid slated for December.

TENNIS

ESPN continues its live coverage of the US OPEN from New York in September. While last year’s final had Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka beating Serbian star Novak Djokovic to take his third major title, this year may feature a different cast of characters. Swiss talent Roger Federer, Spanish star Rafael Nadal and Great Britain’s Andy Murray can be expected to make noise in New York. The absence of Serena Williams and a surprise Roland Garros win by Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko makes the women’s side unpredictable and unmissable.

Fans can also tune in to US OPEN PRIMETIME with Stephanie Brantz, 8pm each and every day during the tournament to keep across the latest and best of the day’s action, including highlights, reviews and previews. ESPN is the only place to get every game of the US Open LIVE along with ATP Tennis.

beIN SPORTS also brings a host of incredible on court action with its LIVE coverage of the WTA.

CRICKET

Australia’s tour of India begins on September 17, and FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch the AUSTRALIA V INDIA One Day International and T20 series EXCLUSIVELY LIVE and in HD across September and October. Skipper Steve Smith will lead the Aussies across five ODIs and three T20s with big hitter Dave Warner returning to the side. FOX SPORTS is also the exclusive broadcast host of the ENGLAND V WEST INDIES (September); SOUTH AFRICA V BANGLADESH (October); and NEW ZEALAND V WEST INDIES (November).

MOTORSPORT

The SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 cranks into gear from October 5, and FOX SPORTS will once again deliver unparalleled coverage on a dedicated 24/7 pop up channel. In addition to LIVE, HD and continuous coverage of every session, the pop up channel, which switches on October 2, will feature classic races and a number of entertainment programs to keep fans informed across the week, including Pit Lane LIVE, Bathurst Legends and Inside Supercars. FOX SPORTS’ Supercars commentary team is spearheaded by six-time Bathurst winner, Mark Skaife, alongside ‘The Enforcer’ Russell Ingall and Jessica Yates.

Then on October 20 the MotoGP™ gets underway as the best two-wheel riders in the world head to Australia for the MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX. Championship leader Marc Marquez will look to repeat last year’s success, while Aussie Jack Miller will be gunning to improve on his season best sixth place finish. FOX SPORTS will showcase every MotoGP, practice, qualifying session and race LIVE in HD with no ad-breaks from lights out to the chequered flag.

FOX SPORTS is also the only place you’ll see all eight FORMULA 1 races, which will see Australia’s own Daniel Riccardo and Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen battle it out for supremacy.

BASKETBALL

There will be more basketball this spring with coverage of the NBL and WNBL LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

The 2017/18 NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE season explodes into action on October 5, when the Adelaide 36ers host Melbourne United in the opening clash. Fans will get to see two Grand Final rematches in the first month of the competition, with defending champions, Perth Wildcats and Illawarra Hawks squaring off on October 13 and 26. FOX SPORTS will show every game LIVE, with no ad breaks during play in HIGH DEFINITION with the country’s best commentary team spearheading the coverage.

The WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBAL LEAGUE returns to television on October 5, with FOX SPORTS set to broadcast a minimum of one game per week, plus every Finals match LIVE and in HD.

The Boomers begin their road to the FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP on November 24, when they clash with the Philippines, Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first stage of the Asian Qualifiers. FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch every Boomers game LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD.

AMERICAN SPORTS

The NFL kicks off on September 8 for what is always a short and intense season, with only 16 games for a team to earn a spot in the playoffs. Coverage of the NFL airs all season on ESPN/ESPN2, LIVE and on short-turnaround. ESPN is the home of NFL in Australia with Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

September is also a big month in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB), and ESPN/ESPN2 will feature LIVE coverage of final regular season games, promising some truly tantalizing confrontations. October brings the long-awaited season finale with the arrival of the MLB PLAYOFFS (from October
4) and the MLB WORLD SERIES (from October 25), shown LIVE and on short-turnaround on ESPN/ESPN2, plus fans can catch EVERY game of the MLB Post season LIVE across ESPN and WatchESPN.

And the 72nd season of the NBA tips off with coverage of top games airing LIVE and on short- turnaround throughout the season on ESPN/ESPN2. While the Warriors and Cavaliers clearly open as favourites, the new season promises to dish up some tasty action and compelling rivalries.

October and November will see all of the action of the US MLS CUP PLAYOFFS covered live on beIN SPORTS

RACING

Finally, fans can be sure to enjoy the SPRING CARNIVAL coverage in Sydney and Melbourne as well as THE EVEREST IN SYDNEY, boasting the richest turf race in the world, which takes place on October 14 all on Sky Racing.

Just noticed the slight layout change to the menu and header of the Fox Sports website. Not a fan at all.

And their app continues to be a giant piece of shit, especially push notifications.

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