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Fox Soccer Plus Scheduled To Launch March 1, 2010


Fox Soccer Channel will announce Tuesday that it’ll launch it’s second all-soccer network named Fox Soccer Plus on March 1, 2010, according to the Associated Press.

The news comes almost one week after EPL Talk broke the story that Fox had acquired the trademark and domain name to Fox Soccer Plus and that Fox was involved in negotiations to acquire Setanta Sports US. According to the Associated Press, Fox Soccer Plus “will draw content from Setanta USA, whose sublicenses with Fox are expiring.”

Setanta Sports US will continue showing Premier League games on its network and broadband channel between now and March 1. After March 1, Setanta US will no longer sub-license Premier League games according to Sports Business Journal.

In addition to the Premier League, Fox Soccer Plus will televise matches of the European Champions League, FA Cup and the Italian Serie A.

In the meantime, Fox is continuing discussions to acquire Setanta Sports and a decision is expected this week, sources confirmed to EPL Talk on Monday.

As far as Premier League coverage, Setanta Sports US has several significant games scheduled to appear on its network between now and March 1 including Manchester United v Burnley (January 16) and Wolves versus Liverpool (January 26) as well as Carling Cup semi-finals featuring the Manchester derby and Blackburn versus Aston Villa.

UPDATE: Fox Soccer Plus will begin showing Premier League games on the weekend of March 6, as well as FA Cup quarter-finals and Serie A. The Premier League has yet to finalize the TV schedule, so it’s not known at press time which matches will be televised. Also, Fox Soccer Plus will be broadcast in HD.

Fox Soccer Plus will be offered to video providers across the country and be available to viewers as a premium service. No price has been specified but I wouldn’t be surprised if the monthly fee would be $15.

Fox Soccer Channel has created a “Fox Soccer Plus Channel Finder” to help tell you whether your local cable or satellite provider will show the channel. They’ve also set up a toll-free number at 1-877-810-KICK if you’d like to request Fox Soccer Plus in your area.

Please post your comments below whether Fox Soccer Plus is available in your area or not!

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  1. kwolfgramm

    August 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

    please ask Comcast to carry this channel…I’m missing out on all the good rugby games.

  2. dlink09

    August 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    below is the actual conversation i had

    XXX:do you know when will FSC HD channel be avialalble?
    XXX: We do not have an ETA however it should be available soon.

    XXX:are you sure when you say soon 🙂 don’t mess with me please. don’t take it wrong way. after watching world cup soccer in HD, its hard to watch in SD
    XXX: I understand that, however we have received many channel requests and am also forwarding your request.

    XXX: ok thanks.
    XXX: Hence they might consider to add it soon.

  3. dlink09

    August 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    i didn’t know by adding Games and Sports Tier($4.50 a month) you get FSC+.
    spoke to time warner Carolinas rep today, he said FSC HD is coming pretty soon. no date yet, i assume in August.

  4. Marjorie

    August 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Just spoke to ATT U-Verse in CT and they have no plan to add FS+ . Too bad. Hoping gets to improve its platform from last season. Any news as to when will announce subscription plans and their live EPL schedule? Nothing on their website.

  5. Sylvester Teh

    March 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I have a question and not a comment. When will att U-Verse be able to provide Fox Soccer plus channel to their customers? The people at U-Verse dont even know what one is talking about when you call them. It’s quite frustrating!

  6. karen

    March 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    i want more rugby on tv, and your channel is not doing that, even though setanta did not show it all the time, at least we got live games from all over the world, directv is not going to do anything so you better satisfy your customers, or else,

  7. ron

    March 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    “Author: Red Veteran
    Just watching Stoke – Spurs live on FSC+ (DirecTV). Picture quality is absolutely shocking.”

    Red, you might want to get a new TV. I’m watching it on my Pioneer elite 50” plasma TV and the picture (DirecTV) is great. Not HD, but great.

  8. Red Veteran

    March 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Just watching Stoke – Spurs live on FSC+ (DirecTV). Picture quality is absolutely shocking.

  9. MARK

    March 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I would even be willing to see the rugby internationals on a one or two day tape delay and I am not too concerned whether its HD or not. I am having problems trying to connect to the rugby on JustinTV . Their chat/scroll area keeps deleting my queries, as if I am participating in some copyright infringment. Who knows? mayby I am. Please sign the attached petition. If enough people sign on , they WILL do the math and be more accommidating to us Thank You~~~~~Mark

  10. john

    March 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    beside 6nation dont show on fsc plus,it dont matter anyway setanta us didint show a game live only replay,rest of the rugby games that being show on setanta us live,its on fsc plus,im ok with that with the tri nation around the corner,cant wait for that,as for some of you guys wanna hook up your laptop to your plasma via hdmi check out veetle just google veetle,its a site just like justin tv,whats different about this site theres no such thing as low quality HD and normal tv quality is there from FSC to other soccer channel,if you cancel your sub than veetle is the place you wanna end up at.

  11. Ron

    March 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Get your HDMI cables here. + $5.00 shipping.

  12. MARK

    March 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks Gerry, I appreciate the help, but I have not found a reliable online source source for rugby. that is the first step. Thank You~~~Mark

  13. Mark

    March 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Keep up the good work Ron. Everyone needs to call Direct and raise hell.I cancelled my subscription when they cancelled Setanta and replaced it with FoxSoccer plus. Bollixed the whole thing up as far as Im concerned. I have been frantically searching for a replacement that will show me the Gaelic games, six nations rugby, Magners League & Heinekin Cup. Pissed off that I missed the Irish/Welsh game yesterday and the French/Italy games today. Also spent a lot of time trying to connect on computer with Justin tv to no avail.MANY SCAMS ON THE INTERNET, DONT GET SUCKERED IN. Anybody with a solution, let me know. Thanks

    • gerry

      March 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm are just as mad as i am w ith fsc /plus.
      if you send me your email address i will gladly send you directions how to hook up pc to fact the hdmi company that i got the cable from talked me through it .also its in the march edition of :consumers report’
      my email is…miss gaa six nations mutv ect…

      • yespage

        March 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

        Why does he need to send you an email?

        Besides, an HDMI connection from the computer to the TV is a waste unless you are sending true HD stuff to the tv. You can get a UXGA (VGA) cable that offers great resolution. Of course, you need the content before showing it on the screen in the first place.

        And as a pet peeve, don’t spend more than $10 or $15 on an HDMI or VGA cable! I think Big Box stores make 90% of their profit from the sale of cables alone.

  14. ron

    March 13, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Direct TV is the problem. They’re the ones who need to be called. They get the feed from FOX.
    My mistake.
    Ron. Old Soccer/Football – player, ref and coach for over 45 years. (really old).

  15. ron

    March 13, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Edited – Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Channel both get the HD signal. I believe they’re waiting to be able to charge more for the HD Soccer programming. That’s in addition to the present charges for HD.
    If everyone on these comments would CALL by phone & write emails to them to say this is BS, then Fox might get with the program. I’ll probably have to drop one of the channels. I don’t want hundreds of the US sports CHANNELS – American football,(the one that’s played with the hands), basketball – baseball, hockey etc. Just charge me $20 or so for JUST the 2 HD Soccer channels. and Rugby and eliminate all that other stuff.
    And stop with the baseball and other sport crawlers on the bottom of the screen. Then I can take the tape off the bottom 4” of my TV.
    Sheeesh already!!

  16. ron

    March 13, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Soccer Channel both get the HD signal. I believe they’re waiting to be able to charge more for the HD Soccer programming. That’s in addition to the present charges for HD.
    If everyone on these comments would CALL by phone & write emails to them to say this is BS, then Fox might get with the program. I’ll probably have to drop one of the channels. I don’t want hundreds of the US sports – American football,(the one that’s played with the hands), basketball – baseball, hockey etc. Just charge me $20 or so for JUST the 2 HD Soccer channels. and Rugby and eliminate all that other stuff.
    And stop with the baseball and other sport crawlers on the bottom of the screen. Then I can take the tape off the bottom 4” of my TV.
    Sheeesh already!!

  17. Red Veteran

    March 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    FOX SOCCER CHANNEL PLUS on DirecTV is a huge disappointment for me. No HD, just the same things as on FSC for an additional monthly fee of $15.

  18. AD

    March 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I just hope that they will include RUGBY, as Setanta did, and the Australian Rules and NRL. I mean how many soccer channels do we need?

  19. lisa

    March 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Just called AT&T the guy that I spoke to has never heard of FOX SOCCER CHANNEL PLUS. Cant find any info on it.

  20. David Hawkins

    March 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have FSC Plus on Dish Network channel 406… Turn on this morning. The channel is in SD as far as I know.

  21. Gooner_Romaine

    March 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    hey i was just on the phone with Verizon i was gonna cancel my setanta seing as todays the first of march and setanta is officialy done but the bloke told me that fox soccer plus will be taking over the place of setanta on that channel, they show alot of reruns and some decent things but i was looking forward to the ligue 1 matches on fox but i dont see them false advertising for 15 quid (usd) i could buy a cheap striper who would satisfy me more than this channel why o why no ligue 1 theres nothing to live for im moving back to london where BBC will broadcast all my needs.

  22. allan

    February 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I talked to DIRECTV rep today. They do not know when they will offer HD for this channel. FOX is full of BS! False advertising to get you not to cancel the $15.00 subscription. I called to cancel the FOX soccer channel because of the lousy picture quality thinking with ESPN now doing some transmission in HD I had enough with the two HD transmissions. Its bogus advertising.

  23. ron

    February 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Fox Sports Plus will be a high def. version of Setanta. Setanta has lost the rights to broadcast as they are bankrupt. Sky Sports has the rights and are selling the programming to Fox. Most of what Setanta used to broadcast will be the same, except it will be HD. It’s all supposed to start Mar. 1st. But what do I know? Ron.


    February 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm


    • gerry

      February 27, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      i watch rugby my self all on a delayed basis .the ireland v england game was live on bbc america ch.189 on verizon fios in ny.hope fox picks up all the setanta content as they had good rugby coverage..

    • Garry Purkiss

      March 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      I have just done some research and as it stands, this idiotic Fox Soccer Plus will only be showing some Premier Rugby games in England. It is all soccer, and about 2 games of Premiership Rugby one game a week (maybe) No Super 14, no Six Nations. If you have BBCA you can get to watch Six Nations now and then. If you think that when you converted from Setanta Sports to Fox Soccer Plus you were getting the same programming, think again. A big SOL….shit out of luck

  25. Natedog64

    February 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Just got notice that FOX soccer plus will replace Setanta on Verizon Fios in Howard County, MD. YES!!!!
    it is being priced exactly the same as Setanta ($14.99) and will be a direct replacement on channel 1009 in this area. So glad I’ll get my full fix for the rest of the season!!!!

  26. gerry

    February 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm


  27. Displaced Brit

    February 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    The whole reason I have Setanta Sports is to watch Rugby, and football (soccer). I really hope soccer plus means soccer and Rugby! I will be very disappointed if I can no longer watch Rugby here in the states!!

  28. allan

    February 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Am I missing something here? ! have Directv. If this will be the same price as Setanta charged and its in HD I may as well cancel the other existing Fox Soccer channel. I dont see any reason to pay Fox $25.00 a month when half the programming gives me a head ache from the lousy picture. I will take the HD channel any time. Not smart marketing from Fox!!

  29. ron

    February 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Fox Soccer Plus HD is going to cost $14.95 (according to FSC) On Direct.

    I’m planning to drop The Sports package on Direct TV – $11.00, (I was grandfathered in at that price). Setanta costs me $14.95. Setanta is going away, to be replaced with FSPlus.

    I get FSC on Direct via the Sports Package. It has masses of other sports, which I never watch, so I think I’ll be ahead.

  30. East Terrace

    February 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I just logged into my setanta-i account and there is a banner on the left hand side saying that will be available from February 27th. Any chance that FSC have managed to acquire the Setanta software platform as well as the content – perhaps they will provide an online version of the content for those who can’t get their local cable provider to step up.

    • ovalball

      February 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

      I believe Premium Sports will own the Setanta-i platform as of March 1. That is why you see their name and logo ghosted on the Setanta-i home page.

  31. Gaz Edmunds

    February 6, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Have to admit, charging the same money as Setanta is currently charging would be offside. As someone earlier said, anyone who would rather watch laggy coverage in crappy resolution on something like as opposed to paying a few extra dollars for the benefit of watching the same match in HD needs sorting out. However, Setanta also carried a lot more sport that was of global interest – in addition to their football, they had GAA and Six Nations. If FS+ is going to replace that with “football for the sake of football” – broadcasting high school matches or the like, then it certainly detracts from the value in my opinion.

    • allan

      February 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

      BBC america is carrying the 6 nations matches. I believe 3pm eastern time on Saturday on Directv

  32. Robert C. Cowden

    February 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    I am a big Soccer fan particularly the Colorodo Rapids but I have become addicted to Currie Cup Rugby and NRL since having Setanta. Not to metion the USA Eagles. I hope Fox Soccer plus will continue to cary these.

    I also hope one day there will a demand for broadcast of the Copa Libertadores in English in the states as it is one of the best futbol/soccer tournements in the world.

  33. Cantona

    February 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Just got an email (very quickly i might add) from DirecTv.
    DIRECTV is working with Fox to come to an agreement to offer Fox Soccer Plus so we can provide a seamless transition of all the same great content you’ve enjoyed on Setanta, including:
    – Rugby matches
    – Soccer matches from the top leagues, including the European Champions League, England’s Premier League, and more.

    Setanta programming will be available on Fox Soccer Plus. Upon DIRECTV and Fox’s completed agreement for Fox Soccer Plus, Setanta customers will automatically be eligible for the new channel. Fox Soccer Channel is not required.

    DIRECTV is in discussions with FOX to offer Fox Soccer Plus but have not reached an agreement yet. There isn’t anything you need to do at this time. Upon reaching an agreement with Fox for carriage of Fox Soccer
    Plus, DIRECTV would transition your Setanta programming over to Fox Soccer Plus automatically on March 1.

    ************ very very encouraging……….

  34. DRSchmitz

    January 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Here’s an e-mail I received from DirecTV on Jan. 29. Pretty unimpressive. I’ve told them I will seek an alternate service provider if these channel situations are not resolved by March 1. If you are a DirecTV subscriber, please contact them and complain.

    “While we don’t have plans to add Fox Soccer Channel in HD at this time, we’re working to bring you even more HD channels in the near future. Stay tuned to to keep up with the latest HD news.

    In addition, any proposed new channel are subject to change until a formal announcement is made, so I don’t have any information that I can share with you right now about the future of Setanta Sports. Our website is the best place to find the latest news and information about our service.”

    • Yespage

      January 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      You can’t particularly blame Directv for not having plans to show a channel that hasn’t even had it’s programming set yet. Give it some time… it isn’t even February yet.

  35. BobbyP

    January 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Well it looks like FSC HD has been uplinked on Dish Network, just waiting for then to flip the bloody switch.

    Setanta cannot survive without EPL and will most probably sell out to Fox. That way they can just re-name the channel and make it FSC+. Think about it, that way they don’t have to upload another channel.

    The best way to watch all UK Tv including Sky Sports for free is buy one of your UK friends or family members a HD Slingbox when you visit them (if you are from England). That is what I did and can watch on my laptop and my cell phone.

  36. Dan

    January 30, 2010 at 2:52 am

    They should be paying us $14.99 a month after making us watch their low budget, low-definition telecasts for the last 5+ years.

  37. 3dworldcupfan

    January 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    yeah man..if you watch fox soccer channel you’ll see their hd logo is now up..they’re streaming HD, but now the cable and satellite companies have to make room for them..the problem is that a lot of them are full with their bandwidth so they have to free them up, directv said the new satellite will have room for 200 more hd channels, they will make room for a lot of channels like lifetime, hallmark, bbc america,etc…there’s a whole bunch of channels that stream in hd but directv doesn’t have room for them until now..sometime in feb or march we’ll have a whole bunch more..can’t wait! also, directv announced new dvrs for 2 rooms, so now you don’t have to buy an hd receiver for each room , but it will be like dishnetwork where 2 rooms can share the dvr..waaay cool!

  38. 3dworldcupfan

    January 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    hey! it’s official…fox soccer launched hd today, i called directv they said they’re still testing their new satellite and will add a bunch of new channels in the next month or we still have to wait…bummer! i want my hd now!!!!!!

    • Screwhead728

      January 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      You serious? Wow, hopefully we get to have it by March 1, cause I already want FSC in HD and FSC Plus

  39. joe

    January 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    very very sad about this,i sub for setanta because of the rugby,now it will gone,i have nomore access to live rugby anymore here in the states just shame

  40. John

    January 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Really dreading the switch if no rugby is involved. I have watched maybe one US football game in the past 4 years. Its no comparison. Rugby is sport/competition first, compared to bloated, commercialized NFL. Just no comparison. I hope someone picks up Rubgy. I will pay for both international soccer and rugby on separate channels if necessary.

  41. milissa

    January 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Setanta-i is gone for the US as well come 2/28

  42. milissa

    January 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    “I hope that setanta sport will survive. I will not miss the football as I suscribed only because of the Rugby. Just replace the EPL by the French Top 14 , extended coverage of the Super 14 and bring back the Rugby League, all games of the six nations, and start showing the USA superleague. Also bring back Aussie rules… ”

    Ahhh what a beautiful dream. I’d pay double of what I’m paying now if that is what I could get. Finding televised Rugby in the US is next to impossible and online it’s just as difficult especially for Top 14

  43. Thomas

    January 27, 2010 at 10:49 am

  44. jonrambo

    January 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    does this mean i can get rid of setanta?!! lol 😀

  45. worldcupin3d?

    January 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    analog really sucs! and it’s bad for the vision, i have directv, they want me to pay $10 for sports pak, and i have to pay another $10 to get espn2, which really sucs, because that’s where all the futbol games are, and now we’re supposed to pay who knows what for more channels? can’t they just bundle everything to one package already! p.s. is anyone else excited about watching the world cup in 3d? of course you have to buy a $10,000 tv and another $2,000 for who knows what for subscription! but in the end,if i had the money, it’s worth it!


    January 23, 2010 at 2:00 am

    BoringArsenal … $79.99 package sounds like what they charge bars/pubs to have a premium sports channel. Has something to do with that fact that they broadcast it to more than a set number of people. They do the same thing with Setanta.


  47. boringarsenal

    January 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Gaffer, While I was watching the Arsenal match today at my local pub, a mate of mine remarked that DIRECTV was going to charge $79.99 a year for Fox Soccer Plus; he tells me that this came from his pal at DIRECTV. It sounds possible, but really, by the time this new channel becomes available, the football season will only have two months left!

    • The Gaffer

      January 21, 2010 at 6:41 am

      BoringArsenal, first I’m hearing of that rumor, but put your mate in touch with me so I can find out more details.

      The Gaffer

  48. Henry

    January 20, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Rugby is the reason I subscribed to Setanta. I love soccer, but between Gol-TV, FSC, and ESPN there was more than enough soccer to suit me. In fact the only thing I gained in value soccerwise by subscribing to Setanta is that I got to see a few more Arsenal matches. So I’m with Yespage in that I would never subscribe to FS+ if all it offered was more soccer. However an HD channel with the same content Setanta USA currently has, I would be willing to pay double Setanta’s rate to get that.

  49. Yespage

    January 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    The winner with Setanta is the 24/7 service. FSC has a ton of paid programming. It’s nice to have the option to watch rugby or NZ/Aussie content in late night or the Gaelic sports (in the summer). How would FSC Plus even function as far as 24 hour programming? If rugby isn’t including, I’m not really keen on paying $15 a month to watch a couple additional matches a week.

    Really, what is the point of announcing something if you really don’t even know what you are going to show overall. Serie A and a couple EPL matches isn’t going to be enough for me to pull the trigger, rugby adds the additional material to make subscribing worth it. And as far as HD, are these matches even aired in HD in Europe?

  50. Tony

    January 16, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    it was bad enough when Fox Sports World changed their name then dumped all their non-soccer stuff to Setanta. If FS+ kills off Setanta and doesn’t pick up it’s rugby and GAA, there’s no way I’m paying $15 for that.

  51. masterblaster

    January 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Do people want to be able to watch the EPL for free? Even in the States, people don’t get more than 5 out of 15 NFL games per week unless they pay $300 per year or more. Same thing with the NBA, NHL, and MLB for a bit lesser payment. If you’re a fan of a pro team in the US not living in that area, it’s a must you pay for one of these services to see all of your team’s games.

    With this, we are talking across the Atlantic Ocean…

    • Matthew N

      January 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

      I’m perfectly fine with paying for it.. I don’t see how people can expect it for free when you can’t even watch domestic sports free (like you said).

    • AmplifiedtoRock

      January 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Spot on. Whinging about having to pay more money for more football is proof, to me, that Americans have become spoiled with the sheer amount of coverage available in this country. Any football fan worthy of the name would gladly fork over the cash necessary to watch legal, quality coverage of the game they love.

      My gut tells me that once Fox Soccer Plus debuts and is airing Premiership and La Liga matches in HD, a lot of minds will change. Things will be great for a bit before they find something else to whinge about.

  52. jilld

    January 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    IF this Fox deal goes through they should at least make sure they buy Dempsey and Dolan from Setanta Ireland’s studio and bring them over here to help boost the coverage

    • Pete

      February 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Oh god no. They are the worst thing about Setanta.

  53. NC yid

    January 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Well I spoke with Brian Peterson on the phone and he said and confirmed that they sent out offers to others, but he couldn’t say how everything was going. The channel will most likely be pay as I asked would it be a pay channel and he said “that is still in negotiation”. Seeing what the other channel offers and seeing how they will have HD we will most likely have to pay for HD, the new channel and that could come out to at least 30 bucks extra a month. That really sucks. Plus paying for the HD service in general. Not only that, but we will be losing Ligue 1, Championship, Carling cup, and Im sure a few games to blackout. This to me is getting the short end of the stick. Setanta also offered Rugby and other things as well. To me this is not a fair trade off at all for what Setanta was offering and furthermore FSC has that stupid Dreamteam show which should be taken out and done away with. So FSC will be cheap and rake in the dough maybe to get a start, but if they make profit and don’t add Carling Cup and try and get other leagues in the door I will probably have to say good bye Fox you did me wrong.

    • man99utd

      January 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      me too mate. Sorry, but I’ll just nick the feeds from the web. I love football, but in America $30 is just a little steep for all but the diehard supporters who have a little extra cash. If FSC also goes rogue, I’ll be done altogther. I hate to say it, but I’ll be hoping ESPN gets all the rights 3 years from now.

  54. Luke

    January 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I hope the Championship and Carling Cup will still be shown. If I’m not mistaken Setanta shows the playoffs for the Championship and the playoff final. It would be a shame to miss out on those.

  55. OC

    January 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    If Fox wants to charge us 15$ for this channel then F*** them, im not paying for it.

  56. Steven

    January 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I think reading the language in Fox’s publicity launch it appears certain to me that they will look for the extra $15 for Fox soccer +.
    For me its not that much of a concern, it really is worth it to me see pretty much every game that my team features in.
    The pain for me is in waiting for my cable provider to offer this channel.
    I really will miss Setanta though, especially the online component, Setanta-i, which after the upgrade last year was just superb.

  57. man99utd

    January 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I get FSC, Gol TV, NFL Network, and MLB for $5. I can’t see why Comcast would think they could pull an additional $15 from me for FS+. Each provider will have to make that choice. I’ve done without it thus far, I can continue without it if need be. Love football, but family first,,,,,,cheers.

  58. Jeff

    January 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah, I get priced out of having all the channels, and I only watch Arsenal matches now anyway, so I’ve started using the computer, and watching matches on Tape Delay when they become available on the Arsenal web site.

    If a cable or satellite provider could bundle the soccer content (ESPN 1 and 2, Fox 1 and 2, Gol TV) for an attractive price, I’d definitely go for it, but I’ve had my cable bill hit $150/month (cable internet + soccer channels) trying to get all the soccer channels.

  59. John

    January 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I ask myself, will DirecTV demand another $15 on top of the $12 they already get for the so called ‘Sports Tier’.
    And the answer I fear will be yes.
    My t.v. spending ceiling has been reached and smashed through.
    Flip a coin, pick one channel and turn on the radio a lot more.

  60. Ryan M Liddell

    January 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    So long as an available entity continues broadcasting the CC Championship.
    I’m an annual subscriber to Setanta-i for only that reason.

  61. Tim

    January 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Would have prefered if this channel was Fox Sports World as that channel use to show rugby. If would be good if Setanta remained to show rugby but they would have to drop there price. I was so happy to see Setanta arrive in Chicago and just as I was thinking about getting the channel this happens.

  62. JR

    January 13, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Horrible, horrible, horrible.

    Goodbye, EPL — I can’t give $$ directly to the Murdochians. FSC is a terrible channel, and they’ll throw in their cheap-looking commercials and infomercials on the pay-TV channel as well.

    Fox has completely ruined everything they’ve touched.

  63. Victor888

    January 13, 2010 at 11:01 am

    It is good for a new HD channel is born, however, will there be enough Native HD programmes for running the channel? From what I knew, some of their soccer content are not available in HD, I mean overseas HD transmission. Like the FA Cup, Carling Cup, although they have full HD transmission in UK, but the overseas signal provider IMG Media are not likely to provide HD signals towards other countries, at least it does not stated inside the catalogue shown on their website. I was worrying about whether an HD channel will full of “upscaling” programmes in it.

    Concerning about the situation of Setanta US, especially the French Ligue1, Setanta US has become the last resort of English-speaking broadcaster after Setanta UK collapsed, if the story of FOX accquring Setanta is true, I hold a doubt on whether FOX would accquire the French League as well.

    For the rugby rights, since Setanta has accquired a rugby league rights recently, so there is something that can be bargain. My thinking of this case would be like this. First, FOX accquires Setanta, and then set up a premium channel for rugby some time later. Second one will be FOX sublicensing the rugby rights to DirecTV and let DirecTV to open up a rugby channel, just like the premium tennis, cricket, MLS Direct Kick, etc

  64. masterblaster

    January 13, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Question, Gaffer? If FSC buys Setanta, do they get their channel on Dish and DirecTV? If so, would they also get SetantaXtra and be able to run a third game on that channel on DirecTV?

  65. Ryan

    January 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Not on Cablevision in Connecticut. >=(

  66. Robert George

    January 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Fox wants to buy Setanta Sports! What does Setanta have that FOX don’t have?

    Man Utd TV
    Chelsea TV
    Space on Dish and Direct TV
    Availabilty on some cable TV Networks
    Championship Soccer

    These are something that Fox would love to get t here hands on.

    • masterblaster

      January 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Carling Cup

  67. LI Matt

    January 13, 2010 at 5:33 am

    … whether Fox Soccer Plus is available in your area or not!

    Computer says “No”…. 🙁

  68. patrick

    January 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I hope that setanta sport will survive. I will not miss the football as I suscribed only because of the Rugby. Just replace the EPL by the French Top 14 , extended coverage of the Super 14 and bring back the Rugby League, all games of the six nations, and start showing the USA superleague. Also bring back Aussie rules…

    • ovalball

      January 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

      “Just replace the EPL by the French Top 14 , extended coverage of the Super 14 and bring back the Rugby League, all games of the six nations, and start showing the USA superleague. Also bring back Aussie rules…”

      In your dreams……and mine.

      • Gaz

        January 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

        Maybe that’s the way forward for Setanta-i? Rugby channel for the US.

        I won’t be paying for that, though.

  69. maw4bc

    January 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I wish every channel would just allow their content to be available per their website. As other people have noted, the on-demand features of and setanta-i are incredible. There is no worrying about forgetting to set the DVR and they are available anytime/anywhere. For someone that travels frequently this is a great feature.

  70. Civrock

    January 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Probably part of the supposedly still ongoing talks between FSI and Setanta, allowing them to continue broadcasting EPL until the launch of FSC+ in March, Setanta US’ successor respectively replacement after the inevitable acquisition.

  71. Jay A.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

  72. Jay A.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    From SetantaUS twitter page (

    “Setanta confirms that it is continuing to schedule EPL games as normal & has now set its schedule of games for Feb.”

  73. brn442

    January 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Fox needs to get more content. It’s great to relieve congestion on CL Wednesdays and on the weekend but right now they can barely fill up FSC with soccer related content.

  74. Andy Bisig

    January 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Just as long as they have every Liverpool match live i will be happy and pay whatever amount…Will this change have any effect on that? So far this season there hasnt been one missed on either fsc, setanta or espn:)

  75. Joe

    January 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Maybe Santana can be saved by getting more league 1 and 2 Games Its a shame i cant get something like Direct Kick every single game for any team or league i follow

    The EPL CC Leag1 or 2 should follow MLB model for online

    • jmansor

      January 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      I agree. Give me a League Package in HD/Computer for any league in the world. They are leaving money on the table.

  76. Terry

    January 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Zipcode 20910: Fox Soccer Plus is not avaialable on FIOS, RCN or Comcast. (Setanta is available on FIOS and RCN.)

    Does anyone have a zipcode for any Charter system that claims to have FSC HD? Also, it’s one thing to say they have it, it is another to actually have the content in HD.

    Conspiracy Theory: Is FSI creating “FS+” merely as a negotiating ploy to buy Setanta at a cheaper price?

    • Terry

      January 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      That’s a Maryland zip…

  77. yaro5

    January 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Gaffer, any ideas what will happen to Setanta i ?
    Personally I think it is one of the best broadband services. Wouldn’t it make sense for FSC to keep it going and give them an online presence, which they don’t have now.

    • The Gaffer

      January 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      yaro, it all depends on what happens between Fox and Setanta and if Fox acquires Setanta US. The is superior to However, I believe is also used by Setanta Ireland customers and other Setanta customers around the world.

      As soon as I know more, I’ll post it in a new article on this site.

      The Gaffer

      • ovalball

        January 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        As a side note on that, my December yearly renewal for Setanta-i (yes, I’m brilliant) was paid to “Setanta Sport North America, Dublin”.

  78. Hood Rich

    January 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    When is FSC HD coming to Dish Network?

  79. Ref John

    January 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I receive TWC in the eastern Carolinas, FSC is included in the digital package they offer ,along with 10 kid’s channels, 20 shopping channels, a dozen religious channels etc. It also includes the BBC and a few others that I actually watch. With the relationship shown between TWC and Fox the chances of me receiving FS+ are not very good. If I go to satelite then I will end up paying for a sports package, the FS+ package and $10.00 more for HD which in this economy can be a stretch. Yes any football match is a blessing here in the south states, but when you love the game you yern for quality matches to view. Not necessarily the top of the table one’s but the better offerings of the day. Maybe I am just an anachronist, but I feel football should be a right enjoyed by all and not the Hicks & Gillett approach to life.

  80. ovalball

    January 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Well, I know I’m repeating myself from earlier posts, but since this has stirred the pot once again, here we go.

    For Time Warner subscribers: To my knowledge, TWC allows its regional managers to make these kinds of decisions. FSC+/FSCHD will be a region by region decision based on economic viability by local managers.

    Here in eastern North Carolina I never expect to see either. The demand is simply not there. Someone living in Raleigh might have a chance…..and so forth and so on across the sate and country.

    I’m hoping Setanta-i gets morphed into something else by Fox, but won’t be holding my breath.

  81. Gaz

    January 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Everything that matters will be on FS / FS+.

    Also, am I right in assuming that people are upset about the possibility of $15 for FS+ and continuing the $5 for FS?

    That’s what you pay now with FS and Setanta-i!

    However, you get all the games on a television instead of a tiny, laptop screen and a lot of games in HD.

    Good news even if it is the “worse case scenario”.

  82. David the Yank

    January 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

    The on-demand features of and are simply awesome. If you forget to set your DVR (or don’t have multiple-channel DVR capacity). The pay-per-month nature of (and free nature of if you use the right broadband provider) are also nice. What is for on-demand? Pay-per-view? But only for past games, not live ones? I would like to see fox acquire setanta and keep (rebranded if necessary, but with the pipes already built) going. My guess is the problem will be $15 to your cable company for FSC+, and another $x to for internet access. Hopefully we’ll know more by next week.

  83. Toby

    January 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Looks like it is currently unavailable on Comcast in Colorado.

  84. Ref Johgn

    January 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Just Great! I have TWC hear in the states and it has already shown how
    well they get along. This will probably end football viewing without an
    added and substantial cost. If Fox holds to what has become expected of them; FSC will no longer show any of the better matches. I just pray that the internet with its choppy feeds will be able to partially smooth the hunger and thirst that haunts my sole for the love of football.

    • ju-ac

      January 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

      I think the added cost is inevitable as soccer grows in popularity. I believe we have had it very sweet in terms of cost for all we get. $15 for Setanta and maybe $5-20 extra for access to FSC & GolTV gave us EPL, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga, Bundesliga, SPL, FA Cup, Carling Cup, Champions League, etc, etc.

      With the added cost of setting up HD channels, as well as ESPN presumably getting into the bidding for future rights, we can only expect costs to us to go up.

  85. Martin

    January 12, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Anyone else feeling that FSC HD now may not happen til later? Maybe March 1st, 2010 as well? We’re almost halfway through January 2010, and still nothing but unconfirmed reports of it being available in “some markets” (absent picture or article, I don’t believe this). This whole “coming soon” business I see during broadcasts coupled with this news of FSC+ going live in HD on March 1st, makes me think FSC may go HD at that time as well. I hope I’m wrong.

    • jmansor

      January 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

      I fear FSC HD will be pushed off as well. I don’t believe it is really on any provider right now.

      • ju-ac

        January 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

        For one of the best places to keep up with who carries which HD channel, do a google search for: Official AVS National HD. The first result should be the right one.

        The chart is updated monthly or so, and users constantly post current updates as HD channels are added to various carriers.

        Regarding FSC HD, the guy who manages this chart wrote on 1/10/10, “I accidentally glossed right over the fact that FSC HD is live on some Charter systems”

  86. Steven

    January 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Thanks Civrock,
    Agree on the above,
    I have lived in a number of apartments here in Sf, and none of them have been to suitable to install Direct TV, hence my Comcast nightmare

  87. jleau

    January 12, 2010 at 10:21 am


    Any word if FSC+ content will be available as part of I’m hoping I don’t have to miss any games waiting for charter to get their act together.

    • The Gaffer

      January 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

      jleau, that’s the million dollar question right now. I would envision that some of the FSC+ content would be available there, but it’s too early to tell right now. I’m sure we’ll find out more between now and March 1.

      The Gaffer

  88. Steven

    January 12, 2010 at 10:08 am

    They have just added Setanta to Comcast here in San fran in the last couple of months. I fear there will be a significant delay between Fox Soccer + going online and it being picked up by Comcast. I used to have Setant-I to round out my viewing, now I won’t even have that. Finally after beingf in the US for years I was able to see all the games I want and now that’s gone.
    Does anyone have any info as to when Comcast will begin showing Fox HD?

    • Civrock

      January 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

      That’s why I switched from cable TV (Charter) to satellite (DirecTV)… delays based on cable bandwidth and especially market interests are very annoying when you’re fan of less popular channels, like soccer. Unless you’re in a hispanic market with lots of soccer fans, you’re going to wait forever to get certain channels, not to mention HD versions of them.

      Satellite TV providers have a lot more flexibility when it comes to channel additions and HD feeds. Only downside is the dish which comes with certain requirements not everybody is able to provide.

    • Stevie

      January 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I spoke with a customer service representative in the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area this morning and she said that Comcast and Fox are in negotiations to carry FSC HD and that an announcement is likely by month’s end.

      The representative said that Comcast has no information about FS+ since it is a ways off.

  89. Will

    January 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    If FS+ becomes a premium channel, what types of EPL will it show. Will FSC now add these games into their pool and pick the best matches and show them on FSC, or will the games acquired from Setanta be segregated from FSC and shown on FS+

    • The Gaffer

      January 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Will, I believe it’ll be the latter but we’re going on very little information at the moment because the negotiations between Fox and Setanta are still ongoing.

      The Gaffer

      • ju-ac

        January 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

        If Fox acquires Setanta then we can assume they will acquire Ligue 1 rights with it? Are Ligue 1 matches shown in HD in France? It would be nice to have Ligue 1 available in HD as well.

  90. AP

    January 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Oh god, i have AT&T Uverse. God knows when it’ll come in through them.

  91. erosroadie

    January 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I have FSC on DirecTV because I susbscribe to the Sports Pack. If DirecTV adds FSC+ to the Sports Pack, that will be great! If they add it as a separate subscription, with fee, I will not add it.

    • john

      January 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm


      Thats why I never paid for Setanta. I found it ridiculous I payed 15 bucks for the sports pack (many channels) and had to pay an additional 15 bucks for ONE CHANNEL (2 if u count Setanta Xtra I guess)

  92. man99utd

    January 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

    It doesn’t make sense that FSI would charge the same amount as Setanta. Why would they go to all this trouble for an additional 65,000 subscribers as stated in earlier articles. Setanta was available on DirecTV, Dish, etc… and they couldn’t muster any more than that????

    • ju-ac

      January 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

      But the difference with FSC+ is that it will be in HD, Fox will likely shift many of Big 4 and other big matches onto it, and interest should increase due to World Cup.

    • Fletch Spigner

      January 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

      FS+ HD > Setanta SD. Simple as that!

      Of course if you are really into Russian Premier League then I guess you might be disappointed (I’m being serious-no offense to anybody!). It’s just that most of us would put EPL in HD above any other content if we had to make a choice.

      Thanks! Fletch

    • Civrock

      January 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

      The big difference will be the far better coverage of big competitions and leagues, and in HD (big selling point).

      Setanta’s fairly low number of subscribers is mainly due to the competition provided by FSC in sports packages which vary between $5-$10 usually. Why spend $15 for an additional channel when you already have most of the coverage the average soccer fan in the US needs?
      I’m just picking this number out of the air but at least 90% of soccer fans don’t care who’s playing as long as it’s known teams and more importantly, good soccer. Most people don’t actually follow a specific club.

      Personally I very much hope that FOX takes both channels out of sports tiers/packages and adds their own soccer premium offer. This way they have pretty much no competition (with itself, even) because GolTV’s coverage is rather limited and less appealing to the average soccer viewer and ESPN’s two main channels are available everywhere without additional fees, therefore not adding financial competition (besides that their soccer coverage is very limited when compared to FSC).
      I’d pay $15/month for FSC HD/FSC+ HD in their own package. A dream for any soccer fan with HDTV (in my opinion, anyway). 🙂

  93. Fletch Spigner

    January 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    One more thing: March 1st is a popular date… Unless I am crazy, no one can actually view FSC in HD at the current time. The channel finder only tells a few Charter subscribers that it will be available but for the vast majority of us, it is not. Doesn’t mean that it won’t be available, just that it’s not official yet.

    It’s widely known that DirecTV just launched a new satellite capable of increasing their HD offerings to over 200 HD channels (and maybe even some 3D HD channels). DirecTV is saying that they will begin broadcasting these new HD channels (whatever they are) in the “second quarter” of 2010… in other words, March 1st. I know this is just DirecTV but there are a lot of DirecTV subscribers here and one can only hope that FSC and FS+ will be offered in HD at that time.

    Obviously, if DirecTV offered it, Dish, Time Warner, Comcast, etc. would eventually follow suit, just like they did with Setanta.

    • Efrain

      January 12, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Fletch, I hope you are right about Direct Tv and the “2nd quarter March 1.” But, technically, the 2nd quarter does not begin until April 1st. March 1 is the last month of 1st quarter.

      Dont mean to be anal, but I have a feeling there will be a gap between when FSC Plus is launched and when Direc picks them up.

      HOpe I am wrong!!

      • Fletch Spigner

        January 12, 2010 at 10:03 am


        No worries! You are definitely correct! March 1st, April 1st, heck August 1st… all would be fine with me in the long run. I just figure all of this is going to happen around the same time give or take a few months. I’m sure by this time next year we will all have settled in to the “new normal” for soccer viewing, whatever that may be!

        Thanks! Fletch

    • Ryan

      January 12, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Fletch I hope your are right but I have Cablevision and they are the biggest nazis when it comes to adding channls/content. I live in Connecticut the home of ESPN and I don’t get ESPNU(HD), ESPN New HD, or ESPN360, we don’t get Setanta, and to get ESPNDeportes you have to have the Spanish package. The only nice thing is FSC and FSE is part of the normal digital cable package and GolTV is in the sports package.

  94. AP

    January 12, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I’m the kinda guy who tries to watch all available matches simultaneously. What i do right now is watch one game on the telly (FSC) and another on my computer online (via Setanta-i). Yes, i can concentrate on 2 games at once.

    I really hope FS+ acquires the platform for setanta-i and offers online streaming. That would make my day. FSC’s online platform is just shite (they don’t really show live games as often as setanta-i).

    Actually, if this online platform is cheaper, that would really make my day.

  95. Fletch Spigner

    January 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    If we read the official Fox Sports press release (also quoted in the UPDATE above) which is easily available on the Fox Soccer Plus web site, we can see that “Fox Soccer Plus will be offered to video providers across the country and will be available to viewers as a premium service.” Simple as this: FS+ will cost $15-ish just like Setanta and, if Setanta isn’t acquired by FSI, they will kill Setanta’s subscription base. So, it will behoove Setanta to sell to FSI and their content will essentially be replaced by the content on FS+.

    I see no chance of this being offered as part of a sports package, which I am personally fine with since I have been paying for Setanta for three years. I would think that if you have access to Setanta now through your cable or Satellite provider, it is very likely you will have access to FS+ as an alternative or in addition to Setanta.

    Setanta should definitely sell because folks like me aren’t going to subscribe to both FS+ and Setanta. Just my thoughts!

  96. jmansor

    January 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Haven’t we learned with these channel finders with the HD launch? I have never seen any areas actually getting FSC HD. Anyone having luck with FS+??

  97. pall_good

    January 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

    This is all making my headspin. I would setanta for the SPL, but I’m not paying $30 a month (if both are 15). I may just cancel them both and use my PS3 to watch the internet feeds off my tv. I’m sick of these channels and this game that never seems to end.

  98. man99utd

    January 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Theres a phone number on the link Civrock provided above to enquire about provider coverage. It doesn’t actually tell you anything other than it will be a premium serivce and to call your cable provider and request they carry it. As stated above I don’t see $15 increasing coverage. It’s not a bad price, but it’s a bad economic environment. Cheers to the Gaffer for the scoop of the year….again

  99. Civrock

    January 12, 2010 at 7:03 am

  100. Transic

    January 12, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Let’s hope both FSC and FS+ get enough distribution to seriously challenge ESPN for the rights to the World Cup after 2014.

    • nikesb

      January 12, 2010 at 7:13 am

      so you hope we pay a premium to watch the World Cup 2014

      no thank you….i prefer
      espn/espn2/espn360/abc/espn deportes/espn classic

      • tlas

        January 12, 2010 at 7:29 am

        I don’t know if he knows about FS+ being a premium channel but I just don’t think he is advocating that. More like he likes the idea of Fox starting another soccer channel so that there are more options for stuff like the World Cup.

      • sucka99

        January 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

        how about fox/fsn/fx/fsc/fsc+/fstv

  101. Dos Angeles

    January 12, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Has anyone else heard the ramblings about ESPN acquiring GolTV and turning ESPN Classic into “ESPN Soccernet”?

    • tlas

      January 12, 2010 at 7:09 am

      It makes as much sense as Versus getting into the soccer coverage business. If ESPN buys Gol TV, you can guarantee that they’re not keeping the Gol TV brand. They’d brand anything they acquire “ESPN __” Gol TV already has Spanish and English-language channels. One of them could be turned into “Soccernet” and the other either “Soccernet en Espanol” or merged with ESPNDeportes.

    • sucka99

      January 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      that rumor has been around for years. ESPN Soccernet is ESPN Deportes. ESPN english channels will forget about soccer after the world cup.

  102. Civrock

    January 12, 2010 at 3:34 am

    And so the plot thickens…

    I hope my theory comes true as I don’t want to be tempted to pay for both the sports package on DirecTV, which I’m getting exclusively for FSC (soon in HD), and FSC+ in HD as a separate premium channel. I’d be much more willing to pay a premium price for both in the same package than individually, even if $15/month, as I’m sure many other potential subscribers of this new channel would be.

    From a business point of view and especially after looking at the results of Setanta’s plan so far, it’d end up making more money overall if the channels are made available to a wider audience instead of being too restrictive (customer pricing as well as carrier coverage agreements). The non-existance of direct competition available for a lower price (in sports packages, usually) and with better coverage, which FSC was for Setanta so far, also helps.

    • sucka99

      January 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      problem is – FSC changed their name and got nielsen rated because they want FSC to come off the sports tier and on to digital basic. they get more from unwitting subscriber fees than they do when people have to explicitly order the channel. instead of only soccer fans ordering, they want everyone who has digital service to be contributing 20 cents to their fees. including people who don’t watch soccer. They have that with Dish 250 and U-verse 100 now – they need it from Comcast and TWC, etc because they make more money that way.

  103. Ken

    January 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

    My prediction is that FSC+ will be HD for $15 and FSC will remain SD.

    Nothing else makes any logical sense.

    $7.50 per month per subscriber is the only incentive that will get providers to allocate the bandwidth for such a niche product as soccer (note I say that as a fan, but a realistic one).

    Buying Setanta USA just gets them an SD slot for those luddites who have $15 per month, but somehow don’t have an HD TV…

    • Civrock

      January 12, 2010 at 3:38 am

      FSC in HD has been announced, confirmed and is even available in some cable markets already. Fox Soccer will have two HD channels.

      There goes your “logical” prediction. 😉

      • bluefanmd

        January 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

        FSC HD is not available in any markets. They haven’t made the switch yet!

        • Civrock

          January 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

          That’s incorrect. There’s confirmed availability of FSC HD in some Charter cable markets. However that’s all I’ve been able to find so far.

          Likely, their carriage agreement with Charter in said markets was more or less prototype-ish and didn’t involve future additions like FSC+ or what they’re planning to turn Setanta into. We will see the real changes to Fox Soccer’s lineup once those discussions are finalized and announced, probably on satellite providers like DirecTV first.

          I’m assuming that we’ll see FSC HD up on many other carriers before the 18th of this month, in connection to recent news about pre-World Cup coverage in HD.

  104. JorgeCurioso

    January 12, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hmm, I wonder what a Max Bretos puppet would look like…

    • MNUfan1991

      January 12, 2010 at 7:59 am

      Like a muppet… like the real Max Bretos 🙂

  105. JorgeCurioso

    January 12, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Fox might buy Setanta? Wonderful news. Especially if they BRING BACK SPECIAL 1 TV!!!

    • Ken

      January 12, 2010 at 2:55 am

      That is a production of Setanta Ireland, which is still operating, so buying Setanta USA does not get you the rights to that. And there is no guarantee that the Special 1 TV people are still interested in continuing with it.

  106. Jay

    January 12, 2010 at 1:08 am

    If it doesn’t cost extra I’ll be happy because maybe we’ll see more Championship matches. IF we have to pay $15 then forget it…

  107. julia

    January 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

    What about Setanta-i – I only watch online. Any knowledge?

    • The Gaffer

      January 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

      No news about, right now.

      The Gaffer

  108. Dan

    January 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Meh, if it ends up a $15 premium channel I lose interest. that’s what we have now without the option to bait and switch games to the premium channel.

  109. Terry

    January 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Since FS+ will be a premium channel, the only bonus I see is if Setanta survives, then likely SPL would go live and there would be more Championship, Russian and French games. OTOH, if Fox buys Setanta, do they just change the name to FS+? Even as a premium service, some cable systems (Cox, Comcast) will be slow to add channels so their subscribers will miss some key games. Fios has space and DirecTV has a new satellite up, but they may have other channels in the works too. The fastest way for Fox to get FS+ up and running on the most systems is to capture and rename Setanta, which means we get exactly what we have right now… so why is everyone so excited???

  110. Cy

    January 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I hope Charter adds it to their sports package, but I won’t hold my breath.

  111. R.benjamin

    January 12, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Not super thrilled. My worry is that FSC shuffles the games weekly so that all big 4 games and/or best story line of the week and UEFA on FSC+. Which they charge $15 a month plus the $10 I pay for the sports package for fsc.
    With pre and post WC hype plus HD initially on the + driving the sales Setanta couldn’t muster.

    I hate to see this coming but from a ‘business’ perspective you have to admit it makes sense.

    • Tom

      January 12, 2010 at 11:32 am

      I agree with Benjamin. I think Fox will shift good games to Fox +, so we’re going to end up paying more for what we already get, or else we’ll have to settle for rubbish matches like Bolton-Wigan.

  112. Nathan

    January 12, 2010 at 12:05 am

    will fs+ have a ticker? Should they? Thoughts???

    • patrick

      January 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

      yes.. with viewer chants

  113. Ric

    January 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Any chance FSC+ would carry programming that’s also on FSE, but in English?

    FMF, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, more Argentine matches

    Overall, I’m guessing this isn’t going to be a major difference for those of us who have had Setanta. Sounds like same price, similar programming. Except for people who liked the rugby/gaelic sports

    • AmplifiedtoRock

      January 12, 2010 at 12:07 am

      FSE usually has a secondary audio track in English for most matches and some programmes. Is this not the case on your provider?

      As it is, FSC occasionally airs AFA matches in English.

    • Ryan

      January 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

      If you hit the SAP button on FSE it switches the comentary to English if there is any. I did this when FSE was showing Russia vs Wales world cup qualifier.

  114. Jay

    January 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    If this happens, and FSC and FS+ are both in HD, I’m putting two TV’s in the same room and never changing channels again. I’ll just have to turn them off on Monday nights during FFF.

    • masterblaster

      January 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

      On the rare days when there are no early Saturday games and ESPN shows one in HD as well as the two games on FSC and FSC+, you’re going to need three TV’s! How great!

  115. sucka99

    January 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    so other than the Rugby (and hurling) Setanta would retain the Carling Cup, MUTV, Chelsea TV, the Championship, Ligue 1 and various international competitions? for $15/mo?

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      Sucka99, everything is up in the air right now, but I would highly doubt that Setanta would be able to keep going after 3/1. When they lose the Premier League, I’m thinking the majority of their subscribers will leave and they may not be able to continue operating at that point.

      In the meantime, there’s a good chance Fox may acquire them this week.

      The Gaffer

      • patrick

        January 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

        there’s always hope that people forgot they even had it

      • Jason Gatties

        January 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

        As is typically the case with Gaffer lately, I couldn’t disagree more. If Setanta increased their rugby coverage, more rugby fans would be willing to subscribe and even at a higher price, they would pay whatever Setanta wanted them to pay.

        Right now, rugby takes a back seat to soccer on the network. The majority of the rugby coverage is delayed, even to the point where a “SDC” match actually comes on at 3 am. If more rugby were offered (live & delayed), people will subscribe. Many rugby fans couldn’t give a crap about soccer and Setanta was a soccer dominated network. And despite what some people like Gaffer may lead you to believe, there are more rugby fans in this country than most people think.

        Most soccer fans seem to think Setanta wouldn’t survive without the EPL & Champions League. That is a VERY narrow minded view. I’ve worked in TV in the past, I know what I’m talking about.

        • The Gaffer

          January 12, 2010 at 10:17 am

          Jason, I know you’re a huge rugby fan (and I enjoy the sport too), but I don’t think there’s enough subscribers out there to keep Setanta afloat. I could be completely wrong on this, and I would like to see Setanta continue. But if Fox ends up buying Setanta, I don’t see them continuing to show rugby.

          If Setanta has approximately 65,000 subscribers now, how many would remain after they lose the Premier League rights?

          The Gaffer

        • ju-ac

          January 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

          I originally subscribed to Setanta for access to EPL, but was pleasantly surprised to discover rugby as a result. I have grown to love and appreciate rugby and I wonder who will pick up rugby rights if Setanta gets aquired by Fox. I wouldn’t be surprised to see ESPN360 and Shane O’Rourke’s new Premium Sports Inc. pick up the U.S. rights for the various rugby leagues/competitions.

        • Mark Flint

          January 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

          You are fooling yourself Jason. No way Sentanta survives without the EPL. The only people who follow Rugby are those who actually play, and thats a miniscule number.

  116. Chris

    January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I just hope fox soccer channel would be smart and try to get thisw channel on cable companys that are very very smalll…this of the money they would make getting it on those cable companys and with FSC on others

  117. Eric Altshule

    January 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I think this is sensational news, and really shows how ESPN and Fox are trying to out-compete each other for soccer content. With that kind of competition, the giant beneficiaries are the consumers. It is also very clear to me that both networks are banking on a giant uptick of soccer appreciation from the World Cup. Both sides are investing heavily for the long-term, and I think we will all enjoy the fruits of that investment.

  118. Stearling

    January 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    All I want is some freaking live SPL!
    Is that so much to ask for?! 🙂

    • Ken

      January 12, 2010 at 2:47 am


    • patrick

      January 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

      followed by donkey cart racing

  119. masterblaster

    January 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Can anyone make suggestions for the likely scenarios for different television outlets? For example, is it highly likely DirecTV would add this to their sports package since they really don’t offer many stand-alone choices other than Setanta and it would seem foolish to give people FSC but then charge them more for the second tier of their coverage.

    Same for Dish, Uverse, et al. I would love the insight as I make a choice coming up on a new service.

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

      Masterblaster, it’s very likely that whatever satellite providers Setanta is on right now will be replaced by FSC+. Setanta is on DirecTV, Dish, Uverse, Verizon Fios and other providers.

      The Gaffer

  120. Jake Islas

    January 11, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Any word if it’s gonna be in HD? Will there be a monthly charge? Thanks, Gaffer, this is excellent news!!

  121. AmplifiedtoRock

    January 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    From what I’m reading, it sounds like Fox Soccer Plus will be separate from Setanta USA. It seems unlikely that Setanta will be able to stay afloat as a residential channel without the Premiership and Champions League, but then again, it started out without those licenses. So FSC and FS+ for the Premiership and Setanta for Ligue 1, Football League, SPL and rugby.

    At least that’s what I’m interpreting. Of course, Fox may decide to scrap the channel all together if they succeed in acquiring it, which they seem likely to do.

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      Amp, Fox is still in talks to acquire Setanta, so it could end being that Ligue 1, Championship, SPL, rugby and gaelic sports will be sublicensed to another network, if there’s anyone out there that’s interested. Setanta also has the Russian Premier League and plenty of other rights.

      The Gaffer

      • AmplifiedtoRock

        January 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

        It’s all a game of “wait-and-see” as far as the majority of Setanta’s content, then. It’s almost certain that my provider (DirecTV) will carry FS+, which is good. It looks like the worst case scenario will see us missing out on one additional live Premiership match, the one which currently airs live on Setanta Xtra. That and the rest of Saturday’s matches will probably be available on FS+ on delay, which is a positive. And we’ll probably get a bit more Serie A as well. Oh the possibilities are endless in my imagination!

  122. ngog

    January 11, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    So basically what we have here from an EPL standpoint is:

    ESPN showing the early Saturday game in HD
    FSC showing a 10am EST game in HD
    FSC+ showing a second 10am EST game in HD
    FSC showing the late Saturday game at 12:30pm in HD

    On Sunday, FSC would then show two live EPL games back-to-back or one on each channel, both in HD.

    If there is a Monday game, on ESPN in HD

    All told, that would be either 6-7 live EPL games in HD per weekend. Does that sound accurate? We lose the third 10am game on Setanta Xtra, but unless you live in a sports bar, most people probably didn’t watch that game live anyways.

    • Jake Islas

      January 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      wow, good point! 6-7 games in HD makes me wanna jump up and down.

      • sucka99

        January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm

        none of the 10am games (3pm local) will be HD – at least not this season. Just widescreen.

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      ngog, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I think you’re spot on with your breakdown there although there’s no guarantee that every Premier League game will be televised in HD, especially the 10am ET Saturday ones.

      The Gaffer

      • masterblaster

        January 12, 2010 at 6:36 am

        Forgot about that, which I basically learned from here. I just wish after this, and I know it’s asking for a lot, that somehow we could have a choice and they could put the least favorable games somewhere on DirecTV like they have been doing with La Liga.

        Can’t complain though. Unless I move to a sports bar, it would be hard to watch 4 live games at a time anyways.

      • Simon Burke

        January 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

        Probably wise from Fox if they split at least 2 or 3 games onto the plus service as if its just one, or even 2 a few may say no thankyou.
        Same goes with Champions League – i suspect they’ll throw nearly half of it on there to force people to subscribe.

  123. Albertinho

    January 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I have Comcast in Miami and pay just 5 bucks per month for the sports package which includes Fox Soccer Channel and GolTV (along with a few college channels, NBA TV etc). Hopefully they will just put the new Fox Soccer channel in the same package.

  124. fsquid

    January 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Rugby, what about the fecking rugby

    • patrick

      January 12, 2010 at 8:26 am

      well rugby will still be chasing egss…

      I hate rugby. and I hate hurling even more.

      • Gaz

        January 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

        Hear, hear.

    • Ryan

      January 12, 2010 at 9:53 am

      If Setanta showed Rugby League and not just Rugby Union I would care.

  125. Justo

    January 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long for the channel to be carried by cable and satellite providers.
    I see MLS Direct Kick moving to this channel. I mean, if a cable/satellite provider would charge about $5.00 monthly I would gladly pay for it and get MLS, Champions, Europa and US 2nd Division content.

  126. Orlando

    January 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Hope it wont be a pay channel, just add it to whatever package fox soccer channel is on. And please bring HD already. Thanks Gaffer for all the info.


    • john smith

      January 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      it surely gonna be a pay channel 🙁

  127. Yiddoinakron

    January 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Shall it be added on to whatever sports pack Fox Soccer is on or will it be its own pay channel? I can’t see it being that though, but who knows with these crazy network people.

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      Yiddo, “distribution for Fox Soccer Plus likely will vary from operator to operator. Some may charge premium fee. Others put it on a tier.”


      The Gaffer

    • Lance

      January 12, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Yiddoinakron…by the sounds of your name you are a Spurs fan living in Akron, OH. I am also a huge Spurs fan living near Akron. Shoot me an e-mail if you want: anderson.lance at gmail dot com (remove spaces, etc.)

      • cincyspurs

        January 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

        Spurs fan in cincinnati! glad to see ohio is well represented!

    • yaro5

      January 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Gaffer, any ideas what will happen to Setanta i ?
      Personally I think it is one of the best broadband services. Wouldn’t it make sense for FSC to keep it going and give them an online presence, which they don’t have now.

      • Tom

        August 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

        Couldn’t agree more. Stupid that they didn’t keep the same website.

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