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The wait is finally over. FOX Sports has announced its coverage plans for the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, its first of a 5-year deal that FOX has signed with the top flight German league.

After many fans of German soccer expressed their outrage across the web and social media about, first, FOX’s lack of communication about its Bundesliga plans, and then FOX’s preliminary plans for Bundesliga TV coverage, we can reveal that FOX Sports certainly heard those complaints and made several last minute changes to its schedule.

Those last minute changes were:

• Moving games from FOX Soccer Plus to FOX Sports 2, including the season opener (as we reported last night),

• Moving several games to FOX Sports 1 (which weren’t originally listed on FOX’s own Bundeslga TV schedule on its website), and

• Adding a free YouTube stream of the season opener (as reported by the Philly website).

The excellent news for soccer fans in the United States is that your voices have been heard, and FOX Sports has reacted to the uproar by changing its programming schedules from the official TV listings that were leaked to World Soccer Talk on July 22.

Also, as we revealed earlier this week, Ian Joy has been hired by FOX Sports and will be the presenter of the Bundesliga coverage, alongside Eric Wynalda.

Altogether, according to the Philly website,  the plan is for FOX Sports 1 to show 58 live games, FOX Sports 2 to show 60 and Fox Deportes to show 105 in Spanish.

FOX Sports will use the world-feed for commentaries, which is excellent news — particularly for fans of announcer Alan Fountain and others.

In terms of the coverage of the league, FOX Soccer 2GO remains the best option to be able to guarantee that you’ll be able to watch every game either live or on-demand to your computer, smartphone or tablet.

SEE MORE — SportsNet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada.

The TV schedule for the opening weeks of the Bundesliga season is as follows:

Friday, August 14

Bayern Munich vs Hamburg, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Net, FOX Deportes, YouTube and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, August 15

Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
Werder Bremen vs Schalke, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Augsburg vs Hertha Berlin, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Mainz vs Ingolstadt, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Darmstadt vs Hannover, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 12:30pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Sunday, August 16

Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Stuttgart vs Cologne, 11:30am, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO

Friday, August 21

Hertha Berlin vs Werder Bremen, 2:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, August 22

Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Cologne vs Wolfsburg, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
Frankfurt vs Augsburg, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Schalke vs Darmstadt, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Hannover vs Bayer Leverkusen, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Hamburg vs Stuttgart, 12:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO

SEE MORE — Listen to our exclusive interview with Toby Charles from ‘Soccer Made in Germany’

Sunday, August 23

Ingolstadt vs Borussia Dortmund, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Mainz, 11:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO

Friday, August 28

Wolfsburg vs Schalke, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, August 29

Stuttgart vs Frankfurt, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Mainz vs Hannover, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Cologne vs Hamburg, 9:30am, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
Augsburg vs Ingolstadt, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Darmstadt vs Hoffenheim, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen, 12:30pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Sunday, August 30

Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Werder Bremen vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 11:30am, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO

Friday, September 11

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hamburg, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, September 12

Bayern Munich vs Augsburg, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Bayer Leverkusen vs Darmstadt, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Hannover vs Borussia Dortmund, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Hertha Berlin vs Stuttgart, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Ingolstadt vs Wolfsburg, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Frankfurt vs Cologne, 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

Sunday, September 13

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Schalke vs Mainz, 11:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Friday, September 18

Mainz vs Hoffenheim, 2:30pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, September 19

SV Darmstadt 98 vs Bayern Munich, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Wolfsburg vs Hertha Berlin, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Cologne vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Hamburg vs Frankfurt, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Werder Bremen vs Ingolstadt, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Stuttgart vs Schalke, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO

Sunday, September 20

Stuttgart vs Schalke, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen, 11:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Augsburg vs Hannover, 11:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

SEE MORE — Bundesliga is excited and ready to help FOX Sports TV coverage.

Tuesday, September 22

Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg, 2pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Darmstadt vs Werder Bremen, 2pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Hertha Berlin vs Cologne, 2pm, FOX Soccer 2GO
Ingolstadt vs Hamburg, 2pm, FOX Soccer 2GO

Wednesday, September 23

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Augsburg, 2pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Schalke vs Frankfurt, 2pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Bayer Leverkusen vs Mainz, 2pm, FOX Soccer 2GO
Hannover vs Stuttgart, 2pm, FOX Soccer 2GO
Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund, 2pm, FOX Soccer 2GO

Friday, September 25

Cologne vs Ingolstadt, 2:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

Saturday, September 26

Mainz vs Bayern Munich, 9:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Stuttgart vs Borussia Monchengladbach, 9:30am, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
Wolfsburg vs Hannover, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Augsburg vs Hoffenheim, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO
Hamburg vs Schalke, 9:30am, FOX Soccer 2GO

Sunday, September 27

Frankfurt vs Hertha Berlin, 9:30am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Borussia Dortmund vs Darmstadt, 11:30am, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO

Be sure to bookmark our Bundesliga TV schedule throughout the season and/or subscribe to our free daily email newsletter, which includes soccer TV listings.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Jose H.

    August 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Fox Sports 2 is SD only in my area, therefore, I’d prefer FS 1 and FS+ having more games as they’d be in HD.

    Also, I really hope that there is a match of the day type program for the bundesliga.

  2. Birgit Calhoun

    July 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I am looking forward to the games. I know German soccer is different from the BPL. It’ll be interesting. I am so glad I getting to watch my hometown team Werder Bremen.

  3. revv

    July 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    This is much better and a pretty good start, especially with Ian Joy now on fox, the only bad part about this is Wynalda being an analyst on the coverage, hopefully Lalas will never appear.

  4. toby

    July 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    The Bundesliga has to deliver ratings to stay on Fox Sports 1.

    Germany football doesn’t have the globally popular teams that have a big fan base in the USA already. The Bundesliga isn’t sexy with famous celebrity fans of the teams like England. You look at the EPL crowd it is cosmopolitan and looks like a crowd from an American sport. I fear the Bundesliga will look to European to take off in America and without competitive league you can forget about it.

    Fox signed the deal after the all German CL final when there was a belief that Germany had the two best teams in the world. I think they are slightly regretting the deal now in hindsight after what the BL has become. Fox probably would have preferred to pay that money into winning back the EPL rights after he has proved a ratings winner for NBC

    • Firas Shadad

      July 30, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      “Fox signed the deal after the all German CL final when there was a belief that Germany had the two best teams in the world. ” The BL will continue to have one of the best teams in the world in Bayern. I agree that other teams will have to step up and challenge them at the top of the table to make the league more appealing. This will happen in time as things are cyclical.
      Not too long ago, Dortmund dominated Bayern for two years and before that it was alternating teams such as Stuttgart and Wolfsburg before that.
      I doubt FOX has regrets about getting one of the best leagues in the world. I do agree there will be some adjustments for new fans.

      • toby

        July 30, 2015 at 7:32 pm

        I think if Bayern don’t win the CL that team will be broken up as the EPL new TV contract will kick in and many of the BL star players will no longer resist earning double their salary in England. Once Bayern is broken up it is over for the BL.

        Fox is not charity. They speculated thinking they were getting the best league in Europe, not a league with one good team. German football doesn’t have the broad appeal of the EPL and are regretting spending money that could have been used on the EPL rights.

        It is noticeable that FOX are happy to have English FA cup matches on network TV, but not the Bundesliga. It shows they have no faith it will get enough viewers to justify it.

  5. Tony

    July 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Mahluf – They wouldn’t. At that point, Bundesliga would go back basically exclusively to Fox Sports 2. This rather robust schedule may be an attempt to show the EPL how coverage could theoretically work on FS1 (with maybe some Saturday afternoon Fox Broadcast Channel games thrown in).

  6. ElSupreme

    July 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Does anyone know how well FoxSoccer2Go works?

    Does it stream in HD? Is the framerate decent? Does it cutout much?

    Spending $100 and not getting much better quality than my current stream site would really be annoying.

    • Christopher Harris

      July 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    • Daniel

      July 30, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      It’s not HD. 2400 kbps maximum bitstream with 2011 (or so) compression. Acceptable on a 15 inch computer for midweek Champions League at the office. Not acceptable for weekend football on a big screen TV. They really have to bring it up to the quality of even FSGO, and make it chromecast enabled, etc.

      • yespage

        July 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        So the streaming connection is at least stable these days?

        • Daniel

          July 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

          It’s been stable for me lately, but there were some problems in the past.

  7. Mahluf

    July 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I wonder how FOX could possibly handle both the Bundesliga and the EPL, if they were to win the rights back?

    • Buli Fox

      July 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Sell early morning matches to ESPN and bring back Fox Soccer Channel! #FS3

      • David

        July 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        What Fox could do is make Fox Soccer Plus free. With Premier League rights and the popularity of the league here in the States, Fox would make a lot from advertisements. I don’t see why they would still need to charge for the channel.

  8. Brian

    July 30, 2015 at 11:15 am

    FS2 is still only in SD on Cox New England and it’s the same for Fox Deportes. Still good news that FS1 and FS2 will be used more than FS+ which most cable providers don’t offer.

    • T. A.

      July 31, 2015 at 5:14 am

      FS+ doesn’t have the BS constantly being scrolled across the bottom! FS2 is not in HD on TWC as well!

  9. Kevin

    July 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    This is much better. As someone without Fox Sports 2, I read somewhere that some games will be on FSN Regional as well. I live in Cincinnati, and would be pumped if some games were on FSN Ohio. During the UCL group stage, we usually get games on FSN Ohio.

  10. Steph

    July 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Good plan by Fox Sports but FS2 on Verizon/Fios is still not HD

  11. Annoyingracoon01

    July 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I guess I’m not watching any of the studio shows because of Wynalda.

  12. yespage

    July 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Improved, but still some weeks with nothing on FS1.

  13. San Fransiscan

    July 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Let’s hope the league won’t be over by January 🙂

    • Borussia DortMan

      July 30, 2015 at 11:20 am

      It won’t. Trust me.

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