What happened to SPEED channel?

What happened to SPEED channel? On Aug. 17, SPEED becomes FOX Sports 1 on all major pay-TV providers. Many of the auto racing events previously airing on SPEED will now air on FS1.

FOX Sports 1

On Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8am ET, SPEED will become FOX Sports 1, a new national sports network featuring live college football, auto racing, UFC, soccer, news shows and more. In most cases, the FOX Sports 1 channel will be the same channel formerly held by SPEED.  Many of the auto racing events previously airing on SPEED will still air on FS1, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, practice and qualifying, and complementary programming like NASCAR Live. Select NASCAR Sprint Cup races will come to FS1 beginning in 2015.

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Use the FOX Sports 1 channel finder at FOXSports.com to find the channel number for your TV provider and area.

FS1’s Day 1 schedule is as follows (all times ET; L denotes Live):
8:00-8:30 AM — NASCAR LIVE (L)
8:30-9:30 AM — NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE (L)
9:30-11:00 AM — NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES QUALIFYING (L)
11:00 AM-12:00 PM — NASCAR SPRINT CUP FINAL PRACTICE (L)
12:00-12:30 PM — NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK RACE PRE-RACE (L)
12:30-2:30 PM — NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE (L)
2:30-3:30 PM — TRACKSIDE LIVE (L)
3:30-4:00 PM — UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER
4:00-5:00 PM — UFC UNLEASHED
5:00-6:00 PM — UFC TONIGHT (L)
6:00-8:00 PM — FOX UFC SATURDAY PRELIMS (L)
8:00-11:00 PM — FOX UFC SATURDAY (L)
11:00 PM-12:00 AM — FOX SPORTS LIVE (L)
12:00 AM-1:00 AM — FOX SPORTS LIVE (L)
1:00-2:00 AM — FOX SPORTS LIVE (L)

[UPDATE: FS1 ratings news: “Fox also narrowly beat SPEED’s ratings at this same time last year—the network Fox Sports 1 absorbed—by 3,000 viewers. Fox Sports 1’s average ratings for the entire day was at 81,000, down from SPEED’s 100,000 last year.“]

[UPDATE 2: MavTV has acquired the rights to former SPEED Channel original series Stacey David’s Gearz, My Classic Car and Chop Cut Rebuild, with encore episodes airing this month. New episodes will debut on MavTV in March.]

 

 

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863 Responses to What happened to SPEED channel?

  1. M. Towey says:

    Too bad the Speed Channel became the NASCAR Channel showing less and less European and other world motorsports and increasingly more Nascar, which is as sophisticated as 18-year-olds racing away from taverns at closing. I became a rabid Formula One fan because the Speed channel televised it religiously with one of the best announcing team in all of sports. Bob Varsha, extremely knowledgeable intelligent and smooth br0adcaster anchored the very humorous and believable ex-F1 driver David Hobbs and, in later years the extremely experienced ex-engineer/mechanic Steve Matchett from championship winning Benetton F1 team for technical expertise. Supplementing this team was the intelligent and witty Sam Posey. Along with them was Peter Windsor, a former team principal with Williams in the paddock doing interviews with F1 people who knew and respected him. This was the announcing team from heaven. But as Speed was becoming more and more Nascar oriented it was inevitable that F1 would be dropped from the schedule. It was only a matter of time. A great show, it finally was dropped by Speed. I was amazed when NBCSN picked up the ball but it was tempered by the fear of NBC crowding out F1 by trying to broadcast every sport in the US. Those fears are slowly but increasingly becoming the case. Also they replaced Bob Varsha with Leigh Diffey, competent but not a match for Varsha, and Peter Windsor left to create an American F1 team which never seemed to get off of the ground. Too bad.
    It was one of the best crews in all of sports, but as what’s-his-name’s (who also owns Fox)lost interest in anything but Nascar, F1 landed on the trash heap. I think that NBCSN is slowly following the same protocol. Shame really. This country needs to forego it’s arrogance and begin taking an interest in the rest of the world. It can start with entertainment like F1 and continue with things of much more importance We continue to keep our heads in the sand at our own peril. Sports are a great icebreaker and let us experience others cultures in a nonthreatening way. Getting back to F1, Nico Rosberg will never become a championship class driver. He does not have that “killer instinct” which is necessary to win the big ones. What do you think?

  2. Bob Schultz says:

    You sure have screwed up again. What happened to Barrett Jackson collector car? Why do you not televise NHRA drag racing ? I am on Shaw Direct satellite in Canada ,we have a a poor excusue for a sport channel cared TSN . All the provide is fag ball, baseball , soccer and the Nascar is a chopped up version of a race program with costent breaks for stick and ball sports . Therefore you lose parts of the with breaks and Canadian commercials. I have Fox sports channel but no drag racing . This world is going in circles.
    Bob Schultz

  3. cox says:

    fox you SUCK BIG DDDDDD ITS IS SUPPOSED TO BE MOTOR SPORT ONLY EAT SHIT FROM YOUR WRESTLRS AND ALL THE OTHER CRAP YOU PUT ON

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