Fox Sports (Southeast Asian TV network)
Fox Sports (formerly ESPN Star Sports) is a Southeast Asian pay television network broadcasting on Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, currently operated by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. It also oversees Fox Sports operations in Taiwan, and a version of Star Sports available in Mainland China and South Korea. As ESPN Star Sports, it was also operated in South Asia, but Star India took over the Indian business in 2013.
|Network||Fox Sports International|
|Owned by||Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific|
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||We Are Fox Sports (2013–2014)|
Where Sport Goes Boom! (2014–2016)
|Broadcast area||Hong Kong|
|Nexmedia (Indonesia)||Channel 601 (FS) |
Channel 602 (FS2)
Channel 606 (FS3)
|Astro (Malaysia)||Channel 835 (FS)|
Channel 836 (FS2)
Channel 837 (FS3)
Channel 815 (FS HD)
Channel 816 (FS2 HD)
Channel 817 (FS3 HD)
|Transvision (Indonesia)||Channel 911 (FS HD)|
Channel 912 (FS2 HD)
Channel 913 (FS3 HD)
|MNC Vision (Indonesia)||Channel 301 (FS)|
Channel 302 (FS2)
Channel 303 (FS3)
Channel 421 (FS HD)
Channel 422 (FS2 HD)
|K-Vision (Indonesia)||Channel 84 (FS SD)|
Channel 85 (FS2 SD)
Channel 86 (FS3 SD)
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 680 (FS HD)|
Channel 689 (FS2)
Channel 690 (FS3)
|G Sat (Philippines)||Channel 67 (FS SD)|
Channel 68 (FS2 SD)
Channel 82 (FS HD)
Channel 83 (FS3 HD)
|Cignal (Philippines)||Channel 263 (FS HD)|
Channel 265 (FS2 HD)
Channel 92 (FS3 SD)
Channel 93 (FS2 SD)
|K+ (Vietnam)||Channel 56 (SD)|
Channel 74 (HD)
|VTC Digital (Vietnam)||Channel 60 (SD)|
Channel 27 (HD)
|BiG TV (Indonesia)||Channel 983 (FS SD)|
Channel 991 (FS2 SD)
Channel 993 (FS3 SD)
|Sky Net |
|Channel 93 (FS) |
Channel 94 (FS2)
Channel 95 (FS3)
|Channel 45 (FS) |
Channel 46 (FS2)
Channel 47 (FS3)
|K-Vision||Channel 84 (FS SD)|
Channel 85 (FS2 SD)
Channel 86 (FS3 SD)
|TransVision (Indonesia)||Channel 901 (FS) |
Channel 902 (FS2)
Channel 903 (FS3)
|Top TV (Indonesia)||Channel 302|
|First Media (Indonesia)||Channel 157 (FS)|
Channel 158 (FS2)
Channel 314 (FS HD)
Channel 315 (FS2 HD)
Channel 316 (FS3 HD)
|SCTV (Vietnam)||Channel 49 (Analog)|
Channel 1 (Digital)
Channel 3 (HD)
|VTVcab (Vietnam)||Channel 80 (HD)|
|HTVC (Vietnam)||Channel 26 (SD) |
Channel 10 (HD)
|Jogja Medianet (Indonesia)||Channel 17|
|StarHub TV (Singapore)||Channel 208 (FS HD)|
Channel 209 (FS2 HD)
Channel 210 (FS3 HD)
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 680 (FS HD)|
Channel 689 (FS2 HD)
Channel 690 (FS3)
|Macau Cable TV (Macau)||Channel 30 (FS HD)|
Channel 31 (FS2 HD)
Channel 32 (FS3 HD)
|Hong Kong Cable TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 611 (FS HD)|
Channel 612 (FS2 HD)
Channel 613 (FS3 HD)
Channel 651 (FS SD)
Channel 652 (FS2 SD)
Channel 653 (FS3 SD)
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel 31 (FS SD)|
Channel 32 (FS2 SD)
Channel 140 (FS3 SD)
Channel 253 (FS HD)
Channel 254 (FS2 HD)
Channel 176 (FS3 HD)
|Available on most Philippine cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|now TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 670 (FS HD)|
Channel 671 (FS2 HD)
Channel 672 (FS3 HD)
|IndosatM2 (Indonesia)||Channel 232|
|Singtel TV (Singapore)||Channel 114 (FS HD)|
Channel 115 (FS2 HD)
Channel 116 (FS3 HD)
|M2V Mobile TV (Indonesia)||Channel 17|
|Unifi TV (Malaysia)||Channel 706 (FS HD)|
Channel 707 (FS2 HD)
Channel 708 (FS3 HD)
|AIS Play / AIS Playbox (Thailand)||Channel 300 (FS HD)|
Channel 301 (FS2)
Channel 302 (FS3)
|IndiHome (Indonesia)||Channel 705 (FS SD)|
Channel 706 (FS2 SD)
Channel 707 (FS3 SD)
Channel 973 (FS HD)
Channel 974 (FS2 HD)
Channel 975 (FS3 HD)
|ViettelTV (Vietnam)||Channel 40|
|FPT Telecom (Vietnam)||Channel 37 (FS HD)|
Channel 38 (FS2 HD)
Channel 39 (FS3 HD)
(Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore customers only)
Originally launched in early 1990s as Star Sports (earlier Prime Sports) and ESPN by Star TV and ESPN International respectively, both parties have agreed to combine their operations in Asia in October 1996. News Corporation took the full control of the venture in 2012, and relaunched the channels in two phases in January 2013 and August 2014, respectively.
- 1 History
- 2 Channels
- 3 Programming
- 4 Personalities
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Star Sports was originally launched as Prime Sports on 21 August 1991. Star TV, based in Hong Kong, operated the channel in partnership with TCI in the United States, which owned Prime-branded regional sports channels there. The channel was broadcast across the continent of Asia, reaching from the Far East to the Middle East, as with AsiaSat 1's footprint. Star TV have since regionalised the channel.
ESPN was originally a part of the so-called "Gang of Five", which was a consortium that was set up to compete against Star TV in the region. (The others in the group were CNN International, HBO, TVB [with TVB Superchannel] and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation [with Australia Television International]) The consortium's channels were initially transmitted via Palapa satellite, but were later also added to Apstar satellite.
Operations combined as ESPN Star SportsEdit
ESPN and Star Sports were competing each other across Asia, but their businesses were making loss. In October 1996, both channels have agreed to combine their operations in the region. The resulting joint venture, later named ESPN Star Sports, was to be headquartered in Singapore (where ESPN's operations in Asia was based in).
On 16 January 1998, a version of Fox Sports was launched in the Middle East, as carried by Star Select. This apparently replaced Star Sports in the region.
Relaunch as Fox SportsEdit
On 6 June 2012, it was announced that News Corporation would buy ESPN International's share in ESPN Star Sports. Later, Star India took over ESPN Star Sports' businesses in India, and relaunched all of its sports channels under the Star Sports brand on 6 November 2013.
On 28 January 2013, ESPN and ESPN HD was relaunched as Fox Sports and Fox Sports Plus HD in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The regional version of ESPNews was relaunched as Fox Sports News, and SportsCenter Asia was relaunched as Fox Sports Central.
On 15 August 2014, Star Sports was rebranded as Fox Sports 2, and Fox Sports Plus HD was renamed Fox Sports 3 (or Fox Sports HD in Vietnam). The corresponding HD and SD versions of all three channels were also launched.
The relaunch of ESPN Star Sports as Fox Sports did not affect much of East Asia, as a version of Star Sports broadcast to Mainland China and South Korea kept the brand, and instead, the version of ESPN for Mainland China was renamed as Star Sports 2 on 1 January 2014.
ESPN International has since refocused on its digital business building out online properties for football (ESPNFC), cricket (CricInfo), Formula 1 (ESPNF1), and Australian rugby union (ESPNscrum), and established partnership with Multi Screen Media in India (Sony ESPN TV channel), TV5 Network in the Philippines (ESPN5 programming division), Tencent in Mainland China (a dedicated ESPN section at qq.com), and Mediacorp in Singapore (local ad sales only for the ESPN website through its Partner Network division).
- Fox Sports (formerly ESPN)
- Fox Sports 2 (formerly Prime Sports and Star Sports)
- Fox Sports 3 (formerly ESPN HD and Fox Sports Plus HD)
- Fox Sports News (formerly ESPNews): The channel was first launched as ESPNews in November 2009 in Singapore on Singtel's Mio TV, and later expanded to other areas, including Hong Kong, where it was launched in August 2011 on PCCW's Now TV. The channel was renamed as Fox Sports News on 28 January 2013. The channel was gradually discontinued in 2017: It ceased broadcasting on 1 April 2017 in most areas, but continued until 24 April in Hong Kong, 3 May in Malaysia, and 31 May in Taiwan.
- Fox Football Channel: The channel was launched in October 2012 in Malaysia. Its programming was mainly consisted of association football matches and shows. It ceased broadcasting in 2015.
The individual regional variations of Fox Sports channels include:
- Hong Kong: Additionally, a schedule variant is offered to Hong Kong Cable Television customers due to broadcasting rights issues.
- Malaysia and Brunei: This variant does not provide coverage of field hockey events.
- Philippines: Starting 2019 selected UFC events on FOX Sports are aired (but not UFC Fight Night), but can still watch via FOX+ app and web.
In addition to regions above, Fox Sports' regional headquarters in Singapore also oversees Fox Sports channels in Taiwan, which is transmitted by Fox Networks Group Taiwan and produced from the studios in Taipei. It also oversees a version of Star Sports broadcast to Mainland China and South Korea, and Star Sports 2 (formerly known as ESPN until 31 December 2014) broadcast to Mainland China.
In South Korea, Fox Sports is partnered with JTBC, which operates JTBC3 Fox Sports. As ESPN Star Sports, it has previously partnered with MBC (MBC ESPN) from 2001 until July 2010, and SBS (SBS ESPN) from December 2010 until 2013.
Broadcast rights for various sports properties contain territorial limitations and in a lot of instances, the rights indicated below may not pertain to all Asian territories in which Fox Sports operates.
- Major League Baseball:
- Select spring training and regular season games (home games only and select road games)
- ESPN Major League Baseball (Sunday Night Baseball and select special games, tie-breaker and Home Run Derby)
- MLB All-Star Game (MLB International feed)
- Postseason (wild card, Division Series and Championship Series)
- World Series (MLB International feed)
- World Baseball Classic
- US NCAA Men's College Basketball (Fox College Hoops)
- NBA (only for Philippines, regular season games are mostly broadcast from ESPN in the US., Thursdays and Saturdays only)
- Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (Mondays only, also broadcast on ABS-CBN Sports)
- World Boxing Matches
- Professional Bull Riders events
- Cricket World Cup (all matches available on FOX Sports Asia website and FOX+, highlights on television)
- Under-19 Cricket World Cup (all matches available on FOX+, highlights and live coverage of final on television)
- Women's Cricket World Cup (all matches only available on FOX+, highlights on television)
- AFC Cup (from group stage, for West Zone group stage until semi-finals only available on FOX+)
- AFC Champions League (from play-offs, for West Zone play-offs until quarter finals only available on FOX+)
- AFC Asian Cup
- AFC Women's Asian Cup
- Asian Qualifiers Road to FIFA World Cup (from third round)
- AFC U-23 Championship
- AFC U-19 Championship
- AFC U-16 Championship
- AFC Futsal Championship
- AFC Futsal Club Championship (all matches only available on FOX+)
- AFC U-20 Futsal Championship (all matches only available on FOX+)
- AFF Suzuki Cup (only for Brunei and Malaysia in 2018)
- Hero I-league
- Bundesliga (through 2019–20 season, not available for iCable customers in Hong Kong)
- Serie A (only for Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore through 2020–21 season)
- The Masters Tournament
- U.S. Open Championship
- The Open Championship
- PGA Championship
- PGA EuroPro Tour
- ANA Inspiration
- United States Women's Open Championship (golf)
- Women's PGA Championship
- Ricoh Women's British Open
- The Evian Championship
- Ladies European Tour (Highlights only)
- LPGA Tour
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
- Formula One
- FIA Formula 2 Championship
- GP3 Series
- FIM Motocross World Championship
- Superbike World Championship
- FIA World Touring Car Championship (only for highlights)
- IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
- FIA World Endurance Championship (only for highlights)
- IndyCar Series (2019)
- Formula E
- United SportsCar Championship
- Supercars Championship
- Fox Sports Minute (only for the Philippines)
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- "Rival sport channels ESPN, Star TV team up together". Advertising Age. 9 October 1996. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
- Sullivan, Maureen (15 January 1997). "Asian TV team christens venture ESPN Star Sports". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
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- Szalai, Georg (6 June 2012). "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN's Stake in Asian TV Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- Steel, Emily (7 June 2012). "News Corp to take over ESPN Star Sports". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- "ESPN STAR Sports to be under STAR in India". Business Standard. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- "Star Sports: A new logo, packaging & brand identity". Indian Television. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
- "Star junks ESPN brand, launches Star Sports with 6 channels and website". MxM. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
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- Terrado, Reuben (9 January 2013). "ESPN fades off in Asia as Fox takes over". Spin.ph. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- Chan, U-Gene (24 January 2013). "ESPN network to be renamed FOX Sports in Singapore, Asia". The Straits Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
- Christensen, Nic (4 July 2014). "Fox to reorganises its sports channels". Mumbrella Asia. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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- Haskins, Will (17 June 2014). "ESPN Eyes Brand Revival in Asia". Media Business Asia. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- "ESPN STAR Sports & Singtel Unveil ESPNEWS on mio TV" (Press release). Singtel. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
- Schwankert, Steven (16 August 2011). "ESPN Launches Two New Channels on Hong Kong's now TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
- "FOX+ the home of UFC® in Philippines". FOX+. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
- "FOX Sports Asia on Instagram: "The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 starts today! 🔥🏆💯 .. Follow Fox Sports Asia for the latest news and updates. ✅✅✅ .. .. .. #icc #cricket🏏…"". Instagram. Retrieved 15 June 2019.