Verizon, please add HD offerings from Fox Soccer Channel! I have been a happy FiOS customer, but this is the one big miss in your lineup. I watch, especially, your EPL coverage every week and just endure your low-res offering for this. The more field you can see, the better with soccer and HD would make that possible. And, of course, the clarity would bring your soccer coverage up to par with the other sports offerings in your lineup.
Please do this ASAP!!
I would like to throw another voice into the call for Fox Soccer HD. I already e-mailed Verizon and told them this was a deal breaker for me. The only two things I care about on TV are the Phillies and soccer. If someone else offers FSC in HD before Verizon and also offeres Phillies games, I will switch as soon as my contract expires. (Technically, the local channels only offer 159 Phillies games this season because Verizon does not carry The Comcast Network, but since 2 of the other games are against Washington, I can get those games on CSN-MA, so I can live with missing one game).
Champions League in std. def is a drag. We need FSC-HD!!!!!!!!!
A couple clarifications for people: FSC's standard def. feed improved when they launched HD because they began receiving the satellite signal in native HD, which clarified their rebroadcast SD pictures (just a cropped version of the HD signal with lower resolution), although it is still clearly SD. Worry not about the World Cup. As long as you have ESPN-HD and ABC-HD, you will receive all World Cup matches in High Definition (Disney has not said yet, but I presume the USA games will be aired on ABC).
Threatening to move to DirectTV is a little silly because DirectTV is affiliated with Verizon so Verizon will still get your money.
Fox Soccer Plus is being advertised as a premium channel, much like Setanta is now. FS+ will take over Premier League games from Setanta. Technically speaking, FSC already owns those rights, they simply lease them to Setanta because they cannot show two live games at once. Now they can. The only English competition Setanta has the rights to is the League Cup. With the final on Feb. 28, they will no longer have anything to show (I don't know if they are going off the air or not, but I don't watch rugby or the French Ligue 1 so I don't really care).
Lastly, I have not heard of Comcast considering FSC HD. Where I live, in Hell-aware, the only provider that carries it is DISH network. I want to avoid satellite because I like watching TV when it is raining but may have no choice once the contract is up.
I will also vote with my wallet. If another provider offers FSC HD and Phillies games when my contract is up and Verizon still doesn't offer FSC HD, I will switch. Come on Verizon, what is taking so long!!!!!!!????????????
I just got this from my friend at Verizon.
Setanta is changing to Fox Soccer plus on March 1st, 2010
There will be no price change. Pricing will still be $14.99
@fiostv on Twitter has said that they are actively negotiating for carriage of FSC HD. I guess agreeing on things like price, promotion, on demand content, etc is what's taking so long. Hopefully Verizon is able to actively get new channels groomed into the lineup while they negotiate. That way, they can turn it on as soon as a carriage agreement is in place.
So, it looks like FIOS is adding FS+ (replacing Setana ) as a PPV station, @ $14.95/month, BUT no mention of FSC HD being added. It figures that they want us futbol-fanatics to pay the extra for more SD soccer. I know I won't.....................
Speaking of more SD soccer, what happened to ESPN2's hi def coverage of La Liga on Sunday afternoons? It seems that since the new year, they have not aired their Spanish games on ESPN or ESPN2. Rather, they are only airing Premier League games on Sat morning. Everything else has been moved the ESPN-Deportes or ESPN360, neither of which are available in HD.
We definitely need more HD soccer, which means we need FSC-HD. One game per week will not cut it. (Well, occassionally some of us get two b/c Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic somehow was airing FSC's hi def coverage of Champions League games the last two Tuesdays. They were airing LIVE the game FSC was showing tape delayed. But this does not help everyone. I know CSN-Philly was not airing UCL games, and who knows how much longer FSC will lease the rights to UCL games to CSN?)
We need FSC-HD. Before the season ends in May, preferably.