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When is the actual date for FSC HD availability?

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@Hubrisnxs wrote:

TruTV HD, BET HD next then E! HD and FSC HD (subject to change)


I will add my 2 cents here.  I  watch a lot of sports, but have little use for FSC HD.  I'm sure I'll have more reason to watch Tru, BET or E! - and I know I'm not the only one that feels that way.  I think soccer fans are very fanatical about their sport and really want it in HD.  But the truth is that soccer is just not that popular in the US and these other channels will get far more viewers than FSC HD. 

 

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You are totally wrong about this, soccer is strong in the USA. I can't speak for everybody else but I for one love the sport. The people have spoken on the forum or blogs, and the number of people asking for the FSC HD channel out weigh the other HD channel. There is no reason why all these HD channel's can't be added anyways!! Fios is missing the boat as far as the other cable and satellite company's are re-programing to the HD times. Stop all non- sense Fios and just put the channels in the line up and keep the good paying customers happy. I know i'm sick and tired of all the hub-bub about when and  what channels are coming to the lineup. Enough said!!!!!

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Week of 4/11.....

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@SabresFan wrote:

You are totally wrong about this, soccer is strong in the USA. I can't speak for everybody else but I for one love the sport. The people have spoken on the forum or blogs, and the number of people asking for the FSC HD channel out weigh the other HD channel. There is no reason why all these HD channel's can't be added anyways!! Fios is missing the boat as far as the other cable and satellite company's are re-programing to the HD times. Stop all non- sense Fios and just put the channels in the line up and keep the good paying customers happy. I know i'm sick and tired of all the hub-bub about when and  what channels are coming to the lineup. Enough said!!!!!


On what basis do you say soccer is strong in the USA?  You may love it and I know there are a lot of kids that play it, but it is a dud of a sport on TV in the USA, save for the occasional good run in the World Cup.  It's maybe the 7th most popular sport on TV in the USA after football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf and auto racing.  Tennis may be more popular, but I think soccer may still rate ahead of that. 

 

I have nothing against adding FSC HD, I'm just saying that there are lots of other channels that Fios could add that will likely get far more viewers.   It's probably a moot point anyway since the channel is apparently going to be added in the next few weeks.

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Soccer not popular in the USA??  Why don't you ask that quesion to the 80,000 fans that showed up last night in NewJersey in frigid cold to watch a meaningless friendly between the US and Argentina. Don't tell me "well, they were all Agentianian fans" because they are still consumers in the US and still need FSC in HD like everyone else...And to the poster that said 4/11 where do you get this from??  I have heard so much rumors and garbage- twitter said week of 3/21, well, that has passed. Can everyone just admit that we have no idea, and it will happen probably after May 23rd when it's no longer needed!!!  (until end of August that is) 

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@Hubrisnxs wrote:

TruTV HD, BET HD next then E! HD and FSC HD (subject to change)


I will add my 2 cents here.  I  watch a lot of sports, but have little use for FSC HD.  I'm sure I'll have more reason to watch Tru, BET or E! - and I know I'm not the only one that feels that way.  I think soccer fans are very fanatical about their sport and really want it in HD.  But the truth is that soccer is just not that popular in the US and these other channels will get far more viewers than FSC HD. 

 


Sorry but I could NOT disagree with you more. Soccer is a lot more popular in the US than you obviously think. Sorry but I'd rather watch an EPL fixture in HD on FSC than waste a single second of my life watching the lame brained Kardashians or some other mind numbingly stupid reality show on E! The same with Tru Crap TV, now that the tourney is over that channel could go for all I care.
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Sure hoping we get this channel added and Plus as well before 4/21. There are some sports that will always be bigger than soccer in the USA but Golf and Tennis have very small audiences. Comical they added Tru for what amounted to a handful of NCAA tournament games. If the SD feed weren't so bad I wouldn't kick so much about it but it has to be the worst feed I have ever seen. 

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Lancers-

As my previous post stated, rollout will begin before 4/21 - but FSC + is not on tap for right now...only FSC HD.

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@bobbo527 wrote:

Sorry but I could NOT disagree with you more. Soccer is a lot more popular in the US than you obviously think. Sorry but I'd rather watch an EPL fixture in HD on FSC than waste a single second of my life watching the lame brained Kardashians or some other mind numbingly stupid reality show on E! The same with Tru Crap TV, now that the tourney is over that channel could go for all I care.

While I agree with you regarding some of the bad programming out there, soccer is definitely not that popular in the U.S.  Nor is FSC, despite the very loud and numerous comments from fans. 

 

Some facts and numbers from From August 2010:

 

For the first 14 MLS games televised by ESPN2 this season, the average viewing audience is 251,000. And these are for games that are shown during mostly prime-time hours. The TV ratings are so bad that the WNBA has better ratings on ESPN2. Yes, the WNBA.

 

During the 2009-2010 Premier League season on ESPN2, all of the top ten highest rated games had higher ratings than the average ESPN2 rating for MLS of 251,000. And that doesn't even include the record breaking audience for a Premier League game on US television last season when 526,000 people watched the 4:30am PT/7:30am ET kick-off between Manchester United and Chelsea.

 

Meanwhile at Fox Soccer Channel, the TV ratings for Major League Soccer are even worse with an average of just 53,000 viewers per game. In comparison, the average viewing audience for the Premier League on Fox Soccer Channel was 90,000 as of the 2008-2009 season.

 

Based on viewing numbers such as these, it would be no surprise if Fox Soccer Channel decides not to renew its contract with Major League Soccer to broadcast games in the future, which ends at the end of this season. Versus has been in talks with Major League Soccer regarding picking up those rights. However, it's going to be tough for MLS to negotiate a decent TV rights fee when the ratings on Fox Soccer Channel have been so poor.

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Nobody watches MLS. We watch; UEFA Champions League, English Premiere League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Premiera, German Bundesleguea.

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