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FAQ: Fox Sports 1 and Speed in Canada

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Fox Sports 1 is launching in the United States today, replacing Speed on the dial on most US cable and satellite providers. This has caused confusion among Canadians wondering if we will receive Fox Sports 1 instead of Speed as well. So, I’ve pulled together a list of questions people have asked me over the past few weeks into this post. I hope it clears everything up a bit. I have received official word from media relations at Fox Sports/Speed on this, so these are not just guesses. If you have any other questions, ask away in the comments and I’ll update this post to include them.

First here is a rundown of the official word I’ve heard from Fox Sports/Speed on the situation.

Canada, among other countries, will continue to get Speed after Fox Sports 1 launches in the United States. It will still be called Speed and carry the same live programming. This live programming will come from Fox Sports 1 in the States.

Oh, and please don’t ask a question without reading this first. Mostly everything should be covered.

Q: Will Fox Sports 1 be available in Canada?

A: No. Fox Sports 1 is not regulated for carriage in Canada, similar to other general interest sports channels such as ESPN and NBC Sports Network.

Q: Will Speed still be available in Canada?

A: Yes. Speed will continue relatively unchanged in Canada. In the US most of Speed’s live NASCAR, Moto GP, Rolex Sports Car Series, Whelen Modified Tour, V8 Supercars and Barrett-Jackson Auctions. This coverage will continue to air in Canada on Speed. NASCAR Race Hub, which continues on Fox Sports 1, will also continue to air on Speed (nightly at 6pm ET). As will NASCAR Raceday and Victory Lane. Some other studio programming including Wind Tunnel and Speed Center are no longer produced, so they won’t air on Speed.

Q: Why isn’t Fox Sports 1 available?

A: There are a few reasons. It isn’t licensed for Canadian carriage. Speed’s license specifically states that it is a motorsports channel. It cannot air other sports because then it would no longer be a niche channel and it would compete with TSN and Sportsnet. This goes against CRTC regulation which prohibit a US-owned specialty channel from directly competing with a Canadian-owned specialty channel.

Q: But when The Nashville Network re-branded as Spike it was still available?

This is a common question, and a good one. TNN completely changed its style of programming when it rebranded as Spike, and almost was removed from the CRTC’s list of approved channels because of this. The difference here is Fox Sports 1 is NOT a rebrand of Speed, but a completely new channel. Speed is shutting down, Fox Sports 1 is replacing it. Any American providers who want to carry Fox Sports 1 have to negotiate a new contract, even if they already have an existing contract for Speed. The same applies for Canada, where in order for Fox Sports 1 to be carried here, a Canadian provider would have to apply to the CRTC asking for it.

Q: I want to see Fox Sports 1 programming, why is the CRTC denying me this right?

Most of FS1′s programming is available in Canada. In fact more of FS1′s programming will be available in Canada than ESPN. All of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches will air on Sportsnet. Every UFC fight, as well as other UFC programs and The Ultimate Fighter will air on Sportsnet 360. As previously mentioned motorsports programming will still air on Speed. Some college football coverage (featuring Pac-12 and Big 12) will air on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE.

Those are the generic commonly asked questions I’ve thrown together. Here are some specific ones from readers.

QSeems Rogers or Bell would be smart enough to include FS1 in some package, given the obvious demand?

No because it is not approved for carriage here. I’m not even sure the demand would be that great if fans realised that FS1 programming would mostly be blacked out due to Canadian broadcasters (usually Sportsnet) owning exclusive rights here (similar to Thursday Night Football on NFL Network or F1 on Speed). Except for Fox Sports Live (Jay & Dan’s new show), which there is demand for in Canada, FS1 isn’t providing a lot of programming that isn’t otherwise available in Canada.

Q: How much college football that would be on FS1 will end up on SN360?

I don’t have an exact answer on this yet, but Sportsnet will probably have a schedule available sometime in the next couple weeks, so check back then.

Q: When can I see Jay and Dan on Canadian TV again?

No Canadian network has released any plans to show Fox Sports Live (Jay and Dan’s new show). However, the pair have released a new (video) podcast that is available in Canada. You can watch it here. In the podcast Dan offered that he heard “it might happen”, referring to the new show airing here. However, a bunch of their clips will get uploaded to YouTube and FoxSportsLive.com.

Q: My cable/satellite on-screen guide says something different than you?

On-screen guides are done by a independent third party (neither Speed nor the cable companies). There are often mistakes, especially in a situation such as this.

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17 August, 2013 at 12:31am

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  1. Will AMA Supercross still be available on speed in Canada? TV listings on supercrossonline.com say the majority of races are on FS1.


    30 December, 2013 at 9:35pm

  2. I just heard that we are losing the speed cha nel soon. (This is now feb.22\2014! ) Is this another rumour? Or if it’s true and we cant get FS1 directly here how will we see Nascar?


    22 February, 2014 at 4:28pm

    • I know Rogers Cable is dropping Speed. I don’t think all providers are though, so if you have Rogers you would have to switch to another provider.


      23 February, 2014 at 3:00am

      • We have Bell satellite so hopefully we are okay! Thanks!


        23 February, 2014 at 10:46am

        • Bell is dropping Speed too. The channel will be available till May 1st, 2014.


          26 February, 2014 at 11:23am

          • Wow! Surely some channel in Canada is going to show the Nascar races or there will be a LOT of unhappy people! Thx for the update!


            26 February, 2014 at 2:17pm

            • ShawDirect has no plans of dropping Speed


              15 March, 2014 at 10:37pm

  3. The races proper were generally elsewhere. We are losing panel stuff and other goodies…

    bob roberts

    1 March, 2014 at 4:30pm

    • False. Only the NSCS Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duel and All-Star Race are available elsewhere in Canada (TSN). Everything else is not (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NSCS/NNS practices/qualifyings, NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA Racing Series, TUDOR Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans, the new Formula E championship, AMA Supercross, Monster Jam, Barrett-Jackson auctions)


      3 March, 2014 at 10:45am

  4. So now that rogers has officially canceled the speed network. Where is. What is. My motor sports network?


    2 March, 2014 at 12:41am

  5. Speed channel is being discontinued, what happens now? How can I watch nascar events that were previously available on speed channel???


    3 March, 2014 at 9:59pm

    • That’s what I was wondering too although on Sunday the Sprints were not on Speed but were on Tsn. I Wonder if Tsn will continue them? (Although I don’t think theu showed the trucks or nationwides :(


      4 March, 2014 at 9:48am

      • NASCAR Sprint Cup (races live), Nationwide (races live) & Canadian Tire (races tape delayed) Series is on TSN/TSN2. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was only available on SPEED, except the race from Bowmanville, ON on Labour Day’s weekend witch was on both SPEED and TSN.


        4 March, 2014 at 1:25pm

  6. this mean we will never see the Barrett Jackson Auction in Canada


    4 March, 2014 at 9:45pm

  7. What the hell is going on here!!!!! They have the first NASCAR Camping World series race in Canada, with great success, then stop showing that series on TV completely. With all the board meetings that must of went on to merge Speed TV to Fox Sports 1, no one thought of this. Great strategy, morons!!!!


    9 March, 2014 at 12:49pm

    • The success of the Truck Series in Canada really has no bearing on what Fox decides to do in America. They don’t make money off the Truck Series here. And the channel still is available here. I get it on Shaw Direct. It was only Rogers and Bell that decided to remove it.


      9 March, 2014 at 4:08pm

  8. Rogers just canceled speed Chanel . There is no other Canadian Chanel’s that carry NASCAR like speed. We no longer get the truck races, qualifying , practice, or race day to name a few. Have complained twice. They tell me nothing they can do. Is that true?


    10 March, 2014 at 3:37pm

  9. Total disregard for paying customers, in this case NASCAR fans. We need NASCAR news, races and commentary in this fine Country and no reason not to have it. CRTC needs to be in tune with what customers want, not reacting to big money. TSN is the NASCAR outlet in Canada so step up to the plate here TSN as this is much more enjoyable than Aussie Rules Football.

    Darryl Deyarmond

    13 March, 2014 at 10:52am

  10. How do we pressure our cable companies to get us access to the events like AMA Supercross? Surely we can protest their idiotic decision somehow. I have Compton Cable which was bought out by Rogers. I plan to see if Shaw is available in my area if they do carry Fox 1 or whatever the channel is. Maybe loss of customers will prompt them to reconsider. Seems very strange to just cancel access without a back up plan.


    15 March, 2014 at 5:28pm

    • far as I know fox satellite is avail anywhere in ont.

      dave walton

      6 April, 2014 at 9:03pm

  11. So…the Bristol Nascar race is airing right now on the new Fox Sports 1 channel…which I believe is supposed to be Speed channel…so why is it not on right now????

    lucinda gregory

    16 March, 2014 at 9:13pm

    • We were watching it on Fox before the rain delay and afterwards they changed it to Fox Sports 1 which we don’t get. Soooo pissed off! We have Bell satellite.


      16 March, 2014 at 10:35pm

      • I’m sorry but if you were smart enough, you would have looked on the TSN website and found a live feed. They broadcast the race in Canada. So it their duty to bring us Sprint Cup racing one way or another.
        It’s like Chicago last year. That streamed on TSN.ca
        For the future, check the site. They may have it.

        Eric Beaudoin

        17 March, 2014 at 3:31am

        • Excuse me? “Smart enough?” I just checked with my b/f who said he went through the channels and when he was on Tsn it was commercial however the channel info was showing something else so he didn’t go back to it. Pff……


          17 March, 2014 at 10:21pm

          • It never aired when the channels switched over, I went through every sports channel including the TSN and TSN2 they finally showed the last 40 mins of the race! The only way Canadian fans could see it was via a link shared by NASCAR International through the Twitter account. So if you didn’t know someone who could share that link you didn’t get to see the remainder of the race just the tail end of it.


            4 April, 2014 at 7:09pm

  12. So, with Rogers and Bell both dropping Speed, any chances Fox Sports 1 will be coming to Canada? It probably won’t, but now what do we watch?

    Dylan Smith

    26 March, 2014 at 12:21am

  13. Bell Cable is running a notice now that Speed will no longer available after May 1/14. So apparently we won’t get Speed in Canada.


    27 March, 2014 at 4:47pm

  14. I have Bell satelite, as of may 1st speed channel will no longer be available. Will there be another channel that plays the same shows?


    27 March, 2014 at 6:57pm

  15. are we going to be able to watch the truck race in canada tonight after the sprint cup?


    30 March, 2014 at 10:16am

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