Speed Channel Returns To Canada Re-Branded as Fox Sports Racing

Rogers customers began noticing on Thursday that a new channel had appeared in place of the empty slot that was once filled by Speed, the 24-hour motor sports network that was removed one-by-one by Canadian providers from our systems as the parent version in the U.S. became extinct. In its place was a channel that looked remarkably similar to Speed, but instead was named Fox Sports Racing. Confirmation came later that night from Fox Sports that Fox Sports Racing was indeed as re-brand of Speed International.

Fox Sports on Thursday announced the re-branding of SPEED International, its motor sports and automotive network in Canada and the Caribbean, as FOX Sports Racing. The new network will be on the air Friday and will bolster the high-octane programming lineup to deliver additional motor sports and big-event competition programming for 2015 and beyond.

FOX Sports Racing returns to Rogers in Canada just in time for a live airing of Friday’s season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Daytona International Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET. Additionally, FOX Sports Racing continues to be available to pay-TV subscribers in the Caribbean.

With a 2015 schedule that includes 785 events and nearly 900 hours of competition-driven programming, the FOX Sports Racing lineup is highlighted by a full season of live NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racing, practice and qualifying sessions from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series events; the MotoGP World Championship and its support series Moto2 and Moto3; Monster Energy Supercross; Tudor United Sportscar Championship; ARCA Racing Series; and the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship, which makes its North American debut on March 14 in Miami.

At this time, it appears Fox Sports Racing is only available to Rogers customers according to the press release above and online forums. I contacted Bell support and they seemed to know nothing about the channel. Rogers was one of the first providers to drop Speed, allegedly due to Fox Sports increasing the price it wanted for the channel despite the channel being stripped of its programming after the US version was killed.

There is nothing new really here to see other than a different shade of lipstick on a watered-down pig. Fox Sports Racing will carry all the same niche motor sports programming Speed carried and features the same crappy commercials and the same crappy realty programming. Live programming includes:

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Practice and qualifying)
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series (Practice and qualifying)
  • Monster Energy Supercross
  • ARCA Racing Series
  • ASMOIL A Renacross
  • TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
  • MotoGP
  • FIA Formula E Championship
  • Jockey Club Racing Tour
  • Masters At Westminster
  • Street League Skateboarding
  • Burton Snowboarding Events

The only interesting note is whether Fox Sports Racing will be blacked out when TSN is showing the same programming. For instance, next Friday afternoon TSN will be broadcasting NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying, as is FS Racing. It wouldn’t be the first time the channel would be blacked out, as it regularly occurred during Formula 1 coverage when Speed held the U.S. rights.

6 thoughts on “Speed Channel Returns To Canada Re-Branded as Fox Sports Racing

  1. It’s on Shaw as well

  2. Does Videotron have the new channel? In the grid it still mentions Speed Channel.

  3. The only reason I can imagine for the sudden return of this shell of a channel to Rogers would be that Fox must have agreed to greatly decrease their asking price, after seeing it was on the verge of completely disappearing in Canada with Shaw about to drop it.
    And maybe the threat of Europe-based racing channel Motors TV expanding into the Americas (and Discovery’s Velocity brand into Canada with its garage and driving genre of shows) made them realize others were moving in to take their place.

    How do the “non-exclusive” TV rights for the non-Canadian channels work in Canada? I know that these non-Canadian channels must be blacked out or show alternate programming when a Canadian-based channel like TSN or Sportsnet picks up the Canadian rights for something, for example the NFL Network in Canada showing alternate programming while Thursday night NFL games were on Sportsnet. But if Motors TV became available on one or two systems in Canada while Fox Sports Racing was on Rogers, and both wanted to show the same thing, what would happen? Could they both show it, or can only one of them with these “non-exclusive” rights show it here? The United SportsCar Championship races are one possibility for this situation since both channels have them, as are the FIA World Endurance Championship races, although I think only the WEC race from Austin Texas was shown live on both channels in 2014.

  4. “Fox Sports Racing” might confuse horse racing fans. They should have chsoen “Fox Sports Fuel” or “Fox Sports Nitro”. Anyway, it’s not like Xfinity, Tudor, MotoGP or Supercross will get massive audiences.

  5. Fox Sports Racing has not returned to Canada! Unless of Course you only mean East of Manitoba. With Rogers being the only carrier, we In the west do not get it OPTIK/TELUS & SHAW have not brought it back.
    Maybe it is time for Rogers to offer service in the west again!!!!!

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