Heads up! Two week review of the FS1 on the wayWritten by Josh Hoffert (@WhatTheHOFF)
This past Saturday, the new Fox Sports 1 launched in place of the Speed Channel. In case you were wondering how the new 24/7 sports network stacks up against ESPN, your question will be answered in the coming weeks.
It had been known for a while that FS1 was going to launch as a direct challenger to the Mothership, ESPN. Currently, ESPN is seen in 98 million homes in the US. FS1 had been promising to launch to at least 90 million. Just a couple days before the launch, the network had only half of the subscribers as promised. The reason behind this was the fact that talks with Dish Network, Direct TV, and Time Warner weren’t going well. FS1 was reportedly asking for 50 cents more per subscriber over the 31 cents they charge for Speed Channel. Launching to half the subscribers as your competition is, well, no way to start a competition.
A successful launch for FS1
Ultimately, a deal was reached for the remaining subscribers and the network launched successfully. FS1 drew an average of 1.7 million viewers in primetime (8-11 p.m. ET).
The question is, can this network actually compete with ESPN? The opening night numbers seem to be a good start. But how do the two networks match up? A colleague and I are here to answer that for you.
Starting next Monday, we will be replacing our typical ESPN viewing with FS1 shows. For two weeks, we will watch our normal amount of sports shows but only on FS1. Let me just say, I watch a lot of sports. At the end of the two weeks, you can expect two in-depth opinions based on our experience and how we think FS1 stacks up against ESPN.
What do you think of Fox Sports 1? Are you willing to switch over from ESPN? Take a look at this entertaining video from the cast of “Crowd Goes Wild”: