Fox Sports (Taiwanese TV network)

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Fox Sports
FOX Sports logo.svg
NetworkFox Sports International
Owned byFox Networks Group Asia Pacific
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaTaiwan Area
HeadquartersTaipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Formerly called
Fox Sports
  • ESPN (until 28 January 2013)
Fox Sports 2
  • Prime Sports (until 1995)
  • Star Sports (1995-15 August 2014)
Fox Sports 3
  • ESPN HD (until 28 January 2013)
  • Fox Sports Plus HD (28 January 2013-15 August 2014)
Websitewww.foxsports.com.tw
Availability
Cable
Available on most systems
IPTV
CHT MODFox Sports 3 HD: Channel 211
Streaming media
Fox+Watch live
(Taiwan customers only)

Fox Sports (Chinese: 福斯體育台; stylised as FOX體育台), formerly ESPN Star Sports, is a group of Taiwanese television sports channels operated by Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific. Fox Sports' coverage of sporting events is produced from its studios in Taipei, and the channels are transmitted within the Taiwan Area.

History[edit]

Hong Kong-based Star TV launched Prime Sports (later renamed Star Sports) in partnership with American company TCI, which owned Prime-branded regional sports channels. The channel was broadcast across Asia, as with the footprint of AsiaSat 1. Star TV have since regionalised the channel with a number of versions, including a dedicated version for Taiwan. Later, ESPN have joined in the region as a competitor to Star Sports.

In October 1996, ESPN and Star Sports have agreed to combine their operations across Asia.[1] As a result, a joint venture named ESPN Star Sports was formed, to be headquartered in Singapore.[2]

In June 2012, it was announced that News Corporation would buy ESPN International's share in ESPN Star Sports.[3][4] Following the News Corporation take over, ESPN was relaunched as Fox Sports, and ESPN HD became Fox Sports Plus HD on 28 January 2013. Later, Star Sports was rebranded as Fox Sports 2, and Fox Sports Plus HD was renamed Fox Sports 3 HD on 15 August 2014.[5][6]

Channels[edit]

  • Fox Sports (formerly ESPN)
  • Fox Sports 2 (formerly Prime Sports and Star Sports)
  • Fox Sports 3 HD (formerly ESPN HD and Fox Sports Plus HD): an alternative channel available on CHT MOD IPTV platform and certain cable television providers.

Programming[edit]

In Taiwan, Fox Sports focuses on popular sports in the area, including baseball, basketball, volleyball as well as student sports.

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

  • High School Basketball League (Taiwan)
  • Junior High School Basketball League (Taiwan)
  • University Basketball Association (Taiwan)

Golf[edit]

Tennis[edit]

News[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rival sport channels ESPN, Star TV team up together". Advertising Age. October 9, 1996. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Maureen (January 15, 1997). "Asian TV team christens venture ESPN Star Sports". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ Szalai, Georg (6 June 2012). "News Corp. to Buy Out ESPN's Stake in Asian TV Venture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ Steel, Emily (June 7, 2012). "News Corp to take over ESPN Star Sports". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ Christensen, Nic (July 4, 2014). "Fox to reorganises its sports channels". Mumbrella Asia. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ Valisno, Jeffrey O. (August 26, 2014). "Fox completes rebranding of sports channels". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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