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Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

Motorsports_Fan
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For several months now I have been asking Rogers, SpeedTV, and others what we in Canada will see after August 17th on the channel that has been known as Speed or Speedvision since we started receiving it in 1997, and failed to receive an answer. TV listings for August 17 and later have now made it apparent that we will be receiving an even more watered-down version of what we have been getting in recent years.

 

Fox in the U.S. bought this channel several years ago, and has been intentionally working to kill it off by removing more and more of the motorsports programming from this formerly motorsports oriented channel, replacing it with car collector, game and 'reality' show programming. Now even that will be continuously repeated loops of old shows, with very little or nothing that is new. Their intention has been to start their own general sports channel to compete with ESPN in the U.S., and now to attempt to force the American cable and satellite carriers to replace Speed with the new Fox general sports channel. The U.S. carriers who have not yet signed on for that new channel will continue to receive the pointless and almost entirely non-motorsports Speed channel as a punishment for failing to agree to pay for the new Fox Sports 1 channel.

 

Yet this punishment channel appears to be what we will continue receiving in Canada. Surely there must be something about this that fails to conform to their contracts with Canadian carriers, if not CRTC regulations regarding permitted non-Canadian channels, and could lead to it being removed and hopefully replaced as soon as possible?

 

Note that the Fox-owned Speed channel in Australia has remained very much a motorsports channel.

 

www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/whats-on/

 

And most of Europe including Britain has a motorsports channel (not owned by Fox) called Motors TV.

 

www.motorstv.com

 

Please, as soon as possible, replace the Speed channel we presently receive with one of these or another motorsports channel if others exist.

 

 

 

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Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

kso
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If the friends & fam have the issue as well it has to be a problem in the area. Did the friends & fam call in also? since its a new channel that hasn't been really promoted a lot of people don't know they have it to call in and even say it's not working in the area.

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

Mikedem
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hows this for service - called in at noon to advise problem was still there - after about 30 mins they say they are sending a tech. tech shows up 20 minutes later. I help him run a cable from the box to each box - no good - then he runs one from the front lawn box - on my lawn thankfully buried in 4 ft of snow though. all ok now - temporarily ran a cable above ground until spring but I am up and running - he says a bad cable can effect just a handful of stations. less than 2hrs phone to tech...awesome.My wifes PVR has been rebooting the last 2 weeks over and over - I bet its all related.

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OLDYELLR
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Interesting article on this:

 

http://www.thestar.com/autos/2015/02/20/old-speed-channel-now-fox-sports-racing-is-back-on-rogers.ht...

 

Norris says,

"Now, I don’t really care what the problem was; why SPEED disappeared from virtually all of the cable systems in Canada. I do know that there was a disagreement over money (SPEED was willing to renew at the same rate while Rogers - the first to give SPEED the axe - wanted to pay a lot less). But I always had the feeling there was something else at play, too."

 

Yes, it was a little fishy how it disappeared with no clear, believable explanation. The only racing I haven't seen mentioned yet is WRC and Australian V8 Supercars. Hope they're included too.


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

Lurker
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@Mikedem wrote:

still not working in Ottawa. Channel shows up as a valid channel and info bar at bottom shows whats on but a black screen - checked with several friends and family in Ottawa and thy have the same issue. I have 3 boxes and its the same on all of them. Just received an email from tech support as I created a ticket last night  saying the problem was resolved but it is still doing the same thing.


Working in this part of Ottawa....

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

Motorsports_Fan
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Other than the completely pointless name change, everything else about this channel is exactly the same as it has been for the last year and a half since the U.S. version of Speed disappeared, and exactly the same as when Rogers dropped it a year ago. It's still nothing but the limited amount of racing programming from Fox Sports 1 and 2 in the U.S., and everything else is still the old reruns of the non-racing nonsense like "R U Faster Than A Redneck?", etc.

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

dougjp
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Yeah, I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this......"preview period"? Are they going to charge extra for something that was included in a package before?

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel


@Motorsports_Fan wrote:

Other than the completely pointless name change, everything else about this channel is exactly the same as it has been for the last year and a half since the U.S. version of Speed disappeared, and exactly the same as when Rogers dropped it a year ago. It's still nothing but the limited amount of racing programming from Fox Sports 1 and 2 in the U.S., and everything else is still the old reruns of the non-racing nonsense like "R U Faster Than A Redneck?", etc.


Yes, when it first came on I even saw a "Speed" logo in the top right hand corner on Racaday. Reading all the promotional material on the website http://www.foxsports.com/motor/fox-sports-racing I find nothing on WRC or V8 Supercars. My memory is fuzzy, but did Speed dump those before it went off the air?


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

dougjp
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I seem to recall V8 Supercars disappeared from SPEED after the COTA contract was cancelled, after the one race there.

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

kso
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hows this for service - called in at noon to advise problem was still there - after about 30 mins they say they are sending a tech. tech shows up 20 minutes later. I help him run a cable from the box to each box - no good - then he runs one from the front lawn box - on my lawn thankfully buried in 4 ft of snow though. all ok now - temporarily ran a cable above ground until spring but I am up and running - he says a bad cable can effect just a handful of stations. less than 2hrs phone to tech...awesome.My wifes PVR has been rebooting the last 2 weeks over and over - I bet its all related.

 Thats great, 20 mins and a tech was there& now you have it.

 

 
Yes, it was a little fishy how it disappeared with no clear, believable explanation.

 They did give warning that scrolling ticker on the bottom and Bell gave warning too. I think its believable that their contracts with Speed had end dates and Speed didn't exist anymore so they had to redo everything with Fox Sports 1 since it was a new channel.

Re: Please replace Speed with a motorsports channel

Mikedem
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when it was first removed I had said if I had to pay for it I would. I still feel the same way. yes there are a bunch of filler shows but as long as we get the mentioned programming then I am fine with it.  Even channels like Motors TV in Europe dont carry all series so if there are a few that FSR doesnt have I will figure that out. Trucks, TUDOR and MotoGP are worth it and glad to be able to see it again. I have a feeling it will go back into the VIP package though.