Now if we want this channel we are being charged $7 a month and not even getting the actual channel.
It's a bogus makeshift that someone has put together, it has live sports and then reruns. If you go to the actual Fox1 Sports in the USA feed the schedule is completely different, we should be getting the actual feed for $7 !! Can anyone answer this? If we are only getting 20% of the same actual programming as the USA Fox 1 Sports then it should not be charging $7 a month.If I could only find a way to record programming I would use the USA network feed on the internet.
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Canadian version of an American channel. It is like this with most speciality channel, Discovery, HBO, History, etc.
Canadian Broadcaster with the American rights for the channel name are basically using the name to lure you into thinking it is the American version.
@danno100 The Fox Sports Facing Wikipedia page explains the channel's history. FSR used to be part of the Premier package and was available to many customers for free... but then Rogers suddenly pulled it last summer. (Fox Business is also only available individually or as part of a Theme Pack. I'm guessing that there is some corporate friction between Rogers and Fox and that's why neither is available as a Flex channel.)
Same as others said, Canadian Version of a US channel. Same with Uk, BBC First is not the same as BBC One in the UK.
Okay, but the issue being raised here is:
Fox1 Sports in the USA feed the schedule is completely different, we should be getting the actual feed for $7 !! Can anyone answer this? If we are only getting 20% of the same actual programming as the USA Fox 1 Sports then it should not be charging $7 a month.
Rogers can only provide us with channels that have a broadcast licence in Canada.
The channel owner is responsible for the content that they broadcast.
The cost of the channel (and associated rights) is the result of negotiations between Rogers and the channel owner, and part of that is also based on the estimated and actual number of subscribers.
The cost of the channel and its popularity will dictate whether it gets included in a package, such as Premier (either as a regular channel or as a Flex Channel) or whether it gets relegated to only being available individually or as part of a specialty theme pack.
If I were a Rogers Product Manager and I saw this thread, it's not entirely clear to me what the ask is. If a channel is too expensive. does not deliver value and has low viewership, it does not make business sense to include it as part of a package, and it may or may not be possible to make it available "for free" as a Flex Channel.
The only other thing that Rogers controls is the structure of their packages and bundles, and how much they charge. If they do not deliver value, they will lose subscribers.
The bigger problem is that Rogers wants as many people as possible to subscribe to Premier. However, there is less and less content on TV these days that is worth watching, which makes Premier less and less appealing, especially when channels either get removed or cease broadcasting, or when Rogers raises prices. The question then becomes whether Rogers will give Flex 20+ customers more flexibility in order to retain customers, or whether they will perhaps move to a model that is entirely pick-and-pay, and force channels to fight for their continued existence based on their cost, value and merit.
Rogers only offers "Fox Sports Racing" (Channel 541 / "Fox Racing" on Ignite) but, if I understand correctly, @danno100 was expecting it to be more like the "Fox Sports 1" US station, and was complaining about both the cost and the lack of US programming that is offered here.