RYAN NOEL - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Fox Soccer Channel has announced that a new, all-soccer channel will be added to their repertoire - Fox Soccer Plus. The feeds for games that currently run on Setanta are sublicensed from Fox, but those sublicenses apparently end at the end of February, at which point Fox is letting the license expire and will use the feeds to launch the new Plus channel on March 1.

The best news - High Definition soccer is finally coming across the pond. Yes, it's only about three years late to the party. But hey, better late than never! Only two and a half more months of grainy feeds!

As for Setanta, they are no listing any games being shown in the United States after February 28, so it's possible that the entity will cease to exist in its current state. It's still unclear what will ultimately happen to Setanta, but we do know that Fox is in negotiations to takeover Setanta Sports USA.

According to the Fox Soccer website, the new Fox Soccer Plus (in HD!) will kick off with a bang:
Fox Soccer Plus is scheduled to kick off with an impressive lineup of live soccer matches during the network's first week. Barclays Premier League games are set to air March 6-7, the FA Cup quarterfinals are taking place, and Italy's Serie A is in full swing. Specific teams and match times will be determined in the coming weeks.

The last big question - will you get Fox Soccer Plus? Right now, it's unclear (at best) who will broadcast the channel from its outset, but I feel it's a safe bet that the major satellite companies (DirecTV and Dish) will carry it immediately. There is no official mention of pricing for this new channel, but plenty of speculation that it will command the same $15month price tag that Setanta had.

If you want to request the channel in your specific area, call 1-877-810-KICK.
John Harris
Tuesday March 16, 2010 5:34 am
Seb harris hopes to be on the bench for this saturdays visitors Morcambe,
Northampton Town are now in the play of position with a possable Wembley Visit beckoning.

The team is on another great run and have everything to play for now.
Friday January 29, 2010 9:26 am

There is a way for not paying extra for any of the channels that you mention on DirecTV. Subscribe to any of the DirecTV Spanish packages and you have GolTV, ESPN DEportes and Fox Sports en Espanol which carries most of FSC programming. You do not lose most of your English channels either, they are included.

Then you have DirecTV Mas Ultra Deportes, for about $60 you have basically all the Soccer Channels added to an extensive package of Spanish and English Channels including all ESPN's.

Setanta is a different animal, it is not bundled with any package but having sold all its rigths in the USA to FSC after Feb 28 it will shut down operations here.

I do not know if FSC+ will be added to DirecTV Mas Ultra Deportes at not extra charge, but in March DirecTV will add aprox. 60 new HD channels and the word is GolTV and FSC will go HD. Why will they charge extra for FSC+ if they will not do it for FSC also in HD at that point?
Boulder Owl
Wednesday January 27, 2010 11:06 pm
Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, but will the second Fox Soccer Channel continue to carry Setanta USA's coverage of the English Championship? Please tell me I won't lose my two live Sheffield Wednesday matches per season!! - A Panicked Owl
Tuesday January 26, 2010 3:42 pm
So I already pay $12.99 or whatever fee a month for FSC and GolTV on my DirecTV, and I'll have to pay a additional $14.99 a month for FSC+?? Two seperate subscriptions for the same company?

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