Foxtel today announced the creation of a third major dedicated sport channel, Fox Sports 3, which digital customers will get free-of-charge.
Fox Sports 3 will launch in October 2006 and will televise new live and exclusive Australian and international sports, expanding coverage of tennis, golf and rugby, and with a particular emphasis on soccer and cricket.
Fox Sports 3 will be broadcast free-of-charge for Foxtel Digital, Austar Digital and Optus TV digital subscribers as part of the My Sport Tier, and also for Foxtel Digital customers on the former Basic package. Fox Sports 3 will be available to licensed premises across the country.
Fox Sports 3 will showcase all football matches included in the wide ranging agreement reached recently between the Football Federation Australia and PMG. This includes the Hyundai A-League live and exclusive, Socceroos matches, next year’s Asian Cup, and the Asian Champions League which will include Australian teams for the first time in 2007. The channel will also expand its live coverage of the English Premier League.
In addition, Fox Sports 3 will this summer televise a range of domestic and international cricket, including exclusive coverage of the domestic one day competition, 20/20 matches and nightly highlights of the much anticipated Ashes series.
The new channel will also include specially produced ‘magazine’ programs on a wide range of sports.
The channel builds on an impressive sports portfolio, which already includes
Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports News, Fox Footy Channel, ESPN, Fuel TV, A1, Eurosport News and Sky Racing.
Foxtel CEO, Kim Williams, said: “Foxtel is constantly seeking to extend choice, value and quality programming for consumers across our service. Fox Sports 3 does all this, adding fresh breadth and depth to our total sports offering. I’m sure we will have very many happy sports fans.”
“Fox Sports 3 will complete the sports jigsaw as far as our viewers are concerned. With an additional live sports channel, regional Australian subscribers can be assured of continuing to receive the best and most comprehensive sports offer in Australia,” said Austar CEO, John Porter.