Following News Corporation’s successful acquisition of ESPN's partnership interest in ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) in November last year, all ESPN networks will be renamed as FOX SPORTS networks on True Visions, such as:
· ESPN to FOX SPORTS, the flagship sports channel, available on True Visions 108
· ESPN HD to FOX SPORTS PLUS, the high-definition channel, available on True Visions 136
STAR Sports on channel True Visions 109 will remain unchanged.
Subscribers of ESPN networks in Thailand will continue to enjoy the same sporting content and more on FOX SPORTS networks including Grand Slam tennis (Australian Open, Wimbledon), events from the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour and the Hopman Cup, motor-racing (Formula One, SBK, MotoGP, NASCAR, Dakar Rally), the Golf Majors (The Masters, US Open and The Open Championship) as well as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, popular American sports (Major League Baseball, NCAA College Football and Basketball), and premier Asian sports (Asian Football Confederation events, ASEAN Basketball League, OneAsia golf tournaments, HSBC Asian Five Nations) among others.
Sports fans can continue to follow their favorite sports at foxsportsasia.com in place of espnstar.com for comprehensive, real time and authoritative content across an unrivalled breadth of sports news, scores and editorial opinions.
Driven with a single-minded aim to deliver the most engaging sports experience through an innovative and cliché-busting approach, FOX SPORTS will also launch the new sports news programme FOX SPORTS CENTRAL.
The new FOX SPORTS CENTRAL programme will replace the current program SportsCenter on ESPN and will be aired on FOX SPORTS, weeknights at 6.30 pm (BKK).
The new initiatives also include the introduction of the new programming block such as the ‘Thursday Fight Night’ showcasing a variety of content from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and further building upon the recently launched ‘ABL Friday Basketball’ featuring the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) where the Chang Thailand Slammers are aiming for top honours.
“It is exciting to be launching in Asia the leading brand that has changed the sports experience for fans across the world,” said Peter Hutton, Senior Vice President, Sports, FOX International Channels.