There are two Mountain West football games to be broadcast on the new Fox Sports 1 channel, and those games are Utah State at Utah on Thursday Aug. 29, and Boise State's opening game on the road against Washington on Aug. 31.
The new 24-hour channel is taking over the Speed Channel and from all prior reports it was going to stay on the same low-end tier that the Speed Channel was on. However, there is now a hiccup with Fox Sports 1 being turned on their expected launch date of Aug. 17, and that is as of right now they do not have deals in place with DirecTV, Dish Network or Time Warner, according to Sports Business Daily.
Right now, Speed Channel costs 23 cents per subscriber and the new all-sports channel wants to charge 80 cents per subscriber for the channel. That increase seems fair since Fox Sports 1 will carry a lot more mainstream sports than Speed Channel which was dedicated to just racing.
Live college football, basketball, Major League Baseball, UFC, soccer and still racing will be on the channel, so the increase seems fair and not all that excessive. What Fox Sports 1 is asking for is not all that much, but cable and satellite subscribers hate the price increases that come every year, at the least.
All three companies are confident that a deal will be reached soon and before the channel launches, but we have heard that before regarding The Mtn., and also more recently the Pac-12 Networks.
Time Warner, Dish Network and DirecTV make up 46 million households and would be just under half of the 90 million subscribers that the network wants when they launch.