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      10-03-2012 01:26 PM #26
      My first reaction is that Fox isn't dumb enough to turn SPEED into NASCARTV (although it kinda is already). Seems like taxes, TV rights will never go down. It's all about $$ rights and advertising. I don't even think they even care of about viewership as long as the networks get their $$.

      No one is going to be happy all the time with the right mix of racing vs. reality tv. You just find the best mix you can watch. I will admit my tv is on velocity much more than SPEED.

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      10-03-2012 01:46 PM #27
      Is it confirmed that F1 will stay on Fox Sports One?

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      10-03-2012 01:59 PM #28
      I need F1 and motorcycle racing (MotoGP; WSBK; AMA).

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      10-03-2012 02:28 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by That1njguy View Post
      My first reaction is that Fox isn't dumb enough to turn SPEED into NASCARTV (although it kinda is already). Seems like taxes, TV rights will never go down. It's all about $$ rights and advertising. I don't even think they even care of about viewership as long as the networks get their $$.
      there is no way that fox would turn it into nascar tv. think about what would happen if F1 or ALMS had to broadcast on nascartv.
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      10-03-2012 02:28 PM #30
      I forgot to add that I watch F1 too. I watched MotoGP for a bit but now I find it boring.

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      10-03-2012 02:33 PM #31
      I watch Speed and Velocity pretty regularly. I watch the racing on Speed (Grand Am, F1, Continental, The Grid) and I watch fun shows on Velocity (Wheeler Dealers, Chasing Classic Cars, Fifth Gear). As long as these shows are on air at sometime I don't care what network they are on. I just set my DVR and watch them at my leisure. I don't really care that Nascar takes up most of the air time on Speed. The way I see it is that Nascar pays the bills so I can watch the racing that I like.

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      10-03-2012 02:43 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Crimping Is Easy View Post
      I do think the Discovery owns or is owned by the BBC in Europe, so we might get things like the BTCC on Velocity.
      Discovery Channel is owned by Discovery Communications. They own 14 other cable channels in the US (TLC, History, OWN, Animal Planet, et al) and another 15 plus in international markets.

      The have a joint production agreement with the BBC. Basically it gives Discovery the rights to BBC owned series for concept and broadcast.

      As for SPEED going away, I really have not watched them in years. If Fox Sports 1 becomes a reality, what happens to all the local cable channels they have?

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      10-03-2012 02:48 PM #33
      I used to love watching SPEEDVISION in the late 90's when they had BTCC, DTM, ATCC, Aussi V8 races ! Not to mention all the BMW, Porsche and Ferrari test drives.

      Now Speed channel is a joke.

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      10-03-2012 02:52 PM #34
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      10-03-2012 03:01 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob. View Post
      I used to love watching SPEEDVISION in the late 90's when they had BTCC, DTM, ATCC, Aussi V8 races ! Not to mention all the BMW, Porsche and Ferrari test drives.

      Now Speed channel is a joke.
      They still show all of those on Speed. BTCC, DTM, and ATCC are shown in the off season and they show the Aussi V8 races through out the summer. As I mentioned before Speed shows a lot of different race series over the whole year. They even air the entire races for Grand Am where ABC/ESPN shows a condensed version of ALMS.

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      10-03-2012 03:01 PM #36
      Yeah uh F1, ALMS, Continental, V8 Super, etc ... definitely like those on SPEED, wondering where they would end up in the whole shake up?
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      10-03-2012 03:07 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by 1985Jetta View Post
      I used to watch Speed all the time but now everything is on Velocity except for Gearz.
      I watched Speed a lot. Back when they were doing Legends of Motorsport and airing old BTCC from the 60s. It hasnt been a blip on my radar since. Velocity is much better. Maybe they can start picking up shows and ditch West Coast Customs and the 10 year old Boyd Coddington episodes.
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      10-03-2012 03:52 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by G0to60 View Post
      They still show all of those on Speed. BTCC, DTM, and ATCC are shown in the off season and they show the Aussi V8 races through out the summer. As I mentioned before Speed shows a lot of different race series over the whole year. They even air the entire races for Grand Am where ABC/ESPN shows a condensed version of ALMS.
      IIRC they also showed the entire Bathurst 1000 this year.....

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      10-03-2012 04:03 PM #39
      I stopped watching SPEED when it became NASCARTV. Used to love it, back when they showed other types of racing.
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      10-03-2012 04:31 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by WakusPakus View Post
      It used to be Discovery HD Theatre - i assume their ratings were only good for the car shows they had like Chasing Classic Cars, Wheeler Dealers, Inside West Coast Customs (ew but cool). They switched it to Velocity over the summer and only show car/bike related shows now...it's on my TV non stop when i'm watching...thank god the GF let me build a man-cave or she'd never get to see her shows in the living room!
      And now they're bringing 5th Gear to the Velocity channel! Wa-hoo!

    16. 10-03-2012 04:43 PM #41
      Regardless this sucks...I agree SPEED because nothing short of the NASCAR channel, BUT....I watch quite a bit on Speed.

      F1
      ALMS
      Rolex Grand Am
      Aussie V8's
      BTCC
      Continental Sports Car Challenge
      (and we can assume the ALMS/Grand Am merger series...)

      If Fox creates some huge bullsh_t channel with non-motorsports programs, and asshat pundits with overdone graphics and nonsense, f_ck them.

      My only hope is that this happens, and someone else steps up and steals all of their motorsports programs and builds a decent channel.

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      10-03-2012 05:14 PM #42
      Speed lost me with the NASCAR stuff.

      Speed in South America was awesome with rally, F1, and touring car racing.
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      10-03-2012 05:14 PM #43
      I don't know about everyone else here, but with the following programs:

      -Forumula 1
      -Moto GP
      -Moto 2
      -250cc
      -WSB Superbike
      -WSB Supersport
      -ALMS
      -Grand AM
      -Indy
      -Indy Lights
      -Viper Cup
      -MX-5 Cup

      my DVR is full between what is mostly programming from SPEED and maybe two or three other channels. There is not even a single NASCAR event on there and I have at least 2 hours of motor racing viewing every weeknight.

      Sad to see if Speed goes away, but, if Speed/FOX 1 becomes a free channel and still has all the programming, then that's only a good thing.

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      10-03-2012 05:18 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by the flying grape! View Post
      This doesn't bode well for motoGP. I hope US coverage will continue in some way.
      I watch motoGP on www.motogp.com

      Yeah, it's not cheap, but you get to see the races live and can watch every race since 1992. Plus exclusive interviews and onboard footage and all the good stuff. It's the best way to watch MotoGP bar none. In fact, it's the best way to watch any sport IMO. No commercials anywhere in site, just nonstop action.

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      10-03-2012 05:22 PM #45
      I don't understand why people are saying the Speed only has Nascar stuff. My DVR is chalked full of non-Nascar racing from Speed. I'm still trying to catch up from some of the mid-August races from Grand Am and Continental. I think I may have some WRC in there too.

      Speed is essentially 1/2 Nascar and 1/2 other race series and I'm fine with that.

    21. 10-03-2012 05:43 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      I never watched it after it changed from Speedvision to Speed. I loved the campy old car chase movies they played on the weekends (Lost Drive-In) and all the rally racing and non-NASCAR stuff they showed.

      But I guess it has changed just like all the other cable channels I used to watch, like TLC (only plays things like "Extreme Couponing" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" now) and History Channel, which only seems to have things like "Cajun Pawn Stars" and "Swamp People."

      Give me some Modern Marvels or How It's Made, not any of this.
      Exactly this! I used to watch their coverage of the Dakar and Rally races all the time. It was probably my most watched channel and now I don't even check to see whats on. There were some great shows on back when it was Speedvision (can still picture the Speedvision symbol they had )... If I'm watching Nascar I feel like I get enough info from the pre-race coverage as well as during the race so I never watch any of the Nascar related shows on SPEED.

      Hopefully it's replacement channel won't phase out racing coverage and auto-related shows. It would be nice to see them keep things basic but it'll probably end up being super loud and flashy and drive away the viewers who just want to watch coverage of races without all the nonsense.

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      10-03-2012 06:20 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by ToucheTurtle View Post
      The only thing I watch on Speed is Formula 1.
      this. hopefully F1 will be on something else if speed goes

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      10-03-2012 06:22 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by 1985Jetta View Post
      I used to watch Speed all the time but now everything is on Velocity except for Gearz.
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      10-03-2012 06:51 PM #49
      Velocity gives me the good stuff. Speed has been in the sh!tter since ASSCAR picked them up. Anything worth seeing is always relegated to odd hours when the employed can't watch, so screw 'em.

      BTW- Fifth Gear airs on Velocity tonight at 10pm EST. Which is better than ANYTHING on Speed. And better than TG imo as well.

      I'm sure Velocity will get the Rally stuff and Le Mans Speed will stop showing.
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      10-03-2012 06:54 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by troze1200 View Post
      I want to watch F1, V8 Supercar, Grand-Am, LeMans...how am I going to do that now? If Speed goes and I can't find these shows, I will end cable.
      There are these wonderful things called "torrents."

      I watch all the V8 races the day after they air.

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