DirecTV To Launch Fox Soccer Channel HD

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DirecTV will kick off Fox Soccer Channel HD on Aug. 11.
Tomorrow's rollout of the HD version of the network will make DirecTV Fox Soccer HD's second affiliate, joining Dish Network.
The FSC HD launch comes on the boots of DirecTV's Aug. 1 bow of Gol TV HD on Aug. 1, and is part of an expanded futbol lineup being offered by the top DBS provider. DirecTV will also present matches in HD from premium service Fox Soccer Plus, including the Aug. 11 friendly between England and Hungary.
All told, DirecTV will present some 320 live matches this season, including up to 28 exclusive European matches weekly from the world's top circuits and competitions, beginning this month.
DirecTV, FSC, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports Networks, and Fox Sports en Español/Fox Deportes will team to offer viewers every match from the UEFA Champions League, starting with the playoff round on Aug. 17 and continuing through the final match in May.
Coverage of Spain's top circuit, La Liga, will kick off Aug. 28, with at least 114 exclusive live matches, or a minimum of three each round only on DirecTV, as well as those presented by GolTV and ESPN.
UEFA Europa League coverage with broadcasting partner GolTV will start with the group stage on Sept. 16 and continue through DirecTV's exclusive 153-match coverage of the final on May 18.
Fans will be able to watch up to eight games from UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League simultaneously on the DBS leader's exclusive Soccer Mix Channel, in both the HD and standard-definition formats. Positioned on channel 480, Soccer Mix will provide a comprehensive view of each day's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage.

"As a leading distributor of 2010 FIFA World Cupcoverage that included 25 games in 3D, we wanted to make sure soccer fans continued to have a fantastic viewing experience by offering the most comprehensive HD coverage of the major international league competitions," said Derek Chang, executive vice president, content strategy and development for DirecTV in a statement. "With the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S., and increasing demand for more soccer programming, DirecTV, with its broadcast partners, including Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Sports en Español/FOX Deportes, FSN, GolTV and ESPN, are in a great position to take advantage of this opportunity to engage these passionate fans."