Fox Sports 1 will launch virtually everywhere in the linear pay-TV world. It’s mobile TV Everywhere service, though, won’t be anywhere as the new national sports entrant bows on Saturday.
When Fox Sports Media Group officially announced Fox Sports 1 in March, Fox Sports Go, the mobile app, was supposed to flank the new national cable entrant’s premiere on Aug. 17.
However, the Fox is currently testing the service, and it will not debut alongside FS1, which is being converted from Speed and today announced that it will launch across all major MPVDs, giving it presence in 90 million homes, the biggest bow in cable history.
An authenticated mobile sports experience for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and the Web, Fox Sports Go will combine upward of 230 feeds and offer live streaming from more than 1,000 games and events from Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1 and Fox’s 22 regional sports networks, plus scores, highlights, news, stats and analysis. It will also include, at some point, automotive racing and lifestyle content from broadband service Speed 2.
A Fox Sports spokesman said the product, which has to authenticate not only for the national services, but for those who subscribe to the territorially rights-restricted RSNs as well, is going through its paces.
“We’re still testing it and working out the bugs. It’s a complicated app that will use one-of-a-kind authentication. It’s the first time anyone has tried to put broadcast, regional, and national cable feeds into a live streaming app,” said a Fox Sports spokesman, noting the programmer didn’t want to rush matters merely to coincide with the linear launch.
He did not specify a projected debut date, saying instead that “we'll launch Fox Sports Go when it's ready and it's everything we expect it to be.”