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Speed Network is about to launch broadband Internet channel to complement its broadcast channel, but only for those who subscribe to the network through Time Warner Cable (TWC). You don't, though, need to be a TWC Internet subscriber to get the channel. Among the many offerings will be FIA GT1 and GT3 championships, touring car series' WTCC and BTCC, the FIM Enduro World Championship and programs from SpeedTV's 14-year-old programming library. Follow the jump for the press release; and don't you think it's about time we get more complete motorsports coverage over here, even if you do need to be online to watch... or you were looking for a good reason to buy a Boxee Box...

[Source: SpeedTV]
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming events that will complement the tremendous offerings of the linear SPEED network, is set to launch Summer 2010, it was announced today by SPEED President Hunter Nickell.

A beta version of SPEED2 will be available in June 2010 with a wider consumer debut targeted for July. Available only to SPEED subscribers as an authenticated online network, SPEED2 also will provide a variety of video-on-demand international motor sports content and compelling automotive and motorcycle enthusiast programming.

"NASCAR, the most popular form of motor sports in North America, is the foundation and top priority of the linear network," Nickell said. "Developing SPEED2 provides a dedicated platform for a wider variety of racing, including some of the coolest international events from tracks around the world."

Magazine shows, such as Motorsports Mundial and Inside Grand Prix, will be featured on SPEED2, and the network's more than a dozen international racing series includes the Time Trial Xtreme Grand Prix (TTXGP), a race featuring zero-carbon, clean-emission motorcycles. Following is an initial list of the races scheduled exclusively for SPEED2:
  • FIA GT1 and GT3 (World and European Championship Touring Car Racing Series)
  • German Touring Car (DTM)
  • World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)
  • Intercontinental Rally
  • British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
  • FIM Motocross World Championship (All-Terrain Motorcycle Racing)
  • FIM Supermoto World Championship (Motorcross and Off-Road Racing)
  • FIM Enduro World Championship (Long Distance Off-Road Motorcycle Racing)
  • Nurburgring 24 (Touring Car Endurance Racing)
  • Formula 2 (Open Wheel Formula Racing)
  • F3 Euroseries (European Open Wheel Developmental Racing Series)
  • VW Scirocco Cup (German Single-Make Racing Series)

"SPEED2 will be at the cutting edge of new media programming," said Mike Biard, Executive Vice President, Fox Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. "Our distributors have been seeking more online content to complement their video offerings, and this network will deliver what drives viewership - exclusive live events and dramatic action - all in an authenticated online environment."

Both standard and high-definition content will be provided on SPEED2, and the broadband network will also have access to an extensive programming library from SPEED's 14 years on the air, including the popular series American Muscle Car, Behind the Headlights, Back in the Day and Victory by Design.

SPEED , anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation's first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in more than 80 million homes in North America, SPEED, a FOX Sports property, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

Fox Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing is a unit of Fox Networks Group (FNG) and includes 37 domestic programming services in which FNG holds interests. Together these networks reach more than 550 million subscribing television homes and represent one of the media industry's largest and most diverse programming groups. Fox Networks Sales and Marketing distributes FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Fox Reality Channel, Fox Movie Channel, FUEL TV, FSN and 19 regional cable sports networks, SPEED, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus,, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports en Espanol and the Big Ten Network (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference). FNG also includes the FOX broadcast network, Fox Digital Media, and Fox Sports Enterprises, which manages interests in sports franchises and leading statistical information provider STATS, LLC.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop screaming folks - SPEED isn't going to air less NASCAR - a proper place to showcase it's licensed rights to the NASCAR series is the sole reason FOX bought the channel in the first place.

      See the coverage as an over-abundance of NASCAR? Tough.

      The best we can hope for is what seems to be happening now: SPEED is over-saturating the NASCAR faithful and the network is dying because of it. This "internet network" sounds like a desperate last step to reach a new audience...an audience that you, I and everyone else knows doesn't exist. All it will do is turn off the last few NASCAR diehards that can't access the new service.

      Perhaps they'll refocus the network before the NASCAR kills it.

      I hope so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give us less NASCAR and more everything else. There's too much NASCAR on SPEED as it is. But don't give us dumb shows like Pinks or the stupid auto contestant shows.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh... And please please please don't let them do something totally misguided like making it in microsoft silverlight or some other platform restrictive technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how they'll be able to tell if you have the cable channel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hell, I'll pay a $10 per event that I want to watch live. Like that Nurburgring 24 or some ALMS events.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then, obviously, you can't receive it.

        ESPN 3 works if you either have:

        1) cable internet through Comcast
        2) DSL through AT&T
        3) are on a military installation or university

        For Speed2, I am assuming it will only work for customers who are on cable broadband with the same provider as their programming (xfinity, FiOS, or Uverse)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am sure they'll know... probably base it off your cable bill account number.

        This is a stupid move. There are many people that would like to see what's on Speed (if there is anything worth watching), but can't because they don't get the channel... why would they want to lock those people out?

        Throw up some ads on there dumbasses and offer it up for free like YouTube does. Stop trying to nickel-and-dime your customers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ HazDaz

        It's probably a contractual obligation. Speed has set up contracts with cable providers providing some level of exclusivity to their programming. If Speed starts streaming it for free on the Internet, they're undercutting their partners.

        That being said, some of us get screwed. I don't have the option of getting Speed through my cable provider. Because of that, now I can't stream Speed2. I would be a new member of their audience, but I'm locked out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        P. Rico - from another article:

        "Available only to SPEED subscribers as an authenticated online network, SPEED2 also will provide a variety of video-on-demand international motor sports content and compelling automotive and motorcycle enthusiast programming."

        NBC did something similar with the Olympics, it had content available online for free (and at a SCREAMINGLY fast 3.5mb/s, at least for me anyway) but you had to be a cable subscriber, ie actually get the NBC channels anyway. So for instance I have U-Verse, so I had to go, log in on my U-Verse account, and then I was able to watch the Olympics online. If you only had a broadband connection, you weren't able to (at least at the beginning, I think by the end NBC relented and made it available to all).

        ESPN3 is different, all you have to do is have your broadband through a company that also provides tv and you can watch it. So I have U-Verse but recently cancelled my tv portion, and so I can still watch ESPN3. I *won't* be able to watch Speed2 as it is currently set up now.

        So basically Speed can freakin' blow me, big time! They're trying to prop up an outdated business model (cable packages, making you pay for 400 channels just to get the half-dozen that you actually watch on a consistent basis) by tying their online content to their normal tv access. When we canceled our TV portion of U-Verse, we started saving $85/month. $85 for horrible, horrible programming. Speed ditched WRC and BTCC and replaced it with NASCAR and Pass-Time, and now they want us to pay for that same NASCAR and Pass Time just in order to watch the sporting events that they aren't even showing on normal TV anymore.

        Oh well, it's only a matter of time before channels start being offered online, for $2-5/month and we'll get to pick and choose which ones we want. Until then, it's back to semi-legal online streaming...
        • 5 Years Ago

        And how is that exactly? My internet and tv provider is different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...the same way ESPN 3 (formerly 360) has worked for more than a few years now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they make it something that I can stream to my XBOX360 (i.e., Netflix, Zune, Lastfm, etc), I'll be much more likely to watch it than on my computer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excellent, now I would rather have a regular cable channel so I can watch it on my HD screen without any extra boxes.
      But I am very excited to be able to see all the IRC, Touring Car, and SuperMoto coverage.

      Hopoefully they make it able to run on that Sprint EVO 4G :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the love of god, no more NASCAR!
        • 5 Years Ago
        But we just darn there opened up our Hall of Shame.. I mean Fame.. *hic*
      • 5 Years Ago
      > "only be available to those who pay for the the cable channel"

      Ugh, the cable television companies still don't get it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They probably never will.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What do I need, equipment-wise, in order to watch this content?

      Also, will I be able to record content via a DVR?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be so negative and most are jumping to conclusion. They left details vague for a reason, they aren't sure yet how they'll do it. Because you can't exclude a large market of people that can't get Speed on their local cable network and Sat might not be an option either.

      We get Speed via Direct TV and its not mentioned. Am I suppose to put my Direct TV account number when I log on? Seems unnecessary to me. If your a current Speed subscriber all you should have to do is prove you have a service that gets Speed. But for the rest of us, you might have to pay a small fee for access and frankly that's a tiny price to pay to have largely content devoid of NASCAR related properties.

      Finally I totally agree they should make not it only available on Boxee Box, but also Popcorn Hour, Android (think Archos 5/7/9) and Windows Media Center. Imagine taking a tablet pc to the race track to get not only the tv feed but also real-time timing and scoring!

      If it ends up being as good as I think, I will rock Speed2 swag and we'll be part of a special community.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Will we be able to watch it on the iPad?
      • 5 Years Ago
      FIA GT1 is already available for free in high quality and is an exciting series to follow:


      I'm done with SPEEDTV, too much crap, not enough road racing. They choose not to show the last MotoGP race due to a rain delay of a NASCAR truck race. Canceling Directv next month, plenty of good stuff on the net for free.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If only I could find an online F1 stream. I have yet to find anywhere that streams F1 here in the U.S. - legal or illegal.

        I agree, FIA GT1 is great racing. I stumbled on it about a month ago looking for good racing that was free to watch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are so right. FIA GT1 World is awesome. And FIA GT3 is available too. WRCC is on DirectTV too. I hope they put this SPEED2 on DirectTV as a channel or an extra.... I would never turn on my computer to watch anything NASCAR related. There's got to be enough world wide interest in true racing , other than NASCAR spectacle to make this successful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F-NASCRAP!!! and any other flat-track oval trite for that matter! They've already got enough coverage, how about a channel dedicated to those of us who were cast asunder after the FOX takeover. There are BUTTLOADS of vintage CAN-AM, FIA Camel-GT, F1, Class B and C World Rally Car etc. to fill a whole network. Bring back Victory By Design too, and how about coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Race of Champions and the myriads of off-track F1 promo events that take place all the time yet we *never* get to see here in the states? "Bubba's" got his play ground, give us ours!

      Signed~ "A Nigel"
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