As we first reported last October, it appears that the Speed channel – currently offered in more than 80 million homes in North America – will likely be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 late this summer. The renaming will allow Fox to broaden the channel's focus and air content from its Major League Baseball and National Football League contracts. A more general sports format will also position Fox more aggressively against ESPN and its various sports channels.

There is no word as to what the network plans to do with Speed's 75,000 square-foot facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, but its current renovation may be part of the plan to turn it into an anchor desk for Fox Sports 1.

Pending an official announcement from Fox, there has been no mention as the to fate of Speed's automotive content – both The List and Translogic, AOL's programming, currently appear on the Speed.


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      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, from "NA$CAR CENTRAL", the pendulum swings back the other way. I liked it better when it was Speedvision.
        stevenh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Speedvision was awesome in the mid 90's to 2002, it carried interesting programming from aviation to documentaries on F1 etc as well as news information shows on auto sector, aviation sector etc, days were themed with auto on monday, motorcycles on tuesdays, aviation wednesdays. When it was rebranded in 2002 to Speed it was the beginning of the end with crap like Unique Whips and other programming similar. It became too fixed on Nascar and Barrett Jackson. Speedvision was one of my favourite networks, Speed I hardly tune to
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Speedvision was the epitome of cool.
          gobluespartyon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sir Duke
          No it wasn't Speedvision sucked along with Speed and that is fact why I'm cool and you're not. I'm right as always.
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Speed vision....those were the days!
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, if they hadn't turned into a NASCAR leg humping festival to begin with, they wouldn't have to broaden the channel's appeal. As if there's not enough damn baseball and football coverage on TV as it is. Idiots.
        pixelnate
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        You've got that right. Speed was a decent channel before those idiots at Fox turned it into the 24-7 Roundy-round station.
        GVIrish
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Yes and no. NASCAR brought in an order of magnitude more viewers than Speedvision ever had. However, by not developing out their programming properly they failed to build the viewership for when NASCAR wasn't on. There's only so much NASCAR cribs and NASCAR gossip that anyone is gonna watch in a given week. If they built more on the Formula 1 audience and got some more quality original programming (rather than all of the low-brow garbage they peddled) Speed could've done a lot more than it did.
      Groagun
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't say I'm surprised. I was a loyal Speed Vision watcher when it first appeared. I even like the original format: if I remember correctly Mondays where general car and racing news. Tuesdays were for motorcycles. Wednesdays I think were for marine/boating. Thursdays were for flight and planes, or switch Wed and Thurs. Then Fridays and Weekends were for racing, news and repeats. I think, it was such a long time a go now and the new Speed Channel just sucks. I used to have it on all day everyday. Now, the only time I watch is when F1 is/was on or some other form of racing I like. I watched the BTTC and WTTC races and the DTM stuff, all after the fact of course. Occasionally there was a special or 2 that I would watch but to say that my viewing had dropped by 95% would be kind. NASCAR made sense and made money for them, I understand that but for quite a while it become all NASCAR all the time. It infuriated me that other race series like WRC, ALMS/LeMANS, MotoGP/WSBK and other programs were being constantly interrupted and totally cut off in some circumstances because NASCAR had something to show. What really pissed me off was that 90% of the time it wasn't racing that was shown, it was some show filled with talking heads blathering on about NASCAR. No actual racing just talk, endless talk. I miss Speed Vision=(
        stevenh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Groagun
        judging by most of the comments, many have missed the old Speedvision days, I cut back my viewing hours once it became Speedchannel later just Speed. Just was not the same
      homerrlb
      • 2 Years Ago
      What channel will have LeMan coverage now? I am very disappoint...
      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to see it fail. They've been hijacking racing from around the world (BTCC, WTCC, FIA GT1, Aussie, etc) and holding them until off-season. Hopefully channel who care about racing fans will now pick-up those series and begin showing them in-season. Bloomberg tried to do-so with GT1 2 years ago and Speed got it cancelled. The ding dongs finally accepted you can't run a channel based-on a NACAR-saturated format. Too bad they sacrificed real RACING for NASCAR's brand of 'motor sport entertainment'. If they'd been more intelligent about things they could have had a decent channel. Good riddance to bad programming.
        gobluespartyon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl T
        Speedvision/Speed sucked that is why I didn't watch it and I am glad it will be Fox Sports 1 in Aug motorsports sucks which is fact and I'm right as always.
      Relyat08
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its safe to say that 24/7 NASCAR is to blame for this. If they had some decent car programming they wouldn't be in this position, as such, they lost every car enthusiast that gave them a chance.
        Groagun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Relyat08
        Isn't there a 24/7 NASCAR channel already on cable, a specialty channel?
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      first FOX ruins myspace...now this
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whatever. Won't affect me. I cut the cable over 2 years ago with no regrets. Paying over $120/mo for a select few channels that have completely lost their original focus is pointless. History Channel (pointless non-history related garbage) Discovery Channel (reality garbage) TLC (reality garbage) National Geographic (reality garbage) Speed (Nascar 24 hour coverage garbage) Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, etc. (all agenda/opinion-driven propaganda)
        gobluespartyon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        All you're claims which are lies without any facts or proof to back up and you're loser that needs to get a life. History is still so you're about it being non-history idiot & moron I don't watch it all that much did like Gang Land that was a pretty good show on the history of gangs, Discovery isn't reality gargabage another lie without facts or proof. NATGO doesn't show reality either again another lie you clearly don't know what the trutth is Andre. Speed becoming Fox Sports 1 is a good thing come Aug since it sucked when it was speedvision/speed channel. Wrong on News channel atleast Fox News & CNN they don't have agenda and aren't opinion driven either so that is lie again idiot & moron don't know what you're talking about. MSNBC i8s preprqaganda all day everyday which isn't news unlike Fox News & CNN. I can fine almost anything on TV which is a fact since there is no crap or trash on TV as you have claimed which is a lie baseless. I'm always right which is a fact.
        stevenh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Honey Boo Boo and Fox Republican News basically sums of the great decline of the American TV empire, Thankfully there are some quality programming on some networks like AMC, HBO and Showcase
          wooootles
          • 2 Years Ago
          @stevenh
          And what of MSNBC and CNN? Shouldn't they be lumped into your "American TV empire"? I mean I know AB is basically HuffPost, but I hate it when wingnuts inject politics into everything
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Also forgot: MTV (do I really have to say why) Stevenh, Pretty much.
          gobluespartyon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Wrong MTV has great shows Andre the lying of the lying liar that doesn't know what there talking about and is clueless. Real World, The Chanllege, Snooki & JWooow, Buckwild, Teen Wolf etc. So MTV has great stuff you really need to have an open mind Andre which you clearly don't and you don't know what good TV shows are either. Again Right as always.
        kcroc10077
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Agreed. Discovery and History had some really great shows. I use to love Discovery Wings Channel but the programming let it down. I wish these cable channels would realize that the viewers are here. You don't need to court the lowest common denominator but you do need content that enthusiasts want to watch.
        CBJMNWLD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Well if I can\'t expect to have \"news\" of Fox News, I can\'t expect \"racing\" to be on SPEED. Gotta love innovation like \"Are you Faster than a Redneck\" from the same network that brought us \"Who wants to Marry a Millionaire\" & \"Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader\".
      asssvvvvxc
      • 2 Years Ago
      someone will start a real Motorsports network like Speedvision used to be
        Svartorn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @asssvvvvxc
        One can only hope. I'm 3 steps from canceling cable. I just don't see the point anymore.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a dumb idea, Speed is a good name for a car channel.
      dss10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Faux Sports 1! The all NASCAR all the time channel!
        gobluespartyon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dss10
        It's Fox Sports 1 DSS10 not Faux so get it right you idiot & moron.
        Relyat08
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dss10
        That's what made Speed basically useless to watch. This will likely change that, so no, its not going to be NASCAR all the time.
      Svartorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP televised motorsports coverage in the US other than NASCAR.
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