Fox Sports has announced it will be moving its sports programming to digital channels starting in 2018, and its digital channels will be called “Hockey Night in Canada” and “Game of the Week” instead of “SportsCentre.”
The channel lineup will be announced at a later date, but Fox Sports chief executive James Rosen confirmed the change during a conference call with analysts and investors.
“I’m very pleased to announce that we’re going to move to Digital channels, and I’m pleased to tell you that it’s going to be Hockey Night in the Centre,” Rosen said during the call.
“We’re going to get rid of the sports part of it.
It’s not a sports part of it, it’s a new channel that’s coming out, a digital channel that you’ll be able to see and experience, that will be on your television.”
The announcement comes after Fox Sports announced a partnership with Google to produce live coverage of the NFL and NHL in the US, with the company also planning to create Google+ Live for the NFL in 2018.
The company’s move to the digital channel lineup comes after Hockey night in Canada s sports programming was pulled last year after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) announced it would no longer be offering it.
“HNC has a great reputation and great brands in the United States, Canada and around the world,” HNC’s president and CEO Mark Scott said in a statement on Thursday.
“Our goal is to continue to provide the best and most engaging content on the most popular sporting events in the world.”