CableVision To Launch New SportsMax Channel

July 25, 2013

Bermuda CableVision today [July 25] announced that on August 15 Caribbean sports cable broadcaster SportsMax will launch a second 24-hour sports channel, SportsMax2, as part of its MaxPak offering.

SportsMax2 will be introduced on CableVision’s Channel 351, where Fox Soccer Plus is currently located. Fox Soccer Plus will move to CableVision’s Channel 53, in the Super Tier. The MaxPak package will therefore include SportsMax and SportsMax2 as of August 15.

The two channels combined will offer the region’s most expansive and exclusive sports coverage of cricket, football, track & field, tennis, golf, high school sports and more live coverage than ever before.

SportsMax2 will carry the majority of the Barclays Premier League and UEFA matches as well as the content from the Premier League FA’s own Premier League TV, while SportsMax will continue to broadcast international cricket such as the current Ashes and the upcoming Australia tour to India in addition to WTA tennis and IAAF track & field.

Bermuda CableVision General Manager, Terry Roberson,says, “This launch comes just in time for the Barclays Premier League matches. With double the number of BPL matches to be broadcast by the two channels, viewers can expect plenty of action. In addition, the new, enhanced MaxPak will be the only place to watch live international cricket from England, Australia, South Africa, India and the Indian Premier League. We wish our subscribers plenty of viewing enjoyment.”

SportsMax and SportsMax2 will air 320 Barclays Premier League matches over the course of the season, which kicks off on August 17th with the self-anointed “Special One” Jose Mourinho leading Chelsea against Hull, and Manchester United, without Alex Ferguson, facing Swansea.

Tanya Lee, Caribbean Marketing Manager of SportsMax TV, explains: “SportsMax2 will not only guarantee the sports fan more sports content options, it will now allow us to show more live content simultaneously. For example, cricket fans enjoying matches from South Africa will now see their matches in their entirety while BPL is live on another SportsMax channel.

“Having two channels also gives us the opportunity to produce and acquire more content that is in demand by the Caribbean audience that these channels are tailored for: more cricket; more football; more track & field; more tennis; more of everything our Caribbean subscribers want, when they want it.”

CableVision subscribers are reminded that Fox Soccer Channel will be discontinued as of August 15, 2013, with Fox Soccer Plus offered in its place, on Channel 53. It will no longer be a part of the MaxPak subscription package, as SportsMax will no longer be distributing Fox Soccer Plus as of August 15.

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  1. Drewgle says:

    So they can get SportsMax and SportsMax2, but not a HD feed of ABC/NBC/CBS?

    Seems reasonable

  2. Sad Truth says:

    Oh I’m sure they can get other US Network HD feeds from a technical point of view, but the issue likely lies with Bermuda Broadasting/DeFontes letting them air it .. After all, would you bother watching ZBM/ZFB/VSB if you had a better alternate choice?

    FYI, ZBM/ZFB at least are available HD over the air if you have an appropriate TV with HD tuner that supports it, just need some rabbit airs or the like ..

    • media says:

      Correction – Over the air with digital reception of ZBM/ZFB is not HD. It looks a lot better than before but it is not HD.

      • Sad Truth says:

        Yes you are correct, it’s digital 480i which is SD quality. Good point.

  3. hold on says:

    so what happens to fox soccer that used to be on ch53? how is this an improvement?

  4. kevin says:

    so they can get sportsmax but why they can”t get twc sports net so i can watch my lakers game

  5. Truth is killin' me... says:

    So right now I have SportsMax, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus…after the15th I will only get SportsMax and SportsMax 2 and then have to pay extra for Fox Soccer Plus? If this is the case then Cablevision are robbing me! Correct me please if I am wrong.

    • Mr. B says:

      Fox lost the bpl as far as i know its on nbc stations this season. what they need to do is get beinsports they have every league. but they wouldnt make any money if they did that i suppose.