FOX SPORTS Launches in Malaysia


Hey Sports Fans! do you know what happened to ESPN Star Sports (ESS) after the acquisition? From January 28, 2013 all ESPN networks will be renamed as FOX SPORTS networks. Malaysian sports fans to enjoy same great content and more on FOX SPORTS networks. 

Following News Corporation’s successful acquisition of ESPN's partnership interest in ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) in November last year, all ESPN networks will be renamed as FOX SPORTS networks on Astro, such as:

• ESPN to FOX SPORTS, the flagship sports channel, available on Astro Ch 812
• ESPN HD to FOX SPORTS PLUS, the high-definition channel, available on Astro Ch 832
• ESPNEWS to FOX SPORTS NEWS, the 24-7 sports news channel,  available on Astro Ch 818
• ESPN PLAYER to FOX SPORTS PLAY (, the LIVE and on-demand broadband network

The STAR Sports channel on Astro Ch 813 will remain unchanged.

FOX International Channels (FIC) Asia, News Corporation’s international multi-media business and Asia’s leading pay-TV network, announced that FOX SPORTS, the world’s leading sports media brand, will be launched across multiple  platforms including television, broadband and online in Malaysia and in various countries across Asia on January 28. 

Sports fans can continue to follow their favourite sports at in place of for comprehensive, real time and authoritative content across an unrivalled breadth of sports news, scores and editorial opinions. Fans will also enjoy the same innovative sports coverage online in Bahasa Malaysia at

FOX SPORTS will also launch the new sports news programme FOX SPORTS CENTRAL will replace the current program SportsCenter on ESPN and will be aired on FOX SPORTS, weeknights at 7:30pm.

The new fan-focused initiatives also include introduction of the new programming block such as the ‘Thursday Fight Night’ showcasing a variety of content from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and further building upon the recently launched ‘ABL Friday Basketball’ featuring ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) where the Westports Malaysia Dragons will be aiming for top honours. In addition, FOX SPORTS will continue to offer its world-class expertise and sports coverage for Asian sports fans, with the broadcast of Sky Sports’ studio coverage of the key games of the Spanish La Liga this season.

Subscribers of ESPN networks in Malaysia will continue to enjoy the same great sporting content and more on FOX SPORTS networks including the most exciting football properties such as the Barclays Premier League, Spanish Liga BBVA, Asian Football Confederation events, motor-racing (Formula One, SBK, MotoGP, NASCAR, Dakar Rally), Grand Slam tennis (Australian Open, Wimbledon), events from the WTA Tour and ATP World Tour and the Hopman Cup, the Golf Majors (The Masters, US Open and The Open Championship) as well as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, popular American sports (Major League Baseball, NCAA College Football and Basketball), and premier Asian sports (ASEAN Basketball League, OneAsia golf tournaments, HSBC Asian Five Nations) among others.

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