Industry News 5/12/2007

Fuel TV Now Available in More than 50 Million Homes

Fuel TV Signs Affiliation Agreement with Comcast

FUEL TV Acquires Rob Corddry Comedy Film “Blackballed”

Original Series to Mark its Fourth Anniversary this Summer

LAS VEGAS - Fox Cable Networks today announced that it has reached an agreement with Comcast that would let the country's largest cable company add FUEL TV to its digital lineup.  FUEL TV now has distribution agreements with all top ten cable providers, and launched in July 2003 with ongoing satellite partner DIRECTV.  By year-end, FUEL TV will be available to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.

“Comcast is a tremendous new partner for FUEL TV, and one that truly recognizes the enormous influence of digitally savvy teens and young adults who have embraced our network as a preferred entertainment destination,” says David Sternberg, executive vice president of emerging networks for Fox Cable Networks and FUEL TV general manager.  “We look forward to working together with Comcast to drive digital subscriptions in the many crucial markets they serve.”

Action sports and the action sports lifestyle continue to surge in popularity throughout the United State. More than 26 million people nationwide now say they participate in action sports, ranking action sports activities second only to basketball.  More than 90 percent of all people watching FUEL TV say they spend at least five days a week with the network, and more than 92 percent of those describe it as one of their favorite services.

FUEL TV is building upon its programming offerings with the new comedy film “Blackballed,” featuring Rob Corddry (“The Winner,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Rob Huebel (“Arrested Development”), Ed Helms (“The Office”) and Dannah Feinglass (“MADtv”). Previously only available through video-on-demand, “Blackballed” makes its FUEL TV network premiere later this summer.  FUEL TV will premiere the new docu-series “The 808” in July, focusing on Hawaii's fabled North Shore and a group of local surfers who call themselves the Wolfpak. FUEL TV will also return its original series “American Misfits” for a second season. Also in July, “The Daily Habit,” FUEL TV’s original daily dose of art, culture, music, gaming, action sports athletes and celebrities premieres its 450th episode. 

Other returning series include “Drive presented by Jeep,” featuring professional skateboarder Mike Vallely and “M80” showcasing top motocross riders, their daredevil riding and the ladies who love them, and “The Captain and Casey Show” returns with all-new guests, skateboarding and mischief.

FUEL TV remains the official home of the Association of Surf Professionals (ASP) World Tour, featuring the sport's elite men and women competing in some of the most dangerous waves in the world.

About FUEL TV: FUEL TV’s programming covers the lifestyle and culture of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, freestyle motocross, and wakeboarding. Through its original and commissioned series and specials, short-form content, films, and prestigious event coverage, the channel features action sports athletes — in motion and in exclusive interviews — emerging musicians, celebrities, and breaking news. A unit of Fox Cable Networks, FUEL TV was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in 24 million U.S. homes. FUEL TV is viewed in 54 countries including the UK (FX UK); Australia (FUEL TV Aus), and Latin America (FX Latin America). To subscribe to FUEL TV call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit

About Fox Cable Networks: Fox Cable Networks includes more than 30 domestic programming services in which News Corporation holds interests. Together these networks reach more than 400 million subscribing television homes and represent one of the media industry’s largest and most diverse groups of programming operations. Those networks and related multi-platform extensions include entertainment and lifestyle networks FX, National Geographic Channel and NGC HD, Fox Reality, Fox Movie Channel and FUEL TV; sports services FSN and the 19 owned-and-operated regional networks that act as its core; SPEED, Fox College Sports and Big Ten Network; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. FCN also includes Fox Sports Enterprises, which manages interests in sports franchises and leading statistical information provider STATS, LLC.

-Fox Cable Networks-