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Fox Sports Southwest
Fox Sports Oklahoma
FSSouthwestLogo.gif
Launched 1983 (as Home Sports Entertainment)
April 2005 (FSN Houston)
October 2008 (FS Oklahoma)
Network Fox Sports Net
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group, a division of News Corporation (1996-present)
Picture format 480i (SD)
720p (HD)
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, parts of New Mexico, and Arkansas
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Formerly called Home Sports Entertainment (1983–1994)
Prime Sports Southwest (1994–1996)
Fox Sports Southwest (1996-2000)
Fox Sports Net Southwest (2000-2004)
FSN Southwest (2004-2008)
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports Houston
KDFW
KDFI
Website foxsportssouthwest.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 676 FS Southwest (SD/HD)
677 FS Southwest + (SD)
677-1 FS Southwest + (HD)
679 FS Oklahoma (SD)
679-1 FS Oklahoma (HD)
Dish Network 416 FS Southwest (SD)
366 FS Southwest (HD)
Houston and Oklahoma channel numbers vary by date
Cable
Available on select cable systems Check local listings for channels

Fox Sports Southwest (stylized as FS SOUTHWEST) is a regional sports network that operates in all or parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arkansas. The network operates out of the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Irving and also in Houston, the operations center for all Fox Sports Net channels in the central part of the United States.

It is the cable home for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers (MLB), FC Dallas (MLS), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Southland, Big 12, and Conference USA athletic conferences. It also is home to UIL 5A State championship games for Football, Boys Basketball, and Baseball.

Fox Sports Southwest originally began as Home Sports Entertainment in 1983, serving as the cable television home of professional and collegiate sports team throughout Texas and surrounding states. In the mid 1990s, HSE became a part of the Prime Sports Networks, thus becoming Prime Sports Southwest. In 1996, the network became Fox Sports (Net) Southwest, upon News Corporation's purchase of the Prime Networks and its merger with the SportsChannel networks.

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Coverage areas

Fox Sports Southwest is divided into three broadcasting zones, each representing the three largest television markets in the broadcast region:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (including northern and central Texas and northern Louisiana)
  • San Antonio (including Austin, El Paso, southern and western Texas, plus parts of eastern New Mexico)
  • Oklahoma (all of Oklahoma, see Fox Sports Oklahoma below).

This is mostly due to the defined broadcast territories set by the National Basketball Association, in regards to the regions's three NBA franchises—the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs. However, in certain circumstances, a limited number of Dallas Stars games (the state's only National Hockey League team) on Fox Sports Southwest air beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area. Also, the state of Texas and its surrounding outer markets are split between Texas Rangers and Houston Astros games. Fox Sports Southwest Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers over-the-air telecasts for its sister station, KDFI (Channel 27), and are syndicated throughout each team's respective broadcast territory. KDFW (Channel 4) also carries ten Rangers telecasts per season, also produced by Fox Sports Southwest.

Fox Sports Houston

On January 12, 2009 Fox Sports Houston split from Fox Sports Southwest and re-launched as a 24 hour stand-alone channel. The new feed allows the station to provide more local content and have its own identity, as well as show replays of Houston Rockets and Astros games, which the station had not been able to do before, according to Ramon Alvarez, spokesman for Fox Sports Houston. It also allows for more extensive Houston Texans coverage. Previously, Fox Sports Southwest’s Dallas feed was carried in Houston for most non-event programming. [1] Due to lack of bandwidth, DirecTV still treats Fox Sports Houston as a subfeed and only turns it on during Rockets and Astros games.

Fox Sports Oklahoma

A separate subfeed for Oklahoma launched on October 29, 2008 with the first game of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder. It operates on evenings and weekends with the Fox Sports Southwest brand showing at all times. Besides the Thunder, it also features the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Fox Sports Southwest HD

Although Fox Sports Southwest does not have a 24-hour HD simulcast, various Mavericks, Rangers, Spurs and Stars games are shown in 720p High-Definition. Fox Sports Oklahoma also airs Thunder games in HD. There are also several NCAA football and basketball games shown nationally on FSN that are available on Fox Sports Southwest HD. In July 2009, Fox Sports Southwest's former subfeed Fox Sports Houston has transitioned to 24-hour HD simulcast, marking the companies promised shift to full time HD service.

Current branding

A small logo bug on the top right corner of the screen is displayed during programming, reading FSSOUTHWEST (or in Oklahoma, FSOKLAHOMA). This is shown during most shows as well as nationally-broadcast games (with the FS colored in light blue). This changes during local games, though. During Mavericks games and Mavericks Live, the logo changes to FSMAVERICKS (with the FS in dark blue). During Stars games and Stars Live, the logo is FSSTARS (with the FS shown in a gold color). For Rangers games and Rangers Live, the logo is FSRANGERS; usually the FS will be shown in dark blue, but it is also shown in red whenever the Rangers wear their red jerseys and caps during home games. For Spurs games and Spurs Live, the logo reads FSSPURS with the FS in a silver color. Finally, during Thunder games and Thunder Live in Oklahoma markets, the logo is FSTHUNDER with the FS colored in orange.

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