The accessibility or lack thereof of FUEL has been a constant headache / punchline in the MMA community since the UFC and FOX teamed up. Just yesterday Sports Illustrated put out an article titled ‘Barao-McDonald could be a hidden gem if you can find the channel.’ That’s pretty balls. But things just got a little less testicle sack with the news that FUEL will be available on Comcast soon:
Comcast Corporation and Fox Networks (FN) announced today that they have reached an agreement for a new distribution pact to deliver Fox Broadcasting’s (FOX) and Fox Television Stations’ (FTS) wide array of entertainment, sports and local news content to Comcast Xfinity TV customers across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and internet-enabled televisions. The renewal supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the most popular video content to customers across multiple platforms.
The agreement provides video service to nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers of both live and on demand programming from 20 FTS broadcast stations (13 Fox and 7 MyNet) as well as FX, FX Movie Channel, SPEED, FUEL TV, FOX Soccer, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, MundoFox, Fox Deportes, and Fox Business Network.
No word on when people actually get these channels and I’d be shocked if it happens in time for Saturday’s Barao-McDonald fight in the UK. But I’m sure there’s a lot of people with Comcast right now who are pretty hyped about this news … until they find out what crazy expensive tier FUEL ends up in. And then they will probably gnash their teeth and rend their hair and curse the gods of cable television for being motherfuckers to the nth degree.