Speed, sometimes still referred to as the Speed Channel, is a cable and satellite television channel broadcast to various parts of North America, but primarily the United States. DirecTV (trademarked as "DIREC' TV' " is a Direct broadcast satellite (DBS service based in El Segundo California, USA, that was founded Not be confused with Indian Service Dish TV DISH Network is a Direct broadcast satellite (DBS service that provides Satellite television Star Choice is a Direct broadcast satellite Television distributor in Canada which is majority-owned by Cable TV operator Shaw Communications SKY Latin America refers to two closely related pay-TV providers one based in Mexico, the other in Brazil. IPTV ( Internet Protocol Television) is a system where a Digital television service is delivered using Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure which Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line ( ADSL) is a form of DSL, a data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over Copper Telephone Telus ( TSX: T TA NYSE: TU is a national Telecommunications company in Canada that provides a wide range of communications products and Satellite television is Television delivered by the means of Communications satellites as compared to conventional Terrestrial television and Cable The term television channel generally refers to either a Television station or its cable / satellite counterpart (both outlined below The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The channel, based in Charlotte, NC, is primarily devoted to coverage of various forms of auto racing.
Programming includes live Formula One racing, NASCAR-related shows, how-to programming, auto-related movies such as The Fast and the Furious, auto shows, less-popular racing series, a weekly news show, call-in shows, and reality shows. Types of racing Unassisted human racing Using only the Human body 's own Muscles Running: Cross country The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ( NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of Stock cars in the United States. The Fast and the Furious film series is a 2000s series of Street racing Films produced by Universal Studios. An auto show, or motorshow, is a public exhibition of current Automobile models debuts Concept cars or out-of-production classics Bobsledding, luge, and skeleton events are shown during the winter months. Bobsleigh, bobsled or bobsledge is a Winter sport invented by Englishmen in the late 1860s in which teams make timed runs down narrow twisting banked A luge is a small one- or two-person Sled on which one sleds supine (face up and feet-first Skeleton is a Winter sport in which competitors aim to drive a one-person Sled in a prone head-first position down an ice track in the fastest time Winter is one of the four Seasons of Temperate zones Calculated astronomically, it begins on the Solstice and ends on the Equinox Speed is also the exclusive United States broadcaster of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Petit Le Mans, the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Challenge and the Gatorade Duels at Daytona. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Broadcaster may refer to A Broadcasting organization one responsible for the production of radio and television programs and/or their transmission The Rolex 24 at Daytona (frequently referred to by its historical title the 24 Hours of Daytona) is a 24-hour sports car Endurance race held annually at The 24 Hours of Le Mans ( 24 Heures du Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually since near the town of Le Mans, Sarthe, The Petit Le Mans ( French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston until 2004 then the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge from 2004 until 2007 is a race open to race winners The Gatorade Duel, is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway
The channel which eventually became Speed Channel was launched on New Year's Day 1996, by Roger L. Werner Jr. , E. Roger Williams, Nickolas Rhodes and Robert Scanlon under the name Speedvision. Ownership included Cox Communications, Continental Cable and AT&T. Cox Communications, also known as Cox Cable and formerly Cox Broadcasting Corporation is a privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital Under their management, Speedvision became the fastest growing cable network of all time while delivering the highest male viewing audience per household of any cable or broadcast network in existence. In the summer of 2001, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation purchased one-third of Speedvision. In August 2001, they negotiated to acquire the stakes owned by Cox and Comcast, thus giving them majority ownership. Comcast Corporation ( is the largest Cable television company the second largest Internet service provider and (according to the company the fourth largest telephone Fox leveraged the network as a negotiating tool for NASCAR television rights which were split with NBC. The plan was to morph the channel into a 24-hour NASCAR network. This plan was ultimately shelved in the fall due to Fox management's unwillingness to place NASCAR races on the channel.
On Monday February 11, 2002 at 7:59 p. m. ET, Speedvision relaunched as Speed Channel. The first program of the new format was a special launch show and 2002 NASCAR preview focusing on Speedweeks 2002. News Corp. 's FOX had a year-old relationship as a NASCAR broadcaster, many NASCAR shows began airing on Speed Channel, a move that was unpopular with some of the network's viewers. However, with the increased NASCAR programming, viewership is at all-time highs, with the channel being added to many regular cable lineups.
In its nearly four-year existence under its new name, Speed has made an effort to show more live races. In 2001, 2002, and 2006, Speed broadcasted select Champ Car races. In October 2002, Speed bought out the remaining year of ESPN's three-year contract for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and in February 2003, began showing live exclusive coverage of the series. ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to The network's coverage of the Truck Series' Florida Dodge Dealers 250 for February 18, 2005 scored a Nielsen rating of 2. 1, the highest-rated program in the network's history. Another Speed staple is WindTunnel with Dave Despain, a live call-in show that has been on the network since February 2003.
Since its inception in 1996, there has been a racing series which was created by Werner, Williams and Scanlon, named after the network-the SPEED World Challenge, formerly named, not surprisingly, the Speedvision World Challenge. The SPEED World Challenge is an American Auto racing series that is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. Speed also runs a very short segment during its commercial breaks, titled, "My First Car", in which celebrities like Ron Howard, Pierce Brosnan, and George Lucas (who has a great love for Fiat) and Speed Channel viewers talk about the first set of wheels they ever drove. Ronald William Howard (born March 1 1954 is a director and producer as well as an Actor. Pierce Brendan Brosnan, OBE Honour and so holds an honorary OBE George Walton Lucas Jr (born May 14, 1944) is an Academy Award -winning American Film director, producer, Screenwriter
Speed made news with the 2005 firing of network president Jim Liberatore, who had been with the network since FOX bought it in 2001 when it was still Speedvision, reportedly because Liberatore had wanted to reduce the number of NASCAR-related shows on the network, and the network brass wanted more NASCAR-related programming. Liberatore is now attempting to start a new network called The Racing Network, which will be closer to the original Speedvision. In 2002, Speedvision had collaborated with Disney, causing the channel to resemble the Disney Channel in some ways, making the channel targeted for younger viewers in the pre-teen and teenage. For the Disney Channel in other countries see Disney Channel around the world. This angered some network viewers, who feared that Speed was close to becoming an all-NASCAR channel. However, NASCAR programming continues to draw viewers to the network. Some Speed viewers have suggested a second channel for non-NASCAR programming, just like ESPN has with ESPN2.
Speed is primarily a satellite and digital cable network, although many areas in the U. S. do have the network in their basic cable packages. It is also available in Canada and in Brazil. Racing coverage, particularly that of Formula One, is sometimes subject to blackout outside the U. S. In the spring of 2006, Speed launched Speed Mobile, where fans can download ring-tones and wallpapers made by Speed to their cell phones.
In late 2005, Speed Channel re-branded themselves as SPEED, canceling some TV shows including NASCAR Nation. On February 8, 2008, Speed launched a high definition simulcast. Events 421 - Constantius III becomes co- Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common High-definition television (HDTV is a Digital television Broadcasting system with higher resolution than traditional television systems (standard-definition DirecTV was one of the first to carry this new channel. DirecTV (trademarked as "DIREC' TV' " is a Direct broadcast satellite (DBS service based in El Segundo California, USA, that was founded
Speed's Latin American channel has live coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, Rolex Sports Car Series, American Le Mans Series and A1 Grand Prix. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is a Stock car racing series owned and operated by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing. The Rolex Sports Car Series is the premiere series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. The American Le Mans Series ( ALMS) is a Sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada. History The nation-based A1GP concept was founded by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum of Dubai, initially in 2004 Also shows delayed coverage of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, World Series by Renault and NASCAR Mexico. Renault_World_Series_Donington_2007jpg|left|thumb|World Series by Renault at Donington Park in 2007 NASCAR Mexico is a joint-venture between NASCAR and OCESA, a Mexican entertainment company aiming to develop manage and operate local motorsports events and oversee It's programming includes highlights shows of Australia's V8 Supercars, Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, British F3, FIA GT, AMA Supercross and Argentine TC 2000 and Turismo Carretera. V8 Supercars is a Touring car racing category operated under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters ( DTM, German Touring Car Masters is a Touring car racing series based in Germany, but also with rounds elsewhere The British Formula Three Championship is a national motor racing championship that takes place primarily in the United Kingdom with a small number of events in mainland The FIA GT Championship is a Sports car racing series organized by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO at the behest of the Fédération Internationale de Supercross is a cycle racing sport involving Racing specialized high performance off-road Motorcycles on an artificially made dirt tracks consisting of steep jumps For TC 2000, the 1993 film starring Billy Blanks see TC 2000 (film. Turismo Carretera ( English: Road racing, lit Road Touring) is probably the most popular car racing series in Argentina, and the oldest car It also shows programs such as Grand Prix On Track, Grand Prix Story, Unique Whips, Tuner Mania, Pinks and Monster Jam. Unique Whips is a television show that aired on Speed Channel from 2005-Present Pinks is a series of television programs on Speed Channel based on drag racing. Monster Jam is a live Motorsport event tour and Television show operated by Feld Entertainment.
- During WindTunnel with Dave Despain one time, Despain railed on the increased amount of NASCAR coverage the channel has, disappointed that the channel had gone away from its roots. WindTunnel with Dave Despain is a live viewer Call-in show exclusively for Auto racing fans that debuted on SPEED Channel on February 22
- Speed has also been criticized for narrowing its offering of professional motorsports, in particular after it quit coverage of WRC, due to its current NASCAR contract. The WRc Group is a privately-owned group of companies providing research and consultancy on water supply waste treatment and the public
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External links Car Crazy is a SPEED Channel television series about automotive enthusiasts hosted by Barry Meguiar, President and CEO of the Meguiar's car care product Dream Car Garage is a weekly television show on Speed Channel, produced by Westward Wind Productions Forza Motorsport Showdown was a weekly television show on Speed Channel, produced by Turn 10 Studios The National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing ( NASCAR) makes and enforces numerous rules and regulations that transcend all racing series NASCAR Inside Nextel Cup was a show that aired Monday nights on SPEED Channel during the NASCAR season MotorWeek is a Maryland Public Television Television show focusing on Automobiles The show puts new cars in a series of road tests that evaluates various NASCAR Live! is a program that is aired on the Speed Channel, usually used to fill in the gaps of which are in-between qualifying practice or simply a race NASCAR RaceDay is a pre-race show on Speed Channel. Hosted by John Roberts, the show features driver/analysts Kenny Wallace and NASCAR Trackside is a NASCAR race themed show on Speed Channel. NASCAR Victory Lane is a post-race show on Speed Channel that recaps every Sprint Cup event Pinks is a series of television programs on Speed Channel based on drag racing. SuperCars Exposed is a weekly television show featuring Supercars Hosted by road rally and drifting racer Tanner Foust the host tests drives the vehicles to test their Survival of the Fastest is the debut album by Thrash metal band Gama Bomb. The Speed Report is SPEED Channel 's news show that debuted on August 6, 2006, replacing Speed News. NASCAR Trackside is a NASCAR race themed show on Speed Channel. Tradin' Paint is the name of two separate Television programs on the U Unique Whips is a television show that aired on Speed Channel from 2005-Present WindTunnel with Dave Despain is a live viewer Call-in show exclusively for Auto racing fans that debuted on SPEED Channel on February 22 7 Days was a program ran on The Speed Channel that started in February 2006 that shows the in and out views of the NASCAR world American Muscle Car is a weekly television show on Speed (TV channel, produced by Restoration Productions LLC Back in the Day is a television show on the North American cable / satellite network SPEED Channel. Fifth Gear (formerly 5th Gear) is a motoring magazine show on British Television channel Five. Formula 1 Decade was a show on SPEED Channel. First airing on May 11, 2003, the show takes a look at Formula 1 Grand Prix The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, and historically known simply as "The 500" is an American Inside NBS is a Spin-off to NASCAR Inside Nextel Cup, and aired on SPEED Channel. I Wanna Date a Race Car Driver was a Reality television Show on SPEED Channel. Legends of Motorsport was a series of automotive documentaries aired by the former television channel Speedvision, which became the current SPEED Channel NASCAR Nation is a program on the SPEED Channel, which aired Monday nights discussing the lifestyle of NASCAR drivers when NBS 24/7 was a Television program on SPEED Channel. Every Monday the show profiled some of the crews and drivers of NASCAR 's Payback is a television show on the Speed Channel that debuted in 2006. Pit Bull is a Debate show that aired live every Saturday on SPEED Channel during the 2004 NASCAR season The Speed Report is SPEED Channel 's news show that debuted on August 6, 2006, replacing Speed News. Speed Racer is an English adaptation of the Japanese Manga and Anime, which centered on automobile racing. Texas Hardtails is a TV series that aired 10 episodes in the USA during 2005. The Reality of Speed was an unscripted television series that ran on SpikeTV and SPEED from 2004-2006 Victory by Design is a series of Documentary films on the subject of famous racing Automobile Marques produced in the 1990s and 2000s WRC Rally Magazine was a show on SPEED Channel. The show always preceded the network's coverage of a World Rally Championship event History The nation-based A1GP concept was founded by Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum of Dubai, initially in 2004 The AMA Superbike is the premiere Superbike racing series in the United States. Supercross is a cycle racing sport involving Racing specialized high performance off-road Motorcycles on an artificially made dirt tracks consisting of steep jumps The American Le Mans Series ( ALMS) is a Sports car racing series based in the United States and Canada. ARCA RE/MAX Series is an American stock car series the premier division of the Automobile Racing Club of America. V8 Supercars is a Touring car racing category operated under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA Champ Car, was the name for a class and specification of cars used in American Championship Car Racing for many decades primarily for use in the Indianapolis Championship Off-Road Racing (usually abbreviated CORR) is a sanctioning body for Offroad racing in the United States. The British Touring Car Championship is a Touring car racing series held each year in the United Kingdom. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series founded in 2005 is a racing championship series for late model stock cars Overview A Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix was first organized by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM in 1949 History The Superbike World Championship began in, being open to modified versions of road bike models available to the public The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters ( DTM, German Touring Car Masters is a Touring car racing series based in Germany, but also with rounds elsewhere For the article about the Asian version of the GP2 series see GP2 Asia Series. The KONI Challenge Series (formerly known as Grand-Am Cup) is a Touring car series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. Gatorade is a flavored non- carbonated Sports drink manufactured by the Quaker Oats Company, now a division of PepsiCo. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston until 2004 then the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge from 2004 until 2007 is a race open to race winners The Rolex Sports Car Series is the premiere series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. The SPEED World Challenge is an American Auto racing series that is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America. The Star Mazda Series is a stand alone series of open-wheel race cars of a single formula conducted by Star Race Cars that started in the early 1990s with the current car released The United States Hot Rod Association ( USHRA) is an organization owned by Feld Entertainment that markets various motorsports Monster Jam is a live Motorsport event tour and Television show operated by Feld Entertainment. The World of Outlaws (often abbreviated WoO is an American motorsports sanctioning body The World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR is an American Off-road racing series The 24 Hours of Le Mans ( 24 Heures du Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually since near the town of Le Mans, Sarthe, The Rolex 24 at Daytona (frequently referred to by its historical title the 24 Hours of Daytona) is a 24-hour sports car Endurance race held annually at The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is a collector car auction and exposition company started in 1960 The Gatorade Duel, is NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway The Knoxville Nationals is an annual sprint car event held at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville Iowa. The Petit Le Mans ( French for little Le Mans) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia The Race of Champions is an international Motorsport event held at the end of each year featuring some of the world's best racing and Rally drivers The Sports Car Club of America ( SCCA) is a club and sanctioning body supporting Road racing, rally, and Autocross in the United States The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, formerly known as The Winston until 2004 then the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge from 2004 until 2007 is a race open to race winners The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing ( NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of Stock cars in the United States. The Toyota All-Star Showdown is a nonpoints all-star race that brings together the top drivers in NASCAR 's lower-level series. The United States Grand Prix is a motor race which has been run on and off since 1908 when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway Indiana (an Enclave of Indianapolis) in the United States, is the home of the Derek Daly (born March 11, 1953 in Dundrum, Dublin) is a former Racing driver from the Republic of Ireland. Peter David Windsor (born on April 11, 1952 in England) is a Formula 1 Journalist and Reporter, and has formerly worked Bob Varsha (born April 21, 1951 in Northport New York) is one of the more prominent on-air personalities for SPEED Channel. David Hobbs (born June 9, 1939) is a British former Racing driver currently employed as a SPEED commentator Sam Posey (born May 26, 1944, New York City New York) is a retired American racecar driver and sports broadcast journalist Steve Matchett, born in England on December 23 1962, is currently a commentator for American cable TV station SPEED Channel on its various Rick Benjamin (born on October 22, 1952 in Danbury Connecticut) is SPEED Channel 's voice of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, Steve Byrnes (born April 14 1959) is a television announcer and producer associated with NASCAR broadcasting Derek Daly (born March 11, 1953 in Dundrum, Dublin) is a former Racing driver from the Republic of Ireland. Alain de Cadenet (born November 27, 1945 in London) is an on air personality for the SPEED Channel and ESPN Dave Despain (born May 20, 1946) is an American motor sports Journalist. Bob Dillner (born November 29, Huntington New York) is a motorsports journalist and television broadcaster Brian Drebber (born July 27, 1950) is an American Sportscaster currently working for SPEED. Calvin Fish (born July 22, 1961 in Norwich) is an English television announcer for the SPEED Channel and a former race car driver Nicky Grist (born 1 November 1961 in Ebbw Vale) is a Welsh rally Co-driver. David Hobbs (born June 9, 1939) is a British former Racing driver currently employed as a SPEED commentator Mike Joy (born November 25, 1949 in Chicago Illinois) is a TV sports announcer who currently serves as the lap-by-lap voice of FOX Sports Kazzer, born Mark Kasprzyk, is a hip hop -influenced Alternative rock musician and auto sports television personality from Canada Tommy Kendall (born October 17 1966 in Santa Monica California) is an American race car driver and Television broadcaster Steve Matchett, born in England on December 23 1962, is currently a commentator for American cable TV station SPEED Channel on its various Toby Moody is a British Sports commentator focused on Motor racing. Phil Parsons (born June 21, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan) is a former NASCAR driver Craig Reynolds can refer to Craig Reynolds (baseball (born 1952 - a baseball player Craig Reynolds (computer graphics (born 1953 - a computer John Roberts (born October 2, 1965) is host of the Speed Channel shows NASCAR RaceDay, and NASCAR Victory Lane Elliott William Barnes Sadler (born April 30, 1975 in Emporia Virginia) is a race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dorsey Schroeder is a race car driver born February 5, 1953 in Kirkwood Missouri. Leigh Diffey (born on March 3, 1971 in Brisbane) is an Australian Auto racing commentator with the SPEED Channel in the Ralph Sheheen (born on August 23, 1964 in Utica New York) is currently a pit reporter for NASCAR on TNT, an announcer for AMA Jimmy Spencer (born February 15, 1957 in Berwick Pennsylvania) is an American NASCAR driver and commentator Brian Till (born March 26, 1960, Houston Texas) is a racecar driver who formerly competed in the CART Championship Car series Bob Varsha (born April 21, 1951 in Northport New York) is one of the more prominent on-air personalities for SPEED Channel. Wendy Venturini (born in Chicago Illinois is a reporter for SPEED's pre-race show NASCAR RaceDay. Krista Voda is an American Sportscaster who covers Auto racing. Kenny Wallace (born August 23, 1963) is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver who until recently drove the #78 Darrell Lee Waltrip (born February 5, 1947 in Owensboro Kentucky) is a three-time former NASCAR Winston Cup champion the 1989 Daytona Michael Curtis Waltrip (born April 30, 1963 in Owensboro Kentucky) is a professional race car driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing. Greg White (born July 25, 1979 in) is an American football Defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football Peter David Windsor (born on April 11, 1952 in England) is a Formula 1 Journalist and Reporter, and has formerly worked Lindsay Czarniak (born November 7 1977) is an American sports anchor and reporter for WRC-TV (usually dubbed NBC4 the local Carl Michael Edwards II (born August 15, 1979) is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series driver for Jeffrey Brian Burton (born June 29, 1967 in South Boston Virginia) also sometimes referred to as "JB" is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Connie LeGrand (born in Columbus Ohio) is an American Television Journalist who has served in broadcasting in South Carolina and Shannon Spake (born 1976 is a NASCAR correspondent for ESPN. Spake contributes to both NASCAR Countdown Jonathan Benson Jr (born June 27, 1963 in Grand Rapids Michigan) is a NASCAR driver and the son of former Michigan modified driver John Benson Allen Bestwick (born on September 24, 1961 in Newport Rhode Island) is the host of ESPN 's NASCAR pre-race show NASCAR Countdown Chad Little (born April 29, 1963 in Spokane Washington) is a former NASCAR driver Nicole Manske (born July 2, 1980) is a beauty queen and news reporter from Roscoe Illinois who has competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant Bob Jenkins (born September 4, 1947 in Liberty, Indiana) is a television and radio sports announcer best known Below is a numerical representation of the DirecTV channel lineup. Channel Types
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