In a DVR world, sports is about the only stuff regularly watched live—which allows sports networks to demand increasingly higher fees from cable providers. On August 17, another 24-hour sports channel joins the gold rush: Fox Sports 1, a reboot of the niche audience Speed channel. How much more will subscribers tolerate?
How much Speed charged cable providers per subscriber, per month
How much Fox Sports 1 will charge cable companies per subscriber, per month (estimated)
Increase in fee-generated revenue from Fox Sports 1 (estimated)
How much ESPN charges cable companies per subscriber, per month, the highest price of any network
Number of sports networks among 1993’s top 20 most expensive channels (excluding premium channels)
Number of sports networks among today’s top 20 most expensive channels (excluding premium channels)
Increase in price for an average cable subscription since 1993, from $29.43 per month to $73.44 per month
Except for $1 figure, Data from SNL Kagan
Illustration by Luke Bott
A version of this article appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine.