By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man – @tvanswerman
DIRECTV Stream has added Fuel TV to channel 4110. The digital network is dedicated to action sports such as skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motocross, surfing, BMX and FMX. Fuel TV is available as a standalone service for $4.99 a month, but it’s now included for free in each DIRECTV Stream programming package.
DIRECTV’s streaming service earlier this month added SportsGrid to its lineup. The channel is a streaming network dedicated to sports betting with original programming featuring analysts who offer their opinions on what to bet and how. The channel is on DIRECTV Stream’s channel 4105 near the bottom of its on-screen guide. (SportsGrid also has a live stream of its channel at its web site and on its mobile app.)
The addition of the two sports channels continues DIRECTV Stream’s effort to establish itself as a sports-0riented live streaming service. DIRECTV Stream offers more regional sports networks than any other live streaming service and recently added the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to its lineup. The streamer also now has the Sports Pack, which has been available for years on DIRECTV’s satellite service. The package, which includes more than 40 sports channels, costs $14.99 a month.
The Sports Pack also includes out-of-market programming from more than 30 regional sports networks including the Bally Sports nets, the AT&T-named RSNs, the NBC Sports channels, Yes Network, Marquee Sports Network, SportsNet LA, and MASN, among others. The programming includes studio shows, documentaries, and live sporting events that are not blacked out. Live sports from the professional sports leagues such as MLB, NHL and NBA are blacked out on Sports Pack unless you live in a market where the teams are based.
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— Phillip Swann