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July Fox Sports started life as the Premier Sports Network later just 'Premier Sports' as the only fully operational local channel at the launch of Australia's first pay-television service, Galaxy.
The service was launched at on 26 January in Sydney, and made a name for itself, securing the rights to Australia's cricket tour of the West Indies.
Previously Australian cricket tours had been covered on the Nine Network on free-to-air, and Nine tried to stop the broadcast under Australia's 'anti-siphoning' rules, which state that certain popular sporting events cannot be screened exclusively on pay television. PSN signed a deal with Network Ten to share the broadcast rights.
When Foxtel launched its cable service later that year, PSN was included as part of the package.
In a secondary channel was launched on Foxtel to carry broadcasts of the new Super League competition. The channel on Foxtel was later relaunched as Fox Sports Two, at first broadcasting from Friday through Monday each week, and later expanding to a full hour, 7-day service in These were referred to by Optus as "Optus Sports 1" and "Optus Sports 2" in Optus promotional material; on-air programming referred to the channels as simply "Sports One" and "Sports Two", although programming such as the nightly Fox Sports News bulletins retained the Fox name.
Optus dropped the "Optus Sports" name in October Fox Sports Two was generally used to cover bigger events that require large amounts of air time, such as the Winter Olympics , Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the European Football Championship.
During the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne , Fox Sports carried an additional eight channels dedicated to Games events. These were available to customers at an additional charge.
Fox Sports has been the exclusive broadcaster of the Hyundai A-League since its first season in The deal to cover the A-league live and exclusive has reaped big rewards for Fox Sports, its ratings were very strong in the season and the A-league grand final became at the time, Fox Sports' highest ever rating event.
This match was watched by an average of , people.
This includes the exclusive only Sunday twilight match. In addition they will broadcast Friday night games live into New South Wales and Queensland via channel at no extra charge - normally used for pay-per-view service Main Event. When channel a is used in this way it is promoted as Fox Sports Plus on-air.
The channel is being used increasingly to show live events when Fox Sports has a clash involving its main 3 channels.
On Saturday 17 March , for example, Fox Sports broadcast a match from the Cricket World Cup Ireland v Pakistan live on , as it was committed to football, rugby union and another cricket match on its main 3 channels.
In Fox Sports coverage of National Rugby League games held 73 out of the top programs of any type aired on Foxtel.
Fox Sports also launched a new corporate logo in line with its global affiliate broadcasters.