Fox Sports Southwest
|Fox Sports Southwest|
|Launched||January 4, 1983
(as Home Sports Entertainment)
|Network||Fox Sports Networks|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Broadcast area||Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Eastern New Mexico|
|Formerly called||Home Sports Entertainment (1983–1994)
Prime Sports Southwest (1994–1996)
Fox Sports Southwest (1996–2000)
Fox Sports Net Southwest (2000–2004)
FSN Southwest (2004–2008)
|Sister channel(s)||Fox Sports New Orleans
Fox Sports Oklahoma
KDFW Dallas-Fort Worth
KDFI Dallas-Fort Worth
|DirecTV||676 FS Southwest (SD/HD)
677 FS Southwest + (SD)
677-1 FS Southwest + (HD)
|Dish Network||416 FS Southwest (SD/HD)|
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
Fox Sports Southwest is an American regional sports network that is operated as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, and serves all or parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico, and Arkansas. The channel is owned by Fox Cable Networks, a unit of the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox. The network is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Irving and also in Houston, the operations center for all Fox Sports Networks channels in the central part of the United States.
It holds the regional cable television rights to the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL), Texas Rangers (MLB), San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Stars (WNBA), plus local coverage of the Big 12 and Conference USA. It also is home to UIL 6A State championship games for football, boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, and softball as well as 2A-5A football championships..
Fox Sports Southwest originally began as Home Sports Entertainment in 1983. One of the first regional sports networks, it served as the cable television home of professional and collegiate sports teams throughout Texas and surrounding states. In 1988, HSE affiliated with Prime Sports Networks. Until the early 1990s, it shared time with other networks on several cable systems. In 1994, Liberty Media acquired HSE and changed its name to Prime Sports Southwest. In 1996, the network became Fox Sports (Net) Southwest, upon News Corporation's purchase of the Prime Networks.
In terms of both area and viewership, Fox Sports Southwest is the second-largest network in the FSN group (behind Fox Sports South). Its footprint extends from eastern New Mexico all the way to Panama City, Florida. The network is divided into five broadcasting zones, each representing the five largest television markets in its designated broadcast region:
- Dallas-Fort Worth (including northern and north-central Texas, parts of West Texas, and northern Louisiana)
- Houston (southeast Texas, replacing former coverage area of Fox Sports Houston)
- San Antonio (including Austin, El Paso, southern Texas, parts of West Texas, plus parts of eastern New Mexico)
- Oklahoma (all of Oklahoma, most of Arkansas and parts of southwest Missouri see Fox Sports Oklahoma).
- New Orleans (East Texas, most of Louisiana, parts of Mississippi and Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, see Fox Sports New Orleans).
This is mostly due to the defined broadcast territories set by the National Basketball Association regarding four of the region's NBA franchises – the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans. Whenever there is a conflict (such as Mavericks/Thunder, Mavericks/Spurs, Thunder/Spurs, and sometimes Mavericks/Spurs/Thunder), the games will be shown on their own subfeeds (Thunder on Fox Sports Oklahoma, Spurs or Mavericks on Fox Sports Southwest). In certain circumstances, Dallas Stars games (Texas' only National Hockey League team) air on Fox Sports Southwest beyond the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area, including the Houston market, which no longer receives any NBA broadcasts on Fox Sports Southwest.
Programming seen in each broadcasting zone is common in most areas, and includes a mix of programs supplied by Fox Sports Networks and some original programming exclusive to Fox Sports Southwest (such as Hometown Kids and the Dallas Morning News-co-produced SportsdayOnAir).
Fox Sports Southwest HD
Although Fox Sports Southwest does not have a 24-hour HD simulcast, various Mavericks, Rangers, Spurs and Stars games are shown in 720p high-definition. There are also several NCAA football and basketball games shown nationally on FSN that are available on Fox Sports Southwest HD.
Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Fox Sports Southwest Plus, also branded as "FOX Sports Southwest +" or FS SOUTHWEST +", is a channel used by Fox Sports Southwest as an alternate feed to simultaneously show multiple events on two channels in the same market.
A logo bug appears on the top right screen during regular programming. For most programs (including nationally-televised sports) the Fox Sports logo is shown with a dark blue, rounded arrow shaped drop-down containing the word "SOUTHWEST". The bottom of the drop-down contains a small arrow, colored light blue. During local sporting telecasts, the logo changes. For Rangers baseball games, the text in the drop-down changes to "RANGERS" (so that the bug reads Fox Sports Rangers), with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down shown in red. As for Mavericks basketball games, the text in the drop-down changes to "MAVERICKS", with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down colored the standard blue. For Stars hockey games, the text in the drop-down changes to "STARS", with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down colored in green (colored in gold before the Stars introduced a new logo and color scheme for 2013). And for Spurs basketball games, the text in the drop-down changes to "SPURS", with the arrow at the bottom of the drop-down colored silver. These localized logo bugs are also seen during each team's Live pre- and post-game shows.