A trio of Fox Sports Net channels have made the switch to Root Sports, bringing a new name to fans in three regional markets. The three new channels are Root Sports Pittsburgh, Root Sports Northwest, and Root Sports Rocky Mountain which also has a subfeed for Utah. So what can sports fans expect from these new sports channels?
Not a lot will change from the old FSN branded channels when you examine the teams and content offered. The name change comes several years after the networks were obtained by DIRECTV’s parent company Liberty Media. They have continued to operate under the FSN brand name while managed by DIRECTV Sports Networks since 2008. Being owned by DIRECTV, the Root Sports channels of course are found on the DIRECTV channel lineup in the markets they serve. Here is a brief overview of each network.
Root Sports Pittsburgh can be found on DIRECTV channel 659 and is available in Western, Central, and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Other areas receiving the network include West Virginia, Eastern Ohio, and western Maryland. The main contracts currently include all Pittsburgh Pirates live games as well as Pittsburgh Penguins live broadcasts. College football and basketball games featuring the Pitt Panthers are also on the network as is The Mike Tomlin Show. Dish Network also carries Root Sports Pittsburgh on channel 428.
Root Sports Rocky Mountain is located on DIRECTV channel 683 and features live Colorado Rockies baseball throughout the summer. Coverage areas include all of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Southern Idaho and parts of Kansas and Nebraska. Root Sports Utah is available in limited areas with Utah Jazz games as well as soccer action featuring Real Salt Lake of the MLS. Additionally, college action covering several conferences including the WAC and Big 12 are found on Root Sports Rocky Mountain. Dish Network carries the standard definition and HD versions of the Root Sports on channel 414.
Root Sports Northwest is found on DIRECTV channel 687 and has a coverage area spanning Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Seattle Mariner baseball calls the network home, as do two MLS franchises – the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders FC. Colleges covered by the network include Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon. Root Sports Northwest can be found on Dish Network channel 426.
Now if you aren’t sure which Root Sports channel you will get with your DIRECTV subscription, the best place to check is the regional sports network lookup tool, where you can enter your home zip code. Programming is delivered to you based on your location, so this will determine what regional sports network you will get with your DIRECTV package. One option is the DIRECTV Sports Pack, which gives you all regional networks across the country for $12.99 a month. The downside of this package is that live professional games are not delivered to those living outside of the home market.