Osarius Sports Network
|Type||Television network and online|
Osarius Sports Network is a dedicated sports broadcaster in Osarius, owned by Astrarius. It is best known for its coverage of the King's League, as well as the biggest matches in the Emperor's League of nearby Kryosis. OSN – as it is colloquially known – also have an exclusive deal with the Osarian National Athletic Commission, which allows them to show various sporting events with zero competition.
OSN is available as a premium package with most television providers in Osarius. The deal will usually involve the four flagship channels, and possibly one or two of the other channels. More often than not, the remaining channels can be added for a small additional price. The non-premium shows are available to any television set owner, provided they can receive the signal.
Originally, OSN was known as "The AirBall Channel", and was considered a niche station for fans of the sport. It was owned by the governing body of the sport and maintained by them, through Osarilux Media. As the sport gained popularity, Osarliux attempted to buy it outright. The ownership resisted, and so the broadcasting encountered problems.
A new deal would be struck up with rival media company Astrarius. In 2160, the broadcastin company bought a large stake in the company, which saw the channel - now a multi-sport network of three channels, following the rise of GraviBall - change its name to "Astra Sports Network". A further re-branding took place seven years later, when Astrarius' shares were reduced back to just 35%, and the network became known as Osarius Sports Network.
In 2170, OSN were outbid for GraviBall rights by Osarilux Media, who set up the channel G24, a dedicated GraviBall channel, whcih airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the latest news and highlights from the Osarius National GraviBall Championship. The board have since decided to settle for highlights only, after realising that outbidding such a channel will be "too costly to continue to provide value sports coverage for subscribers".
In 2172, the state set up KLTV to do the same for King's League football. However, OSN hold the rights to all other football competitions in the nation as well as extensive rights to the Kryosi Emperor's Championship.
This shift away from domestic football and GraviBall on OSN saw them slowly begin to incorporate more Gridiron events, as well as overseas sporting coverage. As a result, the network developed a more global profile.
The Oracle team was originally established as a team of statisticians who would provide insight into various trends in GraviBall for a short, weekly feature on OSN News. This would later expand into a column on OSN.net, and eventually began to encompass other sports.
As time went by, the column and show grew in popularity to the point that the feature was moved to a dedicated slot on OSN 1, and "Oracle" began to establish itself as a brand in its own right. The column began to answer questions from readers, the show addressed statistical enquiries from viewers – sometimes professional players and coaches would send video requests – and OSN began producing an Oracle annual, chronicling milestone statistics and interesting sports trivia from the year.
The Oracle team came to prominence outside Osarius when they began compiling tables and providing statistical analysis of NSCF competition for OSN. This would eventually lead to the development of the Oracle Sporting Performance Index – or OSPI – method of ranking teams.
List of channels
OSN provide a variety of channels, three of them being premium multi-sport channels, one news channel, and a multitude of others which are sport specific.
The OSN seperates its channels like so
|OSN 1||Flagship/Premium||Football, All Other Sports|
|OSN 1 HD||Premium|| High Definition.|
Football, All Other Sports
|OSN 2 HD|
|OSN 3 HD|
|OSN News||Non-Premium||News Channel|
|OSN-Xtra||Non-Premium||Promos and Features Only|
|OSN 8||Premium||Obscure Sports|
|OSN Global||Premium||International Sports Coverage|
|OSN Classic||Premium||Classic Replays Only|
|OSN Rewind||Flagship/Premium||Allows replays of content aired on OSN 1-3 that week.|
|OSN Legends||Premium||Legend Tournaments Only|
|OSN College||Premium||Collegiate Sports Only|
|OSN Youth||Premium||Youth Sports Only|
OSN 1, 2 & 3
OSN 1 is the first channel, and the original frequency on which "The AirBall Channel" aired. These three channels are used for everything that doesn't fit into a specialist channel, and highlights from those also. Most of the coverage on these three channels is dominated by football, as there are no specialist channels for the sport - besides KLTV. OSN 1 is home to the interactive show Football Fever, which airs extended highlights of every King's League match from that weekend, as well as the highly popular talk show-esque On The Ball. Live Royal League matches are usually aired on OSN 2, with Phoenix League matches on OSN 3.
These channels all have a High Definition counterpart, which shows the same content, but in high definition, at the same time. They all require a seperate subscription.
OSN-X is the combat-heavy channel in the OSN network. It shows all OCF events excluding pay-per-views. More recently, the channel has picked up events and features from other combat organisations, including some overseas networks, and less popular events. Olympic combat events are typically shown on OSN-X.
Predominantly, OSN-Xtra will air interviews and promotional slots from OCF fighters and other athletes. In addition to this, it airs analysis features and other statistic-based shows. this is not a paid channel, though, so it rarely ever airs exclusive content.