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History[ edit ] The channel traces its history to Turner South , a cable and satellite television channel that was launched on October 1,  by the Turner Broadcasting System.
It was the first regional entertainment network developed especially for viewers in the southern U. The channel also carried coverage of professional sports events from the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball , the National Basketball Association 's Atlanta Hawks , and the National Hockey League 's Atlanta Thrashers , all of which were owned by Turner at the network's launch and the former two of which also aired in the Atlanta market and nationwide on Turner-owned TBS.
After the deal was completed, FSN sought a new name for the channel, with network officials eventually chose to rebrand it as SportSouth, after coming up with about 60 different suggestions. Under Turner ownership, the original SportSouth carried Braves and Hawks games, as well as NBA games from the Charlotte Hornets the since-relocated original franchise now known as the New Orleans Pelicans , World Championship Wrestling events, college sports and some syndicated programs.
Turner South officially relaunched as SportSouth on October 13, , becoming the 15th regional sports network owned as part of Fox Sports Net; the rebrand took place with its first official event broadcast: an NHL game between the Atlanta Thrashers and the Carolina Hurricanes.
The relaunched channel dropped all non-sports entertainment programming, replacing it with other regionally produced programs and national sports news, documentary and magazine programming sourced by FSN.
However, FSN South and SportSouth gradually began sharing rights to sports events from other teams during the late s.
This ensures that both those teams and the Predators have the maximum number of games able to be televised. Final logo as SportSouth, used from to In August , News Corporation lifted SportSouth's regional blackout restrictions, allowing the channel to be carried nationwide by DirecTV on its "Sports Pack"; however, some professional sporting events are still subject to blackout restrictions imposed by the major sports leagues for national telecasts.
The Atlanta Braves' relationship with SportSouth and independent station WPCH-TV channel 17 — which until October , served as the former local broadcast version of TBS — intersected in , when sister network Fox Sports South began producing an annual package of Braves games for the station that were not broadcast by the two networks.
On March 1, , Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced that they would acquire the rights to the 45 games, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV beginning with the season , marking the first season in 40 years that the team's game telecasts did not air in the Atlanta market on broadcast television.
The name change took effect six weeks later on its target date of October 5. Fox Sports Southeast mainly airs programs of regional interest. Both Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast balance their own respective schedules of game telecasts from the latter two collegiate conferences, which are selected based on regional versus national interests.