Fox Nation SVOD Service Available to Cox Contour Customers

Fox Nation, the on-demand, subscription streaming service complement to the Fox News Channel, is now available to Cox Contour TV customers and to Internet-only customers with the Contour Stream Player.

Cox customers will now have access to Fox Nation through Cox on Demand on Contour, and across devices via the Contour app and portal, as well as the Contour Stream Player, Cox’s service for Internet-only customers. Contour customers can add Fox Nation to their service for $5.99 per month. Additionally, Contour and Contour Stream Player customers with a voice remote can say “Fox Nation” directly into the remote to launch the service.

“Since first launching our platform in 2018, the demand for Fox Nation has only grown and we look forward to further expanding and introducing Cox’s customers to this service,” said John Finley, EVP of development for Fox Nation.

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Fox Nation’s content includes historical documentaries, long and short-form programming, extended versions of Fox News Channel’s most popular shows, investigative series from Fox News personalities and specials. Original programming includes series such as “PARK’D,” helmed by travel and lifestyle host Abby Hornacek, who takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the country’s landmarks; “The Pursuit!,” hosted by country music star John Rich featuring interviews with fellow musical guests; “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” hosted by the former “60 Minutes” anchor and war correspondent; and longtime legal analyst and former prosecutor Nancy Grace’s daily crime stories program.

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Fox Nation is available on iOS and Android devices as well as Apple TV, Web, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One and Comcast Xfinity platforms.

Pluto TV Inks Streaming Video Deal with Cox Contour

Viacom-owned Pluto TV June 4 announced a distribution deal on Cox Contour.

The Pluto TV app will soon be available to Contour and Contour Stream Player, enabling the Atlanta-based pay-TV operator’s subscribers access to more than 100 channels of on-demand ad-supported movies, television series, sports, news, general entertainment, lifestyle, comedy, cartoons and gaming.

With over 150 media partners, Pluto TV’s platform ferstures a curated lineup of premium programming, including an all-new slate of Viacom channels featuring TV shows from MTV Pluto TVParamount Movie ChannelComedy Central Pluto TVSpike Pluto TVBET Pluto TVNick Pluto TV and Nick Jr. Pluto TV.

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In addition to live TV, recorded content and on-demand titles, Contour subs can use the voice remote to pull from the vast library of TV shows, movies and more available on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube and now Pluto TV.

“The launch of Pluto TV on Contour will provide Cox customers with endless enjoyment of our curated, lean-back streaming offering,” Tom Ryan, CEO & co-founder of Pluto TV, said in a statement.

The partnership is an extension of Viacom’s long-standing relationship with Cox and complements the media company’s efforts to accelerate participation across next-generation platforms to expand its consumer reach and add value for its distribution partners.

The deal provides Cox subs with additional video-viewing options and engagement on a zero-incremental cost basis. For Pluto TV, Cox brings exposure to a new audience that can easily discover the best in ad-supported streaming in one unified entertainment destination with added features and ease of use.

Equipped with an online programming guide and channel surfing capabilities for a lean-back, TV-like experience, there is a whole new world of entertainment streaming on Pluto TV.

Cox Adds Amazon Prime Video Access to Contour

Cox Communications has added access to Amazon Prime Video for its Contour customers, according to a Cox press release.

By simply saying “Amazon Prime Video” or “Prime Video” into their Contour voice remote, customers can watch Amazon Originals such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Hanna,” ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Guava Island,” “Homecoming” and “The Man in the High Castle,” as well as other Amazon Prime content.

“When it’s time to enjoy your favorite streaming content, just say the word and we’ll serve it up on your screen. It has never been easier to find and enjoy favorite TV shows, movies and video clips all in one place,” said Kevin Hart, EVP and chief product and technology officer for Cox in a statement. “We’ve removed the complexity that comes with toggling, switching inputs or the necessity of watching on a smaller screen. Now all you have to do is say the name of your favorite Prime Video show or movie into your Contour remote and it will appear on your TV.”

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“Prime Video is committed to making our customers’ favorite shows, movies and live sports effortless to watch,” said Andrew Bennett, head of worldwide business development for Prime Video in a statement. “Bringing the Prime Video app to Contour gives our Prime members even more ways to stream Amazon Originals including the upcoming launches of Good Omens and Chasing Happiness, the Jonas Brothers’ documentary.”

The Contour voice remote also allows customers access to the series page by saying the name of the series.

In addition to Amazon Prime, Contour customers can use the voice remote to pull up live TV content, recorded DVR content, Netflix content and YouTube content.

Netflix Finally Available on Sky

Netflix, beginning Sept. 19, is now available as a direct link to U.K. pay-TV service Sky – about six months after first announcing a partnership with the high-profile satellite TV operator.

The SVOD behemoth is available to Sky’s most-expensive Q bundle for an extra £10 monthly as part of Sky’s “Ultimate On Demand” add-on feature. Existing Netflix subscribers can link their account to Sky Q or log onto the Netflix app separately.

But direct access, including Netflix original programing on display alongside traditional pay-TV selections is precisely why multichannel video program distributors such as Comcast, Virgin Media (since 2013), Altice USA, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Liberty Global and T-Mobile, among others, have embraced Netflix.

“We are partnering with a growing number of pay-TV providers across the world to the benefit of our mutual customers,” Netflix said in its Q4 shareholder letter. “These partnerships make it easier for consumers to sign up, enjoy, and pay for Netflix, while our service allows our partners to deepen their relationships with these subscribers.”

Amber Pine, commercial director at Sky, says the satellite TV operator with about 9 million U.K. subscribers has a lot of mutual customers.

“The depth of this integration provides them with a unique experience where they can have the best of both worlds,” Pine said in a statement.

Indeed, British regulator Ofcom recently reported that over-the-top video across the pond has now topped pay-TV in the number of subscribers: 15.4 million to 15.1 million.

“On a simplistic level, Sky and Netflix look like direct competitors,” Andrew McIntosh, the head of TV analysis at Enders Analysis, told Wired. “But they act on different levels, which Sky is well aware of. Sky doesn’t offer what Netflix offers. Now it is providing what it can’t offer, but still through the Sky package. And it makes Sky look good, because it is putting the customer first. It’s a very clever move.”

And interesting, considering both Comcast, Fox (and Disney) have competing acquisition bids on the table for Sky.