Fox Nation SVOD to Stream U.S. Senate Debate Series

In an era of extreme partisan divide across the country, Fox Nation, the conservative-themed subscription streaming video platform, announced it would host “The Senate Project,” a series of Oxford-style debates between leading U.S. senators.

The first debate is slated for noon EDT June 13, with outspoken Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) engaging in a one-hour policy debate. The specific topic(s) will be announced one week prior.

The goal of the debate series is to reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground and consensus that has been the essence of the U.S. Senate since it was conceived in 1789.

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The goal is for the public to hear senators from competing ends of the political spectrum engage in extended, thoughtful, wide-ranging debate, while exploring areas of constructive disagreement and searching for the bipartisan compromise that has been a hallmark of the Senate for more than two centuries.

The June 13 event will be moderated by Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and held in the Kennedy Institute’s full-size replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber. The second debate, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, will be held in July at George Washington University, carried live and on demand across C-SPAN platforms, including streamed on C-SPAN Now. A third debate will be held by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation in Utah this fall.

“Our hope is to show that bipartisanship and vigorous debate can coexist — and that civility is still possible, even in today’s hyperpolarized world,” Matt Sandgren, executive director of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, said in a statement.

Fox Nation to Stream New American History Series Hosted by Kelsey Grammer

Fox Nation April 6 announced it will debut a new series hosted by actor Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) titled, “Kelsey Grammer’s Historic Battles for America,” launching May 1. Grammer will take viewers on an inside look at eight key battles that left an indelible mark on the United States, spanning the American Revolution, the Texas Revolution, the Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

“Kelsey is a legend in the entertainment industry, and we are proud to bring his talents to our platform,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement. “His affinity for our nation’s history and charismatic delivery will provide [our] subscribers with an entertaining, yet educational viewing experience they can’t get anywhere else.”

The chronological eight-part series will begin with three episodes on battles during the American Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Brooklyn, and the Battle of Yorktown. After the focus on the American Revolution, the show will bring viewers inside the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution followed by three episodes on the American Civil War, highlighting the First Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam and the Siege of Vicksburg.

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Grammer will conclude the series with a spotlight on the American Indian Wars’ Battle of the Little Bighorn.

With an illustrious career spanning three decades, Grammer’s work includes critically acclaimed stints on Broadway, roles on several hit series and parts in award-winning movies. His role as Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers” and “Frasier” remains one of the most beloved characters in television history. The Juilliard-trained actor has won one Tony, six Emmys, three Golden Globes and a SAG Award. Additionally, Grammer has received 18 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, 16 SAG nominations and two Tony nominations.

DirecTV Adds Fox Nation, Fox Weather Streaming Services

AT&T-owned DirecTV March 21 announced it has added Fox News Media’s subscription streaming video service, Fox Nation, across the satellite TV distributor’s platforms.

Conservative-leaning Fox Nation will now be available on DirecTV as a premium add-on, which began yesterday with plans to expand availability to DirecTV Stream this summer. Additionally, Fox Weather, the free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather service, is scheduled to debut on DirecTV Stream beginning March 29.

“We want to empower our customers with more capabilities in how they choose to watch the content they care about most,” Rob Thun, chief content Officer at DirecTV, said in a statement.

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The move comes after DirecTV dropped One America News Network (OANN), which critics contend has streamed conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election.

DirecTV subscribers can add Fox Nation for $5.99 per month, which includes a 60-day free trial. Featuring nearly 5,000 hours of original content, Fox Nation’s range of programming includes original series (“Tucker Carlson Today,” “Tucker Carlson Originals,” “COPS,” “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” and “What Made America Great with Brian Kilmeade”) and curated programming featuring original and acquired content (the upcoming “Yellowstone One-Fifty” hosted by Kevin Costner, “Grateful Nation,” “Keep the Faith,” “Clint Eastwood: American Outlaw,” “Fox Justice,” “All American Christmas”). Additionally, subscribers will have access to Fox News Channel’s primetime shows on demand the next day with “Fox News Primetime All the Time,” as well as signature opinion programming such as “The Dan Bongino Show.”

Additionally, DirecTV Stream, plans to add Fox Weather beginning March 29 before Fox Nation joins its lineup in the coming months. Fox Weather launched in October 2021 with a team of more than 120 meteorologists. The service features a comprehensive suite of weather products with local, regional, and national reporting, in addition to live programming.

Utilizing multiple radar systems, including an immersive mobile 3D radar, Fox Weather offers viewers an innovative approach to forecasting, including coverage surrounding all weather patterns, from immediate to long-term.

Fox Nation Streaming Service Inks Deal With Kevin Costner for Yellowstone National Park Series

Subscription streaming video service Fox Nation on March 1 said it has signed a deal with Academy-Award winning actor, filmmaker and “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner for a four-part series commemorating the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park — the nation’s oldest national park.

Titled “Yellowstone: One-Fifty,” the new series will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022 and consist of four one-hour episodes focused on the history and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Developed by Costner’s Territory Films along with Warm Springs Productions, the series will be narrated and hosted by Costner, with episodes to be released consecutively on the platform throughout its debut week.

“‘Yellowstone: One-Fifty’ exemplifies the superior creative content that we strive to deliver exclusively to our subscribers,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

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Costner has starred in several critically acclaimed films, including Dances With Wolves, Field of Dreams, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Silverado, Open Range, Wyatt Earp and Tin Cup, plus the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

His work in Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” marks his first regular television role and the program was recently nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Drama Series Ensemble. Costner has also won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Fox Nation SVOD Service Title Sponsor for Daytona 500 Race Car Driver

Fox Corp. is going all in for NASCAR’s Feb. 20 season opener Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Subscription streaming platform Fox Nation is partnering with Spire Motorsports to serve as the primary sponsor of the team’s Number 77 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by NASCAR Cup Series racer Landon Cassill.

Launched in 2018, politically themed Fox Nation will not live stream the race as Fox is handling the TV broadcast of the 40th running of the 500-mile event. Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch will be the official race starter.

Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Charles Woodson will be the Grand Marshall for “The Great American Race.”

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Fox Nation is streaming four NASCAR-themed episodes around the Daytona 500, and its joint marketing efforts with car owner Spire Motorsports.

Episode 1: “Spire Motorsports”
With the prestigious Daytona 500 on the horizon, the men and women of Spire Motorsports discuss their strategy going into the gargantuan race as one of the smallest teams in the league.

Episode 2: “Testing the Track”
Having prepped everything they could, the Spire Motorsports team puts rubber to the road for the first time of the season on the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

Episode 3: “The Clash” (streaming Feb. 19)
The Spire Motorsports team steps onto the track in the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, for what will be the first race ever held by NASCAR at the tradition-rich stadium.

Episode 4: “The 500” (streaming Feb. 25)
This one’s for all the marbles as Spire Motorsports, one of NASCAR’s smallest teams, attempts to win NASCAR’s biggest race.

On the Fox News Channel, morning show “Fox & Friends Weekend,” with hosts Will Cain, Pete Hegseth and Rachel Campos-Duffy, will be on the ground all weekend at the NASCAR season opener for a special edition of the show.

Fox Corp. Ups Q2 AVOD, SVOD Revenue, Costs

Fox Corp. on Feb. 9 reported a second quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2021) loss of $85 million on revenue of $4.44 billion. That compares with net income of $224 million on revenue of $4.09 billion in the previous-year period.

While some of the revenue gain was attributable to increased Fox Nation subscriptions and Tubi advertising revenue, the platforms also generated higher operating expenses.

The media giant has staked much of its future on digital distribution, including both subscription and ad-supported streaming video properties Fox Nation and Tubi, respectively.

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Fox Nation helped increase “other” segment revenue nearly 22% to $145 million from $119 million in the prior-year period. But operating expenses in the “cable network programming” unit, which includes the SVOD service and higher programming rights amortization at the national sports networks, increased almost 6.5% to $837 million, compared with $786 million in expenses a year ago.

In the television business segment, which includes Tubi, as well as the acquisitions of MarVista Entertainment and TMZ, the properties helped increase “other” revenue almost 25% to $156 million, from revenue of $125 million a year earlier. Total TV unit revenue increased almost 8% to $2.7 billion, from $2.5 billion a year ago.

At the same time, Fox’s decision to focus its over-the-top video goals around AVOD and free ad-supported streaming television, instead of SVOD, upped the segment’s operating expenses more than 10% to $2.8 billion, compared with operating expenses of $2.5 billion a year earlier. Tubi was prominently featured across Fox NFL broadcasts throughout the quarter.

The segment reported a pretax loss of $273 million, as compared to a loss of $185 million reported in the prior year quarter, as the revenue increases were more than offset by higher expenses, including increased digital investment at Tubi.

Tubi, like most streaming properties, has begun to invest in original programming rather than recycle catalog content. The platform is set to bow original Valentine’s Day themed movie 10 Truths About Love on Feb. 11, starring Camilla Belle. Last December, Tubi announced a film distribution deal with the Village Roadshow Entertainment Group to produce multiple films from the latter’s newly announced “Black Noir Cinema” initiative.

Tubi said it streamed 3.6 billion hours in 2021, a 40% year-over-year increase in total viewing time across its library of more than 40,000 titles.

Regardless, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said the quarterly results faced tough comparisons from 2021 when many of the company’s platforms benefited from national election spending.

“Against the high bar we set in our fiscal second quarter last year, we have once again delivered revenue and [pretax] growth, while continuing to invest in our digital growth initiatives,” Murdoch said in a statement. “This focused portfolio is delivering consistent growth for our shareholders in a thoughtful and disciplined manner.”

Fox News International Streaming Service Expanding Globally via Roku

Fox News International, Fox’s international subscription streaming service, is expanding distribution worldwide on Roku beginning Jan. 31. The direct-to-consumer platform will see increased reach across ChileCosta RicaGermanyIrelandMexicoPanama and the United Kingdom.

Featuring live streams of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, along with a catalog of 20 on-demand programs. The SVOD is available in 37 countries worldwide. Following its August 2019 launch in Mexico, the platform now delivers thousands of hours of Fox News Media content to countries throughout EuropeSouth America and Asia.

Notably, the fourth quarter of 2021 was the highest-performing quarter in the history of the platform’s live stream, seeing double-digit growth across all engagement metrics compared to the prior quarter.

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Priced at $6.99 per month, Fox News International is currently available through mobile devices, including iPhone, Android, Apple TV and Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, in addition to Roku.

Fox News Media also operates Fox News Digital, Fox News Audio, Fox News Books, the direct-to-consumer digital streaming services Fox Nation and the AVOD platform Fox Weather. Owned by Fox Corporation, Fox News Media claims to reach 200 million people each month.

Fox Nation Streaming Salutes American Patriots

Fox Nation, the lifestyle and entertainment subscription streaming video arm of Fox News, hosted the platform’s third annual Patriot Awards honoring select military veterans, first responders and other everyday heroes.

Held Nov. 17 in Hollywood, Fla., the event presented the “Most Valuable Patriot” award to the first Black female Olympic gold medalist for wrestling, Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who was born in Ghana.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro presented the Courage Award to Todd Beamer, who sacrificed his life to save those on the ground when United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked al-Qaeda terrorists and crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. His parents David and Peggy accepted the award on his behalf.

The event also gave tribute to the 13 Gold Star Families who lost someone in the Aug. 26 deadly suicide bombing outside the Kabul Airport as the U.S. military was attempting to exit Afghanistan.

The Patriot Awards were hosted by Fox News opinion stars (and Fox Nation regulars) Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, all three co-hosts of “Fox & Friends,” Nancy Grace, Geraldo Rivera and country music stars John Rich, Heath Sanders and Tyler Farr.

Fox Nation SVOD service launched in 2018, priced at $5.99 monthly, $64.99 for one year, and $99 for two years.

Fox Nation SVOD Joining YouTube TV as Add-On Service

Fox News Media Oct. 26 announced that the subscription streaming service Fox Nation is launching on YouTube TV as an optional $5.99 monthly add-on starting today.

Launched in 2018, the platform includes original series (“Tucker Carlson Today,” “Tucker Carlson Originals,” “COPS,” “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” “Crime Stories With Nancy Grace” and “What Made America Great with Brian Kilmeade”), curated programming events featuring original and acquired content (“Grateful Nation,” “Keep The Faith,” “Clint Eastwood: American Outlaw,” “Fox Justice,” “All American Christmas”), and coverage of live events, such as the Conservative Political Action Committee conference.

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YouTube TV ended 2020 with a reported two million subscribers paying $64.99 monthly for the online TV platform.

Additionally, YouTube TV subs to Fox Nation will have access to the streamer’s signature opinion programming such as “The Dan Bongino Show,” as well as Fox News Channel’s primetime shows — on-demand the next day — with Fox News Primetime All the Time.

 “We’re thrilled to partner with YouTube TV to bring Fox Nation to their platform and provide our [subscribers] with more ways to [access] the original content,” Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, said in a statement.

Fox Nation is also available on Cox Contour, Comcast Xfinity and The Roku Channel, as well as FoxNation.com and the Fox Nation app for all major mobile and connected TV platforms.

Fox Weather AVOD Service Partners With Company Offering Live Meteorological Updates From Sports Stadiums

Fox Weather, the pending ad-supported weather streaming service launching Oct. 25, has signed a partnership with WeatherSTEM, a company offering weather data and high-resolution video from collegiate and professional sports stadiums.

Utilizing WeatherSTEM’s network of sensors, the Fox streaming platform will have the ability to access live information from a footprint of nearly 600 data points nationwide, including collegiate and NFL stadiums. Key stadium locations include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Heinz Field, the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium, Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, and Texas A&M’s Kyle Field, among others. Fox Television is major broadcaster of NFL football.

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The high-definition camera network will also enable instantaneous access to real-time weather conditions, spanning lightning, wind speed and temperature, for a hyper-local approach to weather coverage.

“In an effort to create the most robust network of cameras across the country, [we have] partnered with the WeatherSTEM to provide a live look into local weather conditions across the country, allowing access to real-time weather conditions and video,” Sharri Berg, president of Fox Weather, said in a statement.

Fox Weather marks Fox’s third standalone streaming platform following the 2018 debut of the Fox Nation subscription streaming video service, and the 2020 launch of Fox News International. Fox Corp. has become a big believer in AVOD and free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) following its 2019 acquisition of Tubi.

Indeed, Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch has told investors he believes Tubi can generate $1 billion in ad-revenue in the next few years.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of total view time as the critical metric for ad supported streaming,” Murdoch said on a recent fiscal call. “It is the best measure of burgeoning engagement on Tubi and correlates directly to the monetization of the platform.”

In September, Tubi and Fox Sports announced the launch of “Sports on Tubi” in the United States, affording viewers access to 10 live-streaming channels for different sports, including professional football, baseball, soccer, collegiate sports from the ACC and Pac-12 Conferences, as well as nearly 700 hours of VOD content.