SVOD Service Fox Nation Expands to Dish TV and Sling TV

Fox Nation, Fox News Media’s subscription-based streaming service, has expanded distribution to Dish TV and Sling TV.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Dish and Sling to make our on-demand content more readily available to viewers who crave Fox Nation,” Fox News Media president Lauren Petterson said in a statement.

Beginning in mid-March, Dish customers will be able to add Fox Nation for $5.99 per month. Customers can purchase Fox Nation through the MyDish app, online at mydish.com/foxnation or by calling 1-800-333-DISH (3474). Once subscribed, customers can access Fox Nation via channel 296 in the guide, the On Demand menu or the Dish Anywhere app.

Fox Nation will be available to stream on Sling for $5.99 per month to all of its users on Sling TV and on Sling Freestream, beginning in mid-March.

Featuring more than 10,000 hours of content, Fox Nation’s range of programming includes exclusive series such as “Yellowstone: One-Fifty” hosted by Kevin Costner, “The History of the World in Six Glasses” hosted by Dan Aykroyd alongside fellow “Saturday Night Live” alumni, “Liberty or Death: The Boston Tea Party” helmed by Rob Lowe, and “Top Combat Pilot” with Dennis Quaid, among others. Fox Nation is also the home of programs such as “COPS” and “Crime Cam 24/7” with Sticks Larkin, as well as a multitude of documentaries including The Fall of the House of Murdaugh, Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax and The Dahmer Family Tapes.

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Fox Nation is a direct-to-consumer on-demand streaming service designed to complement the Fox News Channel experience with a members-only destination. The subscription service includes lifestyle and entertainment content, as well as historical documentaries and investigative series from a multitude of Fox News personalities at a cost of $5.99 a month. Launched in 2018, Fox Nation is available at foxnation.com and via app for iOS devices, Android devices, Fire TV, Apple TV, Google TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Fubo, Vizio TVs, and Samsung TVs, as well as DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Contour and The Roku Channel.

Fox Offering Limited Time $19.99 Fox Nation SVOD Annual Service Plan

Fox News Media is offering eligible subscribers a year access to the Fox Nation subscription streaming VOD service for $19.99 — almost 70% off the $64.99 regular annual plan.

Fox marketed the special Christmas holiday limited offer during the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots NFL game Dec. 17 on Fox Sports. After 12 months, the special pricing reverts back to the standard $5.99 monthly option, or annual plan, unless canceled.

Launched in 2018, Fox Nation is Fox’s only SVOD offering, with the Fox Weather and Tubi platforms both ad-supported with free access.

The platform upped its profile in 2023 with original series, including “Yellowstone 150” with Kevin Costner, “Roseanne Barr: Cancel This!,” “Cops,” “Rob Schneider: Woke Up in America,” “Duck Family Treasure,” and “Top Combat Pilot” with Dennis Quaid, among other programs.

The platform also live-streamed two of the 2024 GOP Presidential Primary Debates.

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Former Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Launches SVOD Service

Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has launched a branded subscription streaming video service called the “Tucker Carlson Network” priced at $9 monthly or $72 annually.

The TCN platform pledges to offer streamers five original series, in addition to Carlson’s X (formerly Twitter) show (with 11 million followers) and access to the conservative political commentator’s so-called “personal inbox,” where viewers can ask questions.

TCN is 50% more expensive than the $5.99 ($59.99 annual) Fox Nation, the streaming service from Fox News Media that combines original programming with the network’s hosts.

Carlson in April was fired by Fox following the media company’s $787.5 million defamation settlement with Dominion Voting Systems, in which numerous Fox News opinion hosts alleged Dominion had rigged the 2020 Presidential Election in favor of Joe Biden.

Fox Touts Ad-Supported Streaming Platforms to Marketers

Fox News Media March 22 presented its upfront in New York to advertising, marketing executives and media buyers. Included in the presentation was Fox Weather, the company’s free ad-supported weather app launched on Oct. 25, 2021.

Fox Weather, like Fox Entertainment’s Tubi streaming service, underscores Fox Corp.’s attempt to largely focus its over-the-top video market strategy toward free advertising-based streaming platforms. The company’s lone subscription-based platform, Fox Nation, is marketed as an adjunct to Fox News and its media personalities, and also includes original programming such as Kevin Costner’s four-part docuseries “Yellowstone: One-Fifty.”

Magna Global reports that digital advertising revenue is projected to grow 8% this year to $557 billion, from $515.7 billion in 2022. Digital video will be the fastest-growing ad format (+11%), followed by search (+10%) and social media (+7%).

The advertising trends underscore Fox’s efforts to woo marketers to digital content distribution.

“Live news remains at our core, but over the last five years, we’ve invested heavily in our platforms and added an entire universe of content with seven brand extensions stemming from our Fox News Channel,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott told advertisers.

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Newly refreshed digital platforms include Fox News Digital, Fox News Audio, Fox News Books and Fox Business.

“We even have a direct-to-consumer streaming service Fox News International for expats who want their Fox News when they are overseas,” Scott said.

Fox Weather Streaming Service Names Correspondents

Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s pending ad-supported streaming weather service, Aug. 18 announced hiring three reporters and five multimedia journalists.

Sharri Berg, president of Fox Weather, said the correspondents include Nicole Valdes, Steve Bender and Max Gorden, who will provide live, breaking news coverage on developing weather events from around the country, alongside multimedia journalists Will Nunley, Robert Ray, Katie Byrne, Mitti Hicks and Hunter Davis.

“This group of first-rate journalists’ specialized skills in meteorology, in-depth reporting and storm chasing will be an important component of our coverage as we launch and grow the platform,” Berg said in a statement.

Based out of Nashville, Tenn., Nicole Valdes joins the platform after a stint as a reporter at KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, where she was nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy award for her investigative journalism. Prior to her time in Phoenix, Valdes covered hurricanes and other major weather events for CBS affiliate WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla. Notably, while there, she reported live from the scene during a 7,200-acre wildfire that engulfed Collier County in 2018, and covered Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Steve Bender joins Fox Weather as a Miami based reporter. Most recently, he served as the morning meteorologist at KRNV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada., where he covered major weather events since 2018, including the recent California wildfires. Previously, he anchored a morning news program in Shreveport, La., at NBC affiliate KTAL-TV and served as an evening meteorologist in Greenville, Miss., at the ABC/Fox affiliate WABG-TV. Throughout his career, he has covered a number of natural disasters, including Hurricanes Michael, Florence and Dorian.

Max Gorden will serve as a Los Angeles based field correspondent covering the West Coast. Previously, he served as a reporter and multimedia journalist at CBS affiliate KPHO-TV in Phoenix, where he worked for the past three years. Prior to that, Gorden was a multimedia journalist at WAOW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wis., before moving to Austin, Tex., as a reporter for Spectrum Cable News.

In addition, Berg named five multimedia journalists who will be reporting for the platform this fall. Nationally recognized storm chaser Will Nunley joins Fox Weather in this capacity based in Nashville, along with veteran reporter Robert Ray who is returning to Fox News Media as a multimedia journalist and storm specialist based out of Atlanta where he was a freelance reporter for The Weather Channel.

Katie Byrne joins the platform as a multimedia journalist based in Philadelphia, while Mitti Hicks joins in the same capacity based in New Orleans, and Hunter Davis will be stationed in Oklahoma City, Okla., in the same position. Byrne, Hicks and Davis were all part of FOX News Media’s Multimedia Reporter training program, which is run by Berg.