Ad-Supported Streamer Fox Weather Offering Marathon Solar Eclipse Coverage April 8

Fox Weather, the ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather service, is presenting special marathon coverage leading up to and throughout the solar eclipse on April 8, the first the country has seen in totality since August 2017.

For the special titled “America’s Total Eclipse,” Fox Weather will dispatch correspondents and meteorologists across the country to report from the cities across the country that will see the eclipse.

Spanning nearly 10 different cities, the streamer’s meteorologists and correspondents along with Fox News correspondents and multimedia reporters will report live across the arc of the eclipse, from Texas to Vermont.

Meteorologists Stephen Morgan and Kendall Smith will anchor coverage live from Dallas and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, respectively, when the eclipse occurs from noon to 4 p.m. (ET).

Additionally, Fox News correspondent Casey Stegall will be in Dallas, senior meteorologist Janice Dean will be based in Little Rock, Ark., Fox News correspondents Robert Ray and Jonathan Hunt will report from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Fox Weather correspondent Brandy Campbell will be in Rochester, N.Y., and Fox Business correspondent Kelly Saberi will be in Bloomington, Ind.

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Multimedia reporters Joy Addison, Olivianna Calmes and Kailey Schuyler will report from Waco, Texas; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Burlington, Vt., respectively.

Additionally, meteorologist Nick Kosir will host a viewing party of the total solar eclipse from Fox Square, outside the network’s New York City headquarters. Beginning at noon (ET), a multiscreen viewing experience will be set up on Sixth Avenue to showcase the live coverage.

The platform will also provide extended segments with correspondents in the days leading up to the eclipse. Correspondent Max Gorden will visit the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles to speak with Dr. E.C. Kupp and Campbell will interview NASA scientists about the phenomenon leading up to April 8.

FoxWeather.com will feature forecasts and popular events coinciding with the eclipse and other special content explaining the eclipse.

Fox Weather FAST Service Expands Distribution on Samsung TV Plus, Cox Platforms

Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s free, ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather service, has further expanded its distribution to reach Samsung TV Plus users and Cox subscribers.

Starting Aug. 23, Fox Weather will be available on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s free ad-supported TV (FAST) and video-on-demand (AVOD) service. Viewers with a 2016 or later Samsung Smart TV will be able to access the streaming weather service on channel 1010. It will also be made available on Samsung Galaxy devices, Samsung Smart Monitors, Samsung Family Hub and the web.

Additionally, Cox Contour TV customers now have access to Fox Weather through Cox’s Expanded Basic package in several markets, including Las Vegas, Cleveland and Phoenix among others. Notably, the deal will add 1.7 million subscribers to Fox Weather’s distribution base.

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Since launching in October 2021, Fox Weather has added a number of streaming distribution partners, including Verizon Fios, The Roku Channel, fubo, YouTube TV, Fire TV Channels, Optimum, Spectrum, LG Channels, DirecTV Stream, Xumo Play, WOW!, Vidgo, TuneIn, Plex and Astound Broadband. The service continues to be available through Fox Television Station digitla networks in top markets, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others.

Fox Names David Espinosa Distribution President of All Brands, Including Tubi, Fox Nation, Fox Weather Streaming

Fox Corp. has named David Espinosa president of distribution, succeeding Mike Biard, who is leaving the company after more than 20 years to become COO of Nextstar. Espinosa, who most recently served as EVP of distribution strategy and business affairs, will now report to company COO John Nallen.

David Espinosa

Espinosa now oversees the company’s multi-platform content distribution for all its brands, including Fox Entertainment, Fox News, Fox Sports and Tubi, and manages all aspects of distribution with the Fox-affiliated television stations in more than 200 markets across the United States.

“We want to thank Mike for his meaningful contributions to Fox throughout his time with us and wish him continued success in his next chapter,” Nallen said in a statement. “David has been a valued member of the Fox team for 17 years, and we are confident that his leadership and strategic insight will provide a seamless transition for the distribution team and our partners.”

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Espinosa has served in increasingly senior roles since joining Fox in 2006, and was named EVP of distribution in 2018. In that role, he had oversight of the strategy of distribution agreements across cable, satellite and streaming, as well as Fox-affiliated television stations.

Prior to joining Fox, Espinosa spent 10 years in banking, first at Banco Nacional de Mexico (Banamex) and later at Banamex USA.

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 FAST Service Expands Operations

Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) weather service, has expanded its distribution to include Optimum, Spectrum and LG Channels.

Since launching in October 2021, Fox Weather has added a number of distribution partners, including Verizon Fios, The Roku Channel, fuboTV, YouTube TV, Amazon News, DirecTV Stream, Xumo Play, WOW!, Vidgo, TuneIn and Plex. The service continues to be available via simulcast on Fox Business Network on weekend mornings, as well as through Fox Television Station Digital Networks in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, among others.

“Fox Weather has now become a destination for viewers across many major providers with this expanded distribution,” Sharri Berg, president of Fox Weather, said in a statement.

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Fox Corp., Vizio Expand Streaming Content Distribution Partnership

Fox Corporation and Vizio Nov. 3 announced a multiyear expansion of their distribution partnership that includes access to the Fox Sports app on Vizio smart-TVs, and the Fox Weather channel added to the consumer electronics manufacturer’s ad supported WatchFree+ streaming platform.

Vizio’s home screen Nov. 12-13 will feature a “sports blitz” section highlighting live college football and NFL games via Fox Sports. The app is the home for streaming live and on-demand sports from Fox, FS1, FS2, and Fox Deportes. Every Live Fox Sports game and studio show is available to TV subscribers, making NFL, MLB, NASCAR, college football, college basketball, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, CONCACAF Soccer, MLS, WWE, USFL, and Liga MX, as well as on-demand highlights of top moments from TV shows and sports leagues.

Additionally, viewers now have access to even more FIFA World Cup content, with the launch of Tubi’s exclusive FIFA World Cup Linear FAST channel.

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The Fox Weather streaming platform’s access on WatchFree+ joins LiveNow from Fox and Fox Soul. Operated by Fox News Media, Fox Weather is a 24/7 free ad-supported television service (FAST) that builds upon Fox News Channel’s expansive news gathering units and Fox Television Stations’ resources. The channel offers users an innovative approach to weather forecasting with a combined 120 meteorologists and a comprehensive suite of weather products in addition to live programming.

“Fox and Vizio have been working together for several years to bring audiences the best in entertainment. Our expanded agreement means Vizio users can enjoy a wide range of sports, live events, news and lifestyle programming for years to come,” Katherine Pond, Group VP of Platform Content & Partnerships at Vizio, said in a statement.

Additionally, the Tubi app available on SmartCast now features more than 48,000 movies and TV shows, including a growing library of Tubi originals.

Vizio Smart TVs also include support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, allowing viewers to stream, control, and share content from their phone, tablet, or laptop directly onto the big screen.

Fox, Verizon Ink Multiyear Distribution Renewal, Add Tubi, Fox Weather AVOD Services

Fox Corporation Aug. 3 announced the completion of a multi-year renewal of its distribution agreement with Verizon for the latter’s Fios TV platform.

The agreement includes the continued distribution of the full portfolio of Fox brands, including Fox News Media, Fox Sports, Fox Network and local Fox TV stations in markets such as New York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

The renewal for the first time includes the ad-supported Fox Weather streaming service, while the Tubi AVOD platform will be included in both Fios TV set-top boxes, as well as on many other platforms.

“Fox is pleased to extend and expand our long-standing relationship with Verizon as we add Fox Weather and Tubi to our industry-leading portfolio of news, sports and entertainment available to Verizon’s subscribers,” Michael Biard, president of operations and distribution at Fox Corporation, said in a statement.

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Fox Weather Streaming Service Adds Roku, Xumo, FuboTV, Amazon, YouTube Distribution

Fox Weather, the ad-supported streaming television (FAST) service launched last October, will now be available on YouTube TV, Amazon News, The Roku Channel, FuboTV and Comcast-owned Xumo.

Additionally, the full linear service will be accessible on Fox Television Stations’ Diginet channels in 17 markets and select simulcast hours on FTS duopoly stations across the country.

“We are excited to significantly expand our distribution footprint and deliver Fox Weather’s coverage to millions of viewers on many of television’s most popular streaming services and devices,” Sharri Berg, president of the platform, said in a statement.

Fox Weather made its debut on Amazon News on Fire TV and Fire Tablet yesterday and was added to the channel lineup of YouTube TV last week. The service is also now available on The Roku Channel and will launch later this month on Xumo and FuboTV.

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Additionally, the platform will now be accessible across FTS’s Diginet footprint in New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, with plans to expand to the station group’s remaining 14 markets. The streaming service will also simulcast one hour per weekday and two hours on weekends on FTS’s 11 duopoly stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Orlando. Fox Television Stations owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas, or DMAs, as well as the duopolies in 11 DMAs. Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network.

After launching, Fox Weather claimed to become the most-downloaded free app on Google Play and the Apple App Store, delivering more than 1 million downloads in its first week. The streaming service has rolled out expanded distribution over the past three months on Fox Business Network, as well as on Tubi and Fox Nation, the politically driven subscription streaming video service. The Fox Weather app is also available for iPad.

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 Weather AVOD Service Tops Apple App Store Chart Day After Launch

One day after its Oct. 25 launch, the free Fox Weather ad-supported streaming service is ranked No. 1 on the Apple App Store chart. The third Fox News-branded over-the-top video platform after Fox Nation SVOD and Fox Business International, Fox Weather features comprehensive forecasts, 3D radar, Fox Weather Wire and Fox FutureView, among other personalized user options.

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Amy Freeze

The streaming service hit the ground running as major weather conditions gripped parts of the country, including the Nor’easter and California’s first major winter storm, called the “bomb cyclone.”

Nick Kosir

Meteorologists Jason Frazer and Britta Merwin along with Stephen Morgan kicked off the live programming as co-anchors on “Fox Weather Sunrise.” Meteorologists Amy Freeze and Craig Herrera took over with live coverage of the developing weather systems as co-anchors of “America’s Weather Center.” Dancing meteorologist and social media star Nick Kosir helmed coverage later in the day on his show, “Fox Weather Wild.”

The Fox Weather team of meteorologists spent the past weeks rehearsing at its New York headquarters, home of the Fox News Channel, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

“Those are two of the main reasons why I decided to take this opportunity,” Freeze told Fox News Digital. “There is an appetite out there that the Fox platform is going to deliver to people, and that’s very exciting. To be a part of that from the beginning, what an opportunity.”