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.”

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.

Fox Weather AVOD Streaming Service Launching Oct. 25

Fox Weather, an ad-supported streaming weather service, will launch Oct. 25. The new platform also hired veteran WABC-TV meteorologist Amy Freeze as an anchor.

Fox Weather will be available at foxweather.com and through the Fox Weather app for iOS and Android. It will also be available on Internet-connected TVs via Fox Now, the Fox News app, and Tubi.

Amy Freeze

“We have been working toward this moment for the last nine months and are thrilled to debut Fox Weather with our talented and innovative team, including Amy Freeze, whose versatility and decades of experience are a great addition,” Fox Weather president Sharri Berg said in a statement.

Utilizing the linear channel’s expansive news gathering units, along with Fox Television Stations’ team of 120 meteorologists, Fox Weather will offer users a comprehensive suite of weather products featuring local, regional, and national reporting, in addition to live programming and forecasting — the latter using multiple radar systems, including 3D.

A five-time Emmy award-winning meteorologist and television host, Freeze joins from the ABC owned and operated station WABC-TV in New York. Since 2011, she has been part of the station’s “Eyewitness News” weather team, where she also hosted Saturday and Sunday morning shows.

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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.