Fox News Channel said it would make its lineup of primetime opinion programs available on its Fox Nation streaming-video service just one day after they air on cable, a significant distribution element that underscores the allure of streaming for the entire media sector.
Starting Wednesday, June 2, episodes of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” “Hannity” and “The Ingraham Angle” will all be made available the day after they air for on-demand viewing in an effort the company is calling “Fox News Primetime All The Time.” In the past, cable-news networks have been careful about making their content available via alternate means of distribution, for fear of roiling agreements struck with cable and satellite companies. In recent months, however, more of the networks have live-streamed coverage of events of national import and even made such viewing free for people who do not subscribe via traditional distribution.
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“Making television’s most highly rated shows with the most passionate audiences available on Fox Nation will add incredible value for subscribers, who now can watch them anywhere and anytime they want,” said Jason Klarman, president of Fox Nation, in a prepared statement.
Fox News’ primetime trio have had a presence on Fox Nation since its launch in November of 2018. But that was largely through audio versions of their shows, not the video counterparts that most of Fox News’ audience watches. All three have also contributed other content to the service, such as a video stream of the opening monologue of Hannity’s daily radio program. More recently, Carlson has launched a series of “video podcasts” and other bespoke Fox Nation efforts.
Under Klarman, Fox Nation has worked to expand beyond opinion and news programming, enlisting hosts like Nancy Grace and broadening options related to true crime and real estate. At the same time, the streaming outlet is also delivering content primed to engage the network’s conservative-leaning audience, which makes the company’s primetime programs some of the most-watched programming on cable.
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