Fox News to launch Fox Nation streaming service later this year

Posted February 20, 2018

Conservative cable network Fox News is launching a paid streaming service it's billing as "an exclusive Over-the-Top (OTT) opinion platform" called Fox Nation, the outlet announced Tuesday.

A mainstay of the new service will be subscribers' ability to interact with FNC's opinion hosts and personalities, the network said.

According to the New York Times, the service is slated to launch at the end of the year and will be on brand with Fox News commentary which, as many people know, leans right.

Access to the streaming service will not require a cable television log-in, and the content will not overlap with the network's linear programming.

Senior Vice President of Development and Production John Finley said that Fox Nation is created to appeal to the "Fox News superfan", which he described as viewers who "represent the most loyal audience in cable, if not all of television".

"This initiative will capitalize on providing that viewer, who is among the most affluent and well educated in cable, with a highly specialized content experience on a platform they can watch anytime, anywhere", Finley said.

The maneuver also shows Fox News executives looking to expand their product offerings as their business unit becomes even more important to the fortunes of its parent company.

The cost of the subscription service has not yet been determined, but a cable package will not be required to view the web-only programming.

Hiring for the New York-based service will begin in April, the network says, but at least one employee may have already been hired.