Fox News Channel is getting into the streaming business, with a planned subscription service called Fox Nation expected to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2018. Instead, Fox is planning for the subscription service to feature all-new programming hosted by a fresh roster of commentators and anchors.
The New York Times reported that the service will be available to U.S. viewers without a cable package and will focus on news commentary and original shows. Due to Fox New Channel's contractual agreements with cable operators, none of the network's 24-hour programming would appear on the service, not even reruns. "Fox Nation will also include access to exclusive events and 20 plus years of archival FNC programming not available anywhere else".
Fox Nation will be based at Fox News's headquarters in NY, according to the network.
The Fox Nation streaming service is "designed to appeal to the Fox superfan", says John Finley, who oversees the broadcaster's program development and production.
Fox News has been the most-watched cable news channel for 16 consecutive years and insiders consider Fox Nation another step toward digital supremacy.
The price for the service will be announced at a later date, according to the network.
One issue that may impact the news network's jump into over-the-top streaming is the age of its audience.
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.