Fox has become the first broadcast network to offer all of its paying subscribers in the United States the option to live stream primetime programming every night of the week, and will also include late-night programming on Saturdays, the network announced.
Subscribers will have the option to either use Fox's main website as a portal for streaming, or they can use a variety of mobile devices, dongles and set-top boxes including iPads, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Kindle Fire. As of right now, subscribers will only have the opportunity to live stream summer programming, including Fox's lineup of reality shows, Wayward Pines and special events like the Teen Choice Awards. As the 2016-2017 season kicks off this fall, however, subscribers will be able to live stream all of the returning and new shows headed to the network.
Fox also confirmed that live sports programming would be made available to livestream, making it one of the biggest broadcast networks to offer livestreaming of NFL and MLB games. ESPN also offers livestreaming options for its subscribers and is working toward a deal with Hulu to bring livestreaming of different leagues to a new audience. Leagues also have their own livestreaming options, offering subscribers the chance to subscribe to a league pass or their specific team in order to catch all of the games.
The new livestreaming service from Fox is still in its beta mode, but the network is hoping to have a full, updated version soon.