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Report: Fox Goes Live on Hulu Without Affiliates

Network still at odds with stations over OTT carriage 6/13/2017 1:08 PM Eastern
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Taking ongoing discord about streaming rights up a notch, Fox has rolled out a 24-hour live feed on Hulu in more than 70 markets where affiliates are not onboard, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Fox is airing content from the network’s cable channels in place of locally produced and syndicated programming, the report said. Hulu is partially owned by Fox.

Stations in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are among those affected, the Journal reported, and include Sinclair and Raycom-owned outlets.

Jeff Rosser, Raycom’s vice president of television and former chairman of the Fox affiliates board, said Fox’s Hulu feed is no surprise, as the network has been vocal in its intent to launch on the range of streaming platforms whether or not affiliates join.

Fox and its affiliates have not yet struck a deal laying out the terms of OTT carriage the way the other Big Three network and their affiliates boards have over the last year or so, Rosser said.

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“Fox has not chosen to sit down with the board and hammer out (an OTT carriage agreement), and that’s disappointing,” he said.

Read more at broadcastingcable.com.

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