DirecTV and Fox Networks have agreed on an authentication deal that will give the satellite TV service provider’s 20 million customers access to programming from several Fox networks via the Web and mobile devices.
The deal allows DirecTV subscribers with an Internet connection to access the Fox, FoxNow and NatGeo apps. In addition, the national feeds of FX, FXX, sports channels FS1 and FS2, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Wild will be available for out of home streaming on the DirecTV Everywhere platform.
The pact expands Fox’s authenticated footprint to about 80% of pay TV homes in the country, closer to its predicted status of 97% authentication penetration by January.
Because the deal is a national one, it will not include in-market streaming of National Basketball Association games on Fox RSNs via DirecTV, according to a Fox Networks spokesman.
The launch also raises the number of out-of home live streaming channels on DirecTV Everywhere to 50. The platform currently offers on demand content from more than 60 networks and live linear streams of more than 100 networks. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, DirectTV will also launch VOD content from all Fox networks on DirecTV Everywhere.
“We’re pleased to provide additional value to DirecTV and its subscribers,” said Fox Networks president, distribution Michael Biard in a statement. “As more and more viewers seek to access our networks on an array of devices and platforms, it’s crucial we meet their expectations with innovative ways to engage with our programming where they want and when they want.”
"Adding Fox's national networks to our out-of-home streaming lineup gives our customers even more of their favorite programming in a seamless and consistent way, across as many platforms as possible," said Dan York, chief content officer, DirecTV. "Aligning with programming partners like Fox to continue delivering high-quality content in ways that fit our customers' lifestyles is what makes DirecTV's television viewing experience the best in the industry."
Fox Now was launched in 2012 and allows viewers to watch on demand full episodes of hit shows like Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Sleepy Hollow, MasterChef Junior and Bones, the next morning after they air. In addition, for the majority of Fox shows, FOX NOW offers the entire current season. To date, Fox Now has generated nearly 20 million downloads – up from five million a year ago – and is now accessible across hundreds of digital devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire, Windows 8.1 tablets and Windows Phones, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray Players.
FXNOW, which launched in 2013, provides on-demand access to full episodes and feature films from the deep catalog of FX Networks’ suite of channels – FX, FXX and FXM. Full episodes of current original series are available for Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story: Freak Show and The League. FXNOW is also the exclusive non-linear home for all 25 past seasons of The Simpsons - currently a stunning 561 episodes. FX Now is also accessible on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Xbox One, Xbox 360, AppleTV, Samsung Smart TVs, and starting this month Roku. The FX Now App is available to download for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. FX Now is also available on the Internet via FXNetworks.com.
Nat Geo TV allows fans to watch their favorite National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD shows on the go. Full episodes of shows such as Life Below Zero, Wicked Tuna, The Incredible Dr. Pol and more are currently available at natgeotv.com and through popular connected devices like iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Xbox 360, Samsung TVs and starting this month, Roku.
Mike Reynolds contributed to this story