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December 15, 2018

We spent hours watching Fox’s new streaming service so you (probably) don’t have to

November 28, 2018
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano hosts the inaugural broadcast of “Liberty File” on the new streaming service Fox Nation. (Richard Drew / AP)

Liberals need not subscribe.

Fox Nation, a new streaming service that went live Tuesday morning, is aimed at viewers hungry for more opinion than what the cable news network already provides. The platform – think Netflix or Hulu but for a conservative audience – bills itself as “opinion done right” with “more of the content you love from the voices you trust.”




Formatted much like other popular streaming services, Fox Nation breaks down its hodgepodge of right-leaning content in a series of revolving menus. For $5.99 a month, subscribers are granted access to a trove of both new and old content, featuring Fox staples like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.

In addition to popular past hits, the steaming platform is also slated to air as many as eight original programs on a daily basis.

One of the platform’s stars is Tomi Lahren, who appears in a pair of complementary segments – “First Thoughts” which airs at 9:30 a.m., and “Final Thoughts,” which goes live at 6 p.m.

Lahren sticks to her usual shtick in the bite-sized clips, shouting directly into the camera about “the leftist mainstream media and bleeding heart liberals” for the entire three minutes.

The 26-year-old firebrand, formerly a host on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, most recently sparked backlash for calling the conflict between migrants and border agents “the highlight” of her Thanksgiving weekend. The host doubled down on the comments in one of her first Fox Nation videos published Tuesday morning.

“When thousands and thousands of people bum-rush into a country it’s called an invasion, not a caravan,” she said before going on to mock those sympathizing with the scores of asylum seekers, many of who fled their homes on foot.

“Excuse me, first of all, there have been reports of people taking sporadic charter buses or hitch-hiking to get here – they didn’t all walk. And secondly, according to homeland security officials, more than 500 criminals are traveling with the migrant caravan massed on the other side of the San Diego border crossing. And they aren’t women and children. “

Other features include a round-table discussion with Fox News mothers, led by Rachel Compost Duffy, a book club hosted by Dana Perino and a docuseries following the First Family.

In “America: Great from the Start,” “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade “steps off the curvy couch to bring his humor and commentary to the stage for his live show.”

“Because I have the best job in the world, with the number one network in the world on the number one morning show in the world that the President likes more than anything else in the world at one of the most consequential times in American history, I don’t want you to think I’m caught up in it,” he says in a special presentation for an audience in Florida.

Kilmeade also hosts a history series called “What Made America Great,” a program that follows him to places that “helped shape our country” — like the home of Andrew Jackson.

This combination of photos shows Fox News Channel personalities, from left, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino and Brian Kilmeade.
This combination of photos shows Fox News Channel personalities, from left, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino and Brian Kilmeade. (/ AP)

Some of the service’s features aren’t available yet.

“Cooking with Steve Doocy,” set to make its premiere on Dec. 4, will see the Fox News anchor whip up chili with Dr. Oz and cook Stromboli with Anthony Scaramucci and his wife over drinks.

An upcoming episode of “Scandalous” – a longform series devoted to historical events – highlights “The Mysterious Case of Tawana Brawley,” who claimed she had been raped and kidnapped by a group of white men in Dutchess County in the 1980s.




Her tale of being attacked, smeared with feces and then left for dead nabbed headlines worldwide – and helped build the profile of civil rights activist Al Sharpton – but a special state grand jury later determined she fabricated the entire incident.

All content on Fox Nation is commercial free, meaning no worries about advertiser boycotts, and goes live during a designated time slot.

The daily schedule — designed so it does not conflict with the airing of the network’s cable content — kicks off at 7 a.m. with “Prime Time Highlights,” which dissects Fox News Channels coverage from the night before.

The daily programming emphasizes short-form commentary from on-air personalities well-known to viewers of the network like Trump supporters Diamond & Silk, who will be releasing weekly five-minute videos “focused on the events of the day and causal discourse.”

The pair sky-rocketed to fame with a Pro-Trump vlog during the 2016 presidential campaign and more recently, have been mired in scandal over payments from the President’s campaign and claims of censorship against Facebook.

Fox senior vice president of development and production John Finley said the service is aimed at the network’s “superfans.”

“We are incredibly excited to bring our viewers exclusive access, content and experience from our FOX News stars at an attainable price,” Finley said.

“In an on demand era of viewers watching content wherever and whenever they want, FOX Nation will complement and enhance our powerhouse FOX News programming for loyal superfans who want to remain connected to our signature platforms.”

According to Nielsen, Fox averages 1.7 million daily daytime viewers and 2.8 million nightly prime time viewers, with fans boasting a median age of 65.

Finley declined to say how many subscriptions have so far come in for an interview with the Los Angeles Times, but described the sales as “robust.”

While cost for the service is $5.99 a month, Fox does have several limited-time offers for those interested in being part of the service’s founding partners program. They include a $60 one-year subscription, which comes with a commemorative Fox Nation Founder Challenge coin, and a $1,200 three-year subscription – which is paired with a Fox Nation Founder tactical watch, a set of Fox Nation cocktail glasses, a hat, medal and coin.

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