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Fox shuts down TV Everywhere app, pushes streamers to Hulu

Fox becomes the first network to end support for its TV Everywhere app in the era of cord-cutting.

Fox becomes the first network to end support for its TV Everywhere app in the era of cord-cutting.

The Fox content dashboard on streaming service Hulu. (Graphic by The Desk)

Fox has shut down its TV Everywhere app Fox Now, which allowed broadcast, cable and satellite customers to watch episodes of hit Fox comedies, dramas and animation one day after they aired on the traditional TV network.

In a notice sent to users this week and posted on the Fox website, the network gave no reason for shutting down the app, but directed streamers toward other solutions if they wanted to continue watching Fox’s programming.

The network still offers three of its own streaming TV apps: Fox Sports, which offers live access to sports-related programming aired on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and other channels; Fox Local, a new aggregate news app that offers live newscasts, weather and stories of interests from Fox-owned local TV stations; and Tubi, the network’s free, ad-supported streaming service that includes more than 50,000 movies and TV episodes, including some that originate from Fox itself.

Fox programming is still available to broadcast TV viewers through the Fox website. Cable and satellite customers can use their pay TV credentials to watch additional episodes of most Fox series through the Fox website as well.

The decision to shut down the Fox Now app comes about six months after the network renewed its deal with the Walt Disney Company to offer next-day episodes of its television shows through the premium streaming service Hulu. It wasn’t clear if the extended agreement required Fox to sunset the Fox Now app by a certain date.

Fox becomes the first major television broadcaster to officially pull support for its TV Everywhere app on phones, tablets and smart TVs. Comcast’s NBC, Disney’s ABC and Paramount Global’s CBS still operate their TV Everywhere apps.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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