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Tucker Carlson launches expensive streaming service

"Tucker Carlson Network" is priced higher than comparable right-of-center streaming TV products.

"Tucker Carlson Network" is priced higher than comparable right-of-center streaming TV products.

Former Fox News Channel commentator Tucker Carlson attends an event in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)
Former Fox News Channel commentator Tucker Carlson attends an event in Phoenix, Arizona in 2014. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Tucker Carlson has decided to throw his metaphorical hat into the world of streaming television.

On Monday, the former Fox News Channel commentator announced the launch of the “Tucker Carlson Network,” a streaming service that includes around five original series — including his X, formerly Twitter, show — and “access to Tucker’s personal inbox, to ask him anything that’s on your mind.”

Priced at $9 per month or $72 per year, the Tucker Carlson Network is more expensive when compared to other right-of-center streaming platforms on the market. Fox Nation, which continues to offer some of Carlson’s former programs as well as thousands of episodes of TV shows and documentaries, costs $6 per month or $60 per year, and the newly-launched Newsmax Plus (which includes live access to the Newsmax cable channel) is priced at $5 per month or $50 per year.

Carlson is hoping some of his 11 million followers on X (Twitter) will eventually plunk down $9 per month for his unique brand of commentary, which usually crosses the blurry line that exists between opinion and conspiracy. His long-form video series on X (Twitter) draws millions of views per episode, according to the platform’s public-facing view counter (some have questioned its reliability).

Carlson was fired from his highly-rated Fox News program in April after text messages unearthed during the Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit showed him disparaging high-level Fox News Media executives and other employees. A Fox News Media spokesperson initially characterized Carlson’s departure as a parting of ways.

In June, an attorney for Fox News Media sent a letter to Carlson and his legal representatives with a complaint about his X (Twitter) show, saying it violated certain terms of his still-in-force contract with the network.

“In connection with such breach and pursuant to the agreement, Fox expressly reserves all rights and remedies which are available to it at law or equity,” the letter said, according to financial publication Axios, which was first to report on it.

So far, Fox News Media has not acted publicly on its legal threat, and Carlson has pushed forward with plans to carve out his own digital media empire. Tucker Carlson Network is the second such product; he co-founded the political commentary website The Daily Caller in 2010, and sold his interest in the publication a decade later.

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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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