Bad news for some cable TV subscribers, especially those on smaller cable providers. FOX has shut down its FOX NOW app meaning there is no longer a way for cable customers to log into a FOX app to watch its primetime programming on their TV.
Now FOX is telling affected subscribers to watch via a web browser or subscribe to a paid service like Hulu.
Here is the announcement FOX posted on their website about the change:
FOX NOW is no longer available; please enjoy these other great apps from FOX. Whether it’s sports, news, local updates, or entertainment content, we want to create deeper engagement and ensure viewers can seamlessly explore and enjoy their favorite content within our ecosystem of brand-specific apps such as FOX Sports, FOX News, FOX Local, and Tubi.
We want to ensure viewers can seamlessly explore and enjoy their favorite content within our ecosystem of brand-specific apps such as FOX Sports, FOX News, FOX Local, and Tubi.
- Live Sporting Events on the FOX Sports App: The industry leader in live Sports events and engaging commentary. Download the FOX Sports app on compatible devices.
- FOX News Live on the FOX NEWS App: Breaking news and opinion from America’s #1 most-watched news brand. Download the FOX News app on compatible devices.
- Local FOX News on the FOX News Local App: News and local programming, free and on-demand from your FOX station. Download the FOX News local app on compatible devices.
- Tubi: Watch over 50,000 movies and TV shows free, on-demand on Tubi. Download the Tubi app on compatible devices.
- FOX TV Programming: via the web on FOX.com using supported browsers or Hulu via supported devices.
Most cable TV companies now offer their own apps offering access to all the programming they offer. This is likely leading to a drop in demand for FOX’s own app. The problem some will face is smaller cable TV companies that do not offer the same options as larger ones.
You can still get many of FOX’s programs through other apps, but no longer will you get free access to many of the national programs aired on FOX like you did through the FOX app.
This move will also affect cord cutters also as many cord cutting services offer access to the FOX app now though customers will need to use the live TV streaming service they paid for to access this FOX content.
Look for other networks to make similar moves as they look for ways to cut costs. When apps like FOX NOW launched, it was the only way for most cable subscribers tow catch content outside of their homes. Now they have multiple options, including their cable providers app.