Nov 27, 2018

Fox News eyes a piece of the streaming pie

Left to right: "Fox & Friends" co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade shoot pool as Fox Nation's "UN-PC" co-host Britt McHenry and Ainsley Earhardt watch. (Photo: Fox News)

Fox Nation, an on-demand, subscription-based service ($5.99/month) that will include a weekly video from conservative social media stars Diamond & Silk, is set to launch on Tuesday morning.

Why it matters: Fox News is joining a very competitive field in the conservative news-streaming space. But the reality is that this is an experiment for the Murdochs, who have successfully launched streaming services elsewhere around the globe.

Details:

  • Fox News says there'll be 40-50 hours of new programming a week.
  • There won't be a set schedule because everything will be on demand.
  • The switch will flip with "Primetime Highlights" — key moments from last night, with co-hosts Carley Shimkus and Rob Schmitt.
  • Daily programming will end with a quiz show at around 7 p.m.

The bigger picture: Fox News joins other networks in trying to build a direct-to-consumer video product that they can sell without going through pay-TV providers, which keep the data.

  • The consensus among analysts is that most networks don't have the scale to compete directly with streaming giants like Netflix or Amazon.
  • Instead, the streaming efforts create incremental revenue for the networks and help them expand their audiences. At this point, it's marketing. 

Go deeper:

Go deeper

Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 5 hours ago - Health

Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

Go deeperArrow6 hours ago - World