Fox and Verizon have sealed a deal to extend their distribution contract for several more years. As an added bonus, Fios TV subscribers will gain access to Fox Weather and the ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) service Tubi in addition to the regular spate of channels.
Comprising of all Fox’s TV brands — including their news and sports channels — the renewal solidifies an expanding Fox and Verizon partnership. Locally operated and owned stations in several markets including New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia were also covered by the deal.
“Fox is pleased to extend and expand our long-standing relationship with Verizon as we add Fox Weather and Tubi to our industry-leading portfolio of news, sports and entertainment available to Verizon’s subscribers,” Michael Biard, Fox Corp.’s president of operations and distribution said in a statement.
The media giant has been phasing its weather reporting channel into its standard lineup deals since it debuted in 2021, launching on DIRECTV and Amazon's Fire TV platforms earlier this year. Meanwhile, Tubi continues to increase its AVOD content library with offerings such as Gordon Ramsay’s collection of hit shows as well as exclusive rights to air Lionsgate films.
The streaming industry continues to change, and media conglomerates such as Fox are searching for the best ways to exploit the market. Partnering with Verizon gives Fox the benefit of the cellular company’s distribution platform, though Fios TV is hardly the only avenue available to get its content in front of viewers. For the time being, though, it’s consumers who end up on top as they are offered more options than ever before to watch their preferred content.
FOX Weather is a 24/7 live weather service that offers coverage around the country. It includes forecasts, radar imagery, weather-related news, and live cameras at sites around the United States. The service is free and ad-supported. You can view the livestream at the top of the Watch tab in the FOX Weather mobile app.
Tubi is a free video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 45,000+ movies and television shows - more than any other streaming service. Its ad breaks are shorter and less frequent than most free services. Fox executives have called their service “TV on steroids.”
The service includes 55+ live news channels affiliated with NBC, FOX, Cox Media Group, Hearst, and Scripps. Local affiliates provide coverage in most major media markets.
Tubi’s programming includes films and television series from Fox Entertainment, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, Disney, and more.