FOX NOW app adds local FOX live stream and 8 other channels
The FOX NOW app has quietly undergone a revamp, adding live feeds from at least 9 different channels.
The number of live channels may vary depending on your pay-TV provider and what networks are in your subscription.
Here’s what I am currently seeing for live channels on my new FOX NOW app; Local FOX affiliate, FX East, FX West, FXX East, FXX West, FXM, National Geographic East, National Geographic West and Nat Geo Wild.
I used my fuboTV credentials to sign in to the app. But you can also use subscriptions from DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV. The live stream from the local FOX affiliate doesn’t come on until Primetime programming at 8 p.m.
This upgrade comes just before Game 7 of the World Series, so it will likely be helpful to people with live streaming subscriptions, but no FOX affiliate within their channel lineup. Apps with Live TV options often feature added channels that aren’t included in your subscription.
FOX NOW app brings local FOX live stream, added movies and shows
The new FOX NOW app is divided into three sections: Shows, Movies and Live TV. The on-demand section for shows and movies draw from all of the channels mentioned above. Under shows, you can find dozens of specials and series from all nine channels including FOX, FX, National Geographic and the rest.
There’s definitely an emphasis on offering full seasons of shows on demand. That’s a big plus for cord cutters who are just discovering something new to watch halfway through a season. Dozens of movies have been added from the FX channels as well.
I also noticed that some FOX specials that were previously unavailable on the app are now free to stream.
The best example of this is Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? This special chronicles the effort by journalist Soledad O’Brien and Ice-T to shed more light on who was responsible for the killings of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
The special aired on FOX on Sept. 25, and briefly appeared on the app for several hours before suddenly disappearing. The show remained available for free on the FOX website. But there was no good way to watch it on your TV until its reappearance under the new app.
Speaking of the FOX website, there were two more live feeds added to my lineup that weren’t on the app: FS1 and FS2.
It’s hard to say whether the presence of these sports channels are only appearing on the web due to distribution rights, or whether the FOX NOW app is being fine tuned.
Seeing programs from FX and National Geographic made me wonder if those apps will eventually go away. Both of them were still operating as of this writing. The NAT GEO app is now nearly identical to the FOX NOW app, drawing in content from the same pool of networks.
How to get FOX live stream with FOX NOW app
There’s a two step process that you’ll need to go through in order to tap all the content that’s available on the FOX NOW app. You’ll need to set up a profile for the app, which basically consists of a name, email address and password. Separate from that, you will also need to sign in to your pay-TV account. Sure, you could use a cable subscription. But the real value here will be for subscribers to live streaming platforms like DirecTV Now, fuboTV and Sling TV.
What live channels are you getting on the FOX Now app? Let fellow readers know in the comments below.
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