Policy

Fox to Subs: Demand ‘TV Everywhere!’

8/22/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

The Fox broadcast network is
encouraging pay TV customers to demand
that their providers participate in its “TV
Everywhere” service, in a tactic reminiscent
of campaigns surrounding retransmission-consent negotiations.

Last week, Fox stopped providing new
episodes at Fox.com and Hulu.com for free
to everyone the day after they air, making
them available only to subscribers of participating
“TV Everywhere” distributors (as
well as Hulu Plus) for eight days following
their TV premiere. So far, only Dish Network
has an agreement with Fox for the authentication
service.

Fox provides a brief notice (“Why Isn’t
My Provider Listed?”) explaining the
change at its site — www.fox.com/watchnewepisodes
— as well as on “locked” episodes
of shows in that eight-day window.

“Frustrated?” the Fox notice reads. “Join
your fellow subscribers and let
your TV provider know that you
want access to all full episodes
on FOX.com. We will send an
email when your provider’s status
changes.”

Visitors are invited to fill out
their ZIP code, select their provider
and enter their name and email
address to be notified when
their provider has joined the Fox
program.

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