Fox Adds 2 Operators To Authentication System
Fox has added two new operators to its effort placing a soft paywall around online streaming of shows, such as “Glee” and “The Simpsons.” Mediacom and Verizon FiOS customers can view episodes the day after air, so long as they log in and prove they are paying subscribers.
The shows are available on Fox.com and Hulu.com. Other people must wait until eight days after broadcast for access.
Fox recently launched the authentication program with Dish Network. The initiative might help it obtain slightly higher retransmission-consent payments from operators.
Verizon has already started making episodes available on VOD the day after air, while Mediacom is readying to do so.
Programming -- which also includes “Family Guy” and “Bones” -- remains available for 28 days, except for “The X Factor” episodes, which stay up for three days after debuting.
In addition to Fox.com and Hulu, Verizon will allow authenticated viewing on its FiOS home page.