Fox News is preparing to announce a stand-alone streaming service aimed at “the Fox superfan” that will be available separate from a cable subscription, the New York Times reports.
The service, named Fox Nation, will be announced on Tuesday and is expected to launch by the end of the year for an undetermined monthly fee. Programming for the new platform will consist of “right-leaning commentary, with original shows and cameos by popular personalities like Sean Hannity,” according to the Times.
“Fox Nation is designed to appeal to the Fox superfan,” Fox News development and production executive John Finley told NYT. “These are the folks who watch Fox News every night for hours at a time, the dedicated audience that really wants more of what we have to offer.”
In order to comply with the company’s contracts with cable providers, the new streaming service will not feature any programming overlap with the traditional station. It will instead develop new shows and programming with a “mostly fresh” set of on-air talent.
The new venture comes as the rising popularity of cord-cutting has programmers shifting their focus to OTT options like CBS All Access or similar services offered by Showtime and HBO.
The planned Fox News service is most similar to ESPN’s recently announced streaming service ESPN Plus, which will feature live sports coverage not available on traditional TV but will still require a cable subscription to view the games that are being broadcast.
Fox News competitor CNN itself already has CNNgo, a streaming option which does require an existing cable subscription.
Representatives for Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.