Fox Broadcasting’s Internet-streaming service is now available through Google’s Chromecast adapter — providing access to full episodes of the broadcaster’s current and recent shows, including the entire first season of smash hit “Empire.”
But there’s a catch: Users must subscribe to a participating cable, satellite or telco pay-TV provider in order to watch most of the Fox content through Chromecast (or other devices). That includes access to the full 12-episode run of frosh sensation “Empire,” the music-biz drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Separately, Hulu inked a pact in March with 20th Century Fox Television granting it exclusive SVOD rights to “Empire,” although under the deal Fox retains in-season “stacking” rights.
To date, Fox has cut “TV Everywhere” authentication deals for its Fox Now app and Fox.com covering most pay-TV providers in the U.S. Those include Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Mediacom and Suddenlink.
Other shows available through Fox Now include “American Idol,” “Bones,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Family Guy,” “The Following,” “Glee,” “Gotham,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “MasterChef,” “The Mindy Project,” “New Girl,” “The Simpsons,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Wayward Pines.”