FOX Changes Online Streaming Access

Behind the Streaming Curtain

This season, FOX pulls a few of my favorite series behind a curtain, making the latest episodes available online for immediate viewing only if you have a subscription to DISH Network. These shows include Fringe with John Noble, as well as Glee, the runaway musical hit. Don’t have DISH? Wait eight days for the latest episode to unlock, then catch it before it expires, generally 45 to 60 days after it originally aired.

This isn’t the first network to delay episode streaming by a week or so; The CW kept streaming viewers a week behind on shows like Supernatural and Smallville, which worked out well enough as long as your coworkers didn’t talk about it. The temptation of spoilers balanced by the anticipation of surprises — this was the CW episode stream.

However, FOX finds a curious compromise between near-instant gratification, as all shows streamed the day after they aired, and a reward system for those who already pay for programming:

“If you have an account with DISH Network you can be among the first to watch the most recently aired episodes on Otherwise, full episodes are available for viewing 8 days after the airdate. This is true wherever full episodes of FOX shows appear online.”

You’re not with DISH, but still want to stream today’s episode… tomorrow? Send FOX your e-mail address for an update as soon as they add your content provider to their access list. Meanwhile, you’re waiting for the episode to unlock with everyone else (or watching it on TV, of course).

What do you think of the new streaming curtain at FOX?



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