Roku Restores Fox Apps in Time for Super Bowl LIV

The deal ensures that Roku users will have access to Fox's free 4K stream of the 49ers-Chiefs championship matchup.

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

February 1, 2020

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Roku Restores Fox Apps in Time for Super Bowl LIV

Roku announced Friday that it had reached a new deal with Fox and restored the programmer's apps on its streaming players and smart TVs that run the Roku OS.

Roku announced the new deal via Twitter last night:

Roku's earlier distribution agreement with Fox lapsed on January 31, an event that caused the company to yank Fox's standalone streaming apps, including Fox Now. That move jeopardized Roku's ability to provide the free 4K stream that Fox will deliver on Sunday for the Super Bowl LIV matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The impasse highlighted the fact that content distribution disputes are now extending beyond traditional broadcast and pay-TV. This particular dispute grabbed more attention because it occurred before the most-watched sports event in the US. The video streaming landscape has expanded, adding fuel to such conflicts; Roku's platform ended Q3 2019 with 32.3 million active accounts.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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