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Fox Reality To Surpass 35 Million Subscribers

January 09, 2007 11:44 PM by Joe Reality

Fox Reality, the nation’s only all-reality, all-the-time programming
service, has distribution commitments that will propel it past 35
million subscribers in its second year, joining only National
Geographic Channel, TNT and NFL Network as other new networks to
achieve that feat.

Fox Cable Networks represents two networks – Fox Reality and National Geographic Channel – to achieve 35 million homes in their second year and still another network – FX – to have also surpassed 20 million in its first. Fox has successfully launched at least one new network – and sometimes two – in each of the past six consecutive years. It’s most recent launch – the Big Ten Network – debuts in August 2007 in time for the next college football season.

Fox Reality has new distribution agreements with the nation’s top two cable system operators Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable (also representing Bright House Networks), and is now seen on seven of the ten largest cable systems nationwide. It’s also carried by top satellite systems such as DIRECTV and emerging telecom video providers such as Verizon.

“We’ve now got a strong base to continue building up our original programming schedule and making more high-profile acquisitions,” says Fox Realty Chief Operating Officer and General Manager David Lyle. “This is more than just a nice milestone, because it gives us a critical mass to boost Fox Reality into another league for its fans.”

Fox Reality launched in May 2005 and already offers several original series and specials, top US network favorites and exclusive international reality programs. Its programming is available on television, broadband, cellular phones and other leading mobile devices. It recently entered into a sweeping deal with Apple® to deliver the first episode of all of its upcoming original series to iTunes® for free approximately one week prior to their television premiere.

Video podcasts of Fox Reality’s daily show “Reality Remix’s” interviews with top reality series contestants and episodes of its original series “Solitary” have already generated more than 1 million downloads since their iTunes debuts in June and September. “Solitary” was one of the ten-most-downloaded series in terms of both season purchases and individual episode purchases during its first week in the iTunes store. Fox Reality’s original series “My Bare Lady” premiered on iTunes on Nov. 30 before premiering on Fox Reality on Dec. 7.

Several other new original series will join the Fox Reality schedule over the next few months. New original series “Rob & Amber: Against the Odds” featuring “Survivor All-Stars” (ssn eight) and “The Amazing Race” (ssn 7) winner Rob and Amber Mariano premieres this Thursday, January 11.

Fox Reality follows “Rob & Amber” with the second season return of popular “American Idol Extra” companion series to sister FOX Broadcasting Company’s most-popular series on television. “American Idol Extra” on March 15.

In May, Fox Reality introduces another new original series “The Academy,” which documents the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s intense process of breaking down and building up raw recruits, turning them into ready-for-duty Deputy Sheriffs. “Rob & Amber” and “The Academy” will join the iTunes portal approximately a week before those planned television premieres.

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