Be Prepared: Roku Drops Support for Fox Just Before Super Bowl

Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to watch the big game

What: Fox apps may not work on Roku devices as of January 31, just before the Super Bowl is set to air on the network

How: Without a new distribution deal, Roku will remove Fox apps from its devices at the end of the month

Why Do You Care: If you’ve been planning to watch the big game on your Roku via Fox and your cable subscription, you’ll need to find another alternative

Roku Ultra (top) and Roku Streaming Stick (bottom) Remotes
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If you were hoping to log into the Fox app on your Roku device this weekend to catch the big game via your cable subscription, you may be out of luck.

As The Verge reports, Fox and Roku’s distribution deal ends at the end of January, and they haven’t been able to come to an agreement. Typically, you’d log into the Fox app with your cable subscription to stream the Super Bowl at no extra cost. Without the apps on Roku, you won’t be able to do that.

Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to stream the Super Bowl.

As is often the case in negotiations like this, both companies blame the other. According to Gizmodo, Roku claims that Fox declined an offered extension on the deal. For its own part, Fox claims Roku is to blame in a tweet that says, in essence, only Roku can delete apps.

While this is more than likely simple posturing, the end result may be your inability to stream the game via Fox apps (e.g., Fox Now, Fox Sports, Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Soccer, Big Ten Network, Fox Nation).

If you’re set on streaming the game, you can look to Hulu, YouTube, PlayStation Vue, Fubo, or Sling TV, or use the Fox apps on Apple TV or other devices. You may even be able to catch the broadcast via TV antenna, if you have one.

Ultimately, this won’t have too much effect on Roku and Fox users, as long as you prepare yourself for a different way to watch the game this weekend.