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Monday, December 4, 2023
Newsmax Goes The Streaming Route With Second Channel Filled With Dubious Hosts
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax announced its new streaming service in an Oct. 31 article:

Newsmax's continued growth will include Wednesday's launch of a new subscription service for its streaming content.

Newsmax+ is a paid subscription service that will provide access to the full Newsmax channel on your phone or TV app.

Subscribers will get all the breaking news, expert analysis, and commentary from Newsmax's renowned contributors and pundits that you can't find anywhere else.

"Millions of Americans are tuning into Newsmax and we want to give them even more content they can stream at home or on their phones," Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO, said of the new launch.

As of Nov. 1, the popular Newsmax channel will go behind a paywall due to cable agreements — and will no longer be streaming for free on services like Samsung, Roku, Vizio, LG — or on smartphones.

Newsmax is also launching Wednesday N2, or Newsmax2, its free streaming channel with top news headlines and informative shows.

Newsmax+ will make it easy for viewers to download our new app on their home TV store or on their smartphone.

Basically, Newsmax has to start a paid streaming option because it can't stream the channel for free anymore because cable companies don't like it when a service they're making people pay for is offered for free, and it now apparently has enough cable carriage that it can do so.

But what is Newsmax2, the new free channel? As Mediaite explains, it's largely simulcasts of right-wing radio hosts, which is almost as exciting as it sounds. But there will also be original programming from people too disgraced to appear on the main channel. First up is a show hosted by Ed Henry, who has a long list of issues that we documented when it was first reported he was in talks with Newsmax, from the sexual harassment allegations that got him fired from Fox News to a more recent DUI conviction. He is so toxic that even other Newsmax employees were lobbying against his hiring.

Also getting a new show is Rudy Giuliani -- yes, the disgraced and indicted former New York City mayor for whom Newsmax is running a legal defense fund. That seems a bit like another payment of sorts to the legal defense fund.

Another former Fox News talking head getting a show on N2, according to Mediate, is Andrew Napolitano, who has the same issue as Henry and other ex-Fox News folks now working for Newsmax -- he was fired over a sexual harassment complaint.

Newsmax has since been touting that Newsmax+ has reached 150,000 subscribers. It didn't talk much about N2.

Posted by Terry K. at 5:53 PM EST

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