Fox Now is a popular streaming service that allows you to watch Fox TV shows and movies on demand on various devices including Vizio Smart TVs. 

Recently i did experience streaming issues will trying to use the Fox Now app on my Vizio Smart TV and when i did a few research, i discovered that  some users have also reported related issues.

Outdated Vizio TV firmware, Fox Now app bug or glitch, Internet connectivity problems, Account login problems, Restricted location, Hard drive space limitation, or Device incompatibility are possible causes for this Streaming problem. 


Here at Smart Home Apt, we shall look into a few effective tips you can try to resolve Fox Now streaming issues.


How to fix Fox Now App Not Working on Vizio Smart TV ?


1. Ensure That Your Vizio TV Is Compatible With Fox Now App

Vizio smart TV models from 2016 or newer, running SmartCast OS, are compatible with the Fox Now app. The year of your TV can be identified by looking at the model number, which can be found either in the system menu or on a sticker on the back of the TV. Typically, the model number will look like V60-K2.

The model year is indicated by the last letter of the code - D corresponds to 2016, E to 2017, F to 2018 and so on.

If you own a Vizio TV that was made before 2016, you have two choices: replace the TV or add a streaming stick. A streaming stick is a more cost-effective and simpler solution.

You can use either a Fire TV Stick or a Roku streaming stick to play Fox Now on any type of TV, smart or not. Both are convenient and come with the most popular streaming apps.


2. Restart or Power Cycle Your Vizio TV

Random software glitches can be the source of many app issues. When tackling software issues, the classic and most effective remedy is to switch the TV off and then on again.

When pressing the power button won't actually reboot your Vizio SmartCast TV, it instead enters standby mode. This is done to ensure a faster startup, but software bugs can gradually accumulate. 

To force your TV to reboot fully, here is what you should do:

  • Disconnect your TV from the outlet.
  • Wait for two minutes.
  • Reconnect your TV and switch it on.


Give the Fox Now app another go. It's worth keeping these directions on hand; often a simple reset can take care of most TV issues.


3. Test the Speed of Your Internet Connection

Buffering issues with Fox Now and other streaming applications may be a result of a slow internet connection. In the worst cases, the internet may be too slow or erratic to even access the Fox Now servers.

You can determine the speed of your internet connection using your computer or mobile device by performing an Internet Speed Test. Ensure that the device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your television and switch off mobile data when using your phone.

If your speeds are slower than 3-4 Mbps for standard streaming and 5-8 Mbps for HD, you'll need to take the below action:

  • Examine possible interferences (for example, a lot of walls between your router and television).
  • Reboot your router and modem (more information in the next tip).
  • Get in touch with your ISP to determine if there are any network issues or if you require an upgrade.


4. Reboot your router and modem

More often than not, the difficulty is originating from your local Wi-Fi network instead of the TV or the Fox Now app.

Troubleshooting network problems can be time consuming, so a simpler alternative is to just restart your network to see if that resolves the issue. Moreover, restarting your network monthly is a good practice to maintain its optimal performance.

Ensure that no one in your house is using the internet before moving forward. This process will cause all internet and network connections to be disconnected for approximately five minutes when the reboot occurs.

  • Begin by disconnecting the power cables from the modem and router.
  • Allow 30 seconds to pass.
  • Reattach the power cables.
  • Give a few minutes for the modem and router to power up.


Once your TV is reconnected to the network, you should open the Fox Now app and test it out. Additionally, if the speeds of your network were slow when you checked them, you should test them again. Restarting your router can give you a temporary speed boost, but it won't be able to solve any underlying problems.


5. Perform Vizio TV Firmware Update

Firmware updates can be just as effective as app updates when it comes to resolving TV app issues.

With Vizio SmartCast TVs, you can rely on the auto-update feature to keep your firmware up to date; however, if you prefer, you can manually force an update. This alternative is useful if the auto-update is turned off or if it fails without alerting you.

  • Press either the V button or the home button on your remote.
  • Select System from the menu.
  • Then press Check for Updates
  • When the TV is done searching for updates, confirm the installation if one is present.

After updating the firmware, attempt to use the Fox Now app again.


6. Clear the Fox Now App Cache

Although the newer Vizio TV models will not let you upgrade or get rid of apps, they do have a feature for clearing the cache of an app. This is like erasing the cookies in an internet browser, and frequently this will clear up any random problems with the app.

  • Using your remote, press either the V button or the home button.
  • Then select System from the menu.
  • Go to Apps and click System Apps.
  • Select the Fox Now app.
  • Click Clear Cache, and finally press OK


Give the Fox Now app another go.


7. Turn Off Your VPN if applicable

If you have a virtual private network (VPN), this step applies to you. Otherwise, if you are unfamiliar with what a VPN is, then you are likely not using one.

Most video applications and streaming services try to stop people from accessing their content via VPN. If the VPN you're using has already been blocked by Fox Now, it's likely you won't be able to get access to your streaming service. To find out if this is the case, try turning off the VPN and testing the Fox Now app connection again.


8. Give Fox a Go on a Different Device

Before attempting our extreme solution, let's find out how widespread the issue is. Could you try accessing Fox Now on another device connected to your network?

Reach out to Vizio support if Fox Now is not functioning on your TV but works on your other devices.

If Fox Now isn't operational on any of your devices, the issue could be with either your Fox Now account or the Fox servers.


9. Determine the Status of the Fox Now Server

By making use of ServicesDown, you can determine if other individuals in your area are experiencing troubles with Fox Now. Generally, Fox Now interruptions are local and can be fixed in a short time.

If you can’t find anything on ServicesDown, it's probably time to contact Fox Now support for a more up-to-date information.


10. Perform Vizio Tv Factory Reset

All of our easy attempts to resolve the issue have been exhausted, so we must try one final solution: a factory reset. This will delete all of your television settings and information regarding your Fox Now application - however, it could potentially solve the streaming application difficulties.

To do this:

  • Press the V button or home button on your remote.
  • Choose System from the menu.
  • Go to Reset & Admin.
  • Click Reset TV to Factory Defaults.
  • Type in the parental code password (0000 if it hasn't been modified).
  • Press Reset, and wait a few minutes until the TV has been reset and turns back on.


Give the Fox Now app one more go and see if that fixes any software or firmware problems that could be preventing it from running on your Vizio TV.


With the proper troubleshooting steps, resolving issues with Fox Now on Vizio Smart TVs is usually not too complicated. The majority of causes for the streaming service not working can be fixed by updating firmware, reinstalling the app and rebooting network equipment. 


Here are 21 possible fixes for resolving Fox Now not working on Vizio Smart TV:


1. Update the Vizio TV software:
  • Go to Menu - Admin & Privacy - System Information - System update
  • Select "Check for updates" and install any available updates
  • Reboot your TV after installation and check if Fox Now is working


2. Uninstall and reinstall the Fox Now app:
  • Go to Menu - Apps - Fox Now
  • Select "Uninstall" to remove the app
  • Go to the Vizio smart TV apps store and search for the Fox Now app
  • Reinstall the Fox Now app and sign in again with your Fox credentials


3. Restart your router and modem:
  • Unplug the power cables for your router and modem
  • Wait 2-3 minutes, then plug them back in
  • Wait for your network equipment to fully restart
  • Try accessing Fox Now on your Vizio TV again to see if the issue is fixed


4. Check if Fox Now is experiencing service issues:


5. Sign out and back into the Fox Now app:
  • Open the Fox Now app on your Vizio TV
  • Go to the menu or settings in the app and select "Sign out"
  • Wait a few seconds, then select "Sign in"
  • Enter your Fox Now login credentials to sign in again
  • Try streaming content on Fox Now to see if signing in again resolved the issue


6. Clear the Fox Now app cache and data:
  • Go to Menu - Apps - Fox Now
  • Press and hold the Fox Now app icon with the Vizio remote until a menu pops up
  • Select "Uninstall app" - "Uninstall and delete data" to remove the current app installation along with any cached data
  • Return to the Vizio smart TV apps store and reinstall the Fox Now app
  • Sign in to your Fox Now account in the newly reinstalled app and see if the issue is fixed


7. Check if your Vizio TV model supports Fox Now:


8. Enable location permission for Fox Now:
  • Go to Menu - Apps - Fox Now
  • Select the "More options" or "App settings" menu within the Fox Now app
  • Turn on "Location" permission for the Fox Now app
  • The Fox Now app may require location access in order to determine your region and provide appropriate streaming content options. Enabling location permission may fix issues with streaming restrictions.


9. Update firmware for your Vizio remote and other devices:
  • Go to Menu - Admin & Privacy - Remote Control Information
  • Select "Check for update" and install any available software updates for the Vizio remote
  • Repeat the same process for any other input devices like streaming sticks or boxes connected to your Vizio TV
  • Outdated firmware on additional TV components can sometimes affect functionality with smart TV features and streaming apps
  • Update any available software and reboot the TV to refresh the new versions


10. Repair or reset the Fox Now app:
  • Go to Menu - Apps - Fox Now
  • Press and hold the Fox Now app icon until a menu appears
  • Select "App repair" or "App reset" to refresh the Fox Now app
  • This may fix any minor software issues with the app and allow it to stream properly again


11. Factory reset your Vizio Smart TV:
  • Go to Menu - Admin & Privacy - Reset & Admin
  • Choose "Reset TV to factory defaults" - "Continue"
  • A factory reset will wipe your TV software and settings and restore them to default
  • Once your TV has powered back on, you will have to go through the initial setup again, reinstall any streaming apps like Fox Now and sign in to your accounts
  • A hard reset can fix major software bugs and glitches that standard troubleshooting did not address


12. Ensure "Smart Interactivity" is on:
  • Go to Menu - Apps - Smart Interactivity
  • Make sure the "Smart Interactivity" feature is enabled or turned on
  • If it is off or disabled, turn it on; this feature needs to be activated for many smart TV apps and services to function properly
  • With "Smart Interactivity" turned on, reopen the Fox Now app and see if it is now working correctly


13. Double check parental controls:
  • Go to Menu - Admin & Privacy - Parental controls
  • Ensure parental controls are not set too strictly which could potentially block streaming apps
  • Adjust parental control ratings and content filters to allow full access to the Fox Now app
  • Changes to parental control settings may take a few minutes to go into effect
  • Try accessing Fox Now again to determine if adjusting parental controls resolved the issue


14. Change your DNS server settings:
  • Go to Menu - Network - Network settings - Advanced network settings
  • Manually enter the Google Public DNS server addresses: Primary DNS: Secondary DNS:
  • Save the DNS changes and exit the menu
  • Changing DNS servers may improve connectivity and performance for streaming apps
  • Try streaming on Fox Now again to see if the new DNS settings fixed your issues accessing the service


15. Enable "Clear Action" on your Vizio TV:
  • Go to Menu - Picture - Advanced picture - Clear Action
  • Make sure the "Clear Action" setting is turned on or enabled
  • The "Clear Action" feature enhances picture quality for fast moving scenes like in sports or action content
  • With "Clear Action" turned on, the video performance may improve for streaming apps like Fox Now
  • Stream something on Fox Now again to see if the picture quality or playback has improved with "Clear Action" enabled


16. Adjust display settings on your Vizio TV:
  • Go to Menu - Picture and adjust display settings like:
  • Picture mode: Change to "Calibrated" or "Computer" mode for best streaming
  • Aspect ratio: Change to "Normal" for optimal screen fit
  • Display mode: Enable "Game Low Latency" if available on your model -Enable features like "Motion Blur Reduction" or "Black Detail" to improve picture
  • The ideal display settings for streaming apps may differ from regular TV inputs and channels
  • Adjusting the picture mode and other settings may resolve display issues impacting Fox Now streaming


17. Restart streaming devices connected to your Vizio TV:
  • Unplug any streaming sticks, boxes or other connected devices from power for 2-3 minutes
  • Plug the devices back in and wait for them to restart
  • Once fully restarted, open the Fox Now app on your streaming device to see if rebooting the additional equipment resolved your issues accessing the Fox Now service
  • If Fox Now is working again, the network connection or related software components for the streaming device may have needed a reset


18. Disable Vizio TV power saving mode:
  • Go to Menu - Eco Solution - Power Saving Mode
  • Turn the "Power Saving Mode" setting off or disable it
  • The power saving feature on Vizio TVs can interfere with connectivity and performance for streaming apps -With "Power Saving Mode" disabled, you may find Fox Now starts working again with the improved network conditions


19. Connect your Vizio TV to the router via Ethernet: 
  • - Make sure you have an Ethernet cable that can connect your TV to the internet router 
  • - Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the back of your Vizio TV -Connect the other end to an available Ethernet port on your router
  • - Using Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi may provide faster, more consistent Internet speeds for streaming 
  • - Once connected directly to the router, open the Fox Now app to determine if the Ethernet connection resolved your streaming issues


20. Try streaming Fox Now on another device:
  • - If Fox Now works fine on other devices like mobile phones, tablets or laptops connected to your network, then the issue is likely specific to your Vizio TV 
  • - Try basic troubleshooting for your Vizio TV like updating its software, reinstalling the Fox Now app and performing a hard reset 
  • - If problems continue on your Vizio TV only, it may indicate a device malfunction that requires contacting Vizio support for servicing


21. Power cycle your Vizio Smart TV: 
  • - Unplug the power cable from the back of your Vizio TV for 2-3 minutes 
  • - Plug the power cable back in to power the TV back on
  • - A hard power cycle will force restart the entire Vizio TV system including its software, network components and connected devices 
  • - With the TV restarted, open the Fox Now app again to see if power cycling your Vizio TV resolved the issues preventing access to the Fox Now service.