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FOX Q3 2022 Earnings Call Transcript

Participants

Corporate Executives

  • Joe Dorrego
    Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives
  • Lachlan K. Murdoch
    Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Steve Tomsic
    Chief Financial Officer

Analysts

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Fox Corporation Third Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded. I will now turn the conference over to our Chief Investor Relations Officer, Mr. Joe Dorrego. Please go ahead, sir.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Thank you, operator. Good morning and welcome to our fiscal 2022 third quarter earnings call. Joining me on the call today are Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; John Nallen, Chief Operating Officer; and Steve Tomsic, our Chief Financial Officer. First, Lachlan and Steve will give some prepared remarks on the most recent quarter and then we'll take questions from the investment community. Please note that this call may include forward-looking statements regarding Fox Corporation's financial performance and operating results. These statements are based on management's current expectations and actual results could differ from what is stated as a result of certain factors identified on today's call and in the company's SEC filings. Additionally, this call will include certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA or EBITDA as we refer to it on this call. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are included in our earnings release and our SEC filings, which are available in the Investor Relations section of our website. And with that, I'm pleased to turn the call over to Lachlan.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Thanks, Joe, and good morning everyone. Thank you for joining us on this call. I don't know about everyone else, but I often find early mornings after a coffee or two or three to be a good time to reflect on the progress you're making and the plan the days or weeks ahead. Sitting here on the FOX lot with my colleagues, I can recall our Investor Day when we saw all of you or most of you in person and kicked off the new FOX, now already a few years ago.

Some of you asked then correctly, could the new streamline FOX aggressively grow its top line revenues? And while we committed to you then that we would add $1 billion of television distribution revenue by calendar 2022, we all knew the proof would be in the pudding. So, it's pleasing that this quarter we again delivered healthy distribution and advertising revenue growth across our brands and complemented by further stellar growth at Tubi.

Overall, we delivered 7% revenue growth, led by 9% advertising growth and 5% growth in our distribution revenues. As a reminder, this 5% growth in distribution revenues does not include the benefit of any material renewals this fiscal year. Those renewals start next year. And our advertising growth was notably broad-based. Cable advertising grew by 20% in the quarter. This growth was driven by FOX News as its pricing and ratings strengths more than offset the elevated level of preemptions due to the coverage of the war in Ukraine. Television advertising grew by 6% in the quarter. This increase was led by Tubi, which saw advertising growth accelerate from approximately 40% in the December quarter to 50% on the back of increased engagement. In addition, continued strong demand for sports drove overall growth at the FOX Network and at the local level, advertising revenues increased despite continued supply chain and other economic headwinds.

As we look to our upfront next Monday, we are encouraged by the early momentum in the market and we believe that our focus on live including the must have events of the coming year, such as the Super Bowl, The World Cup and even the mid-term political cycle puts us firmly in the ally with our advertising partners as upfront deals were made. And as we established last year, Tubi will continue to play a leading integrated role in our upfront efforts. We are in this enviable position due to the execution of our strategy by our core business units. It's hard work, but it pays off. FOX News channel finished the first quarter of calendar '22 as cable's most-watched network in primetime and total day viewers. In fact, FOX News was the only cable news network to post gains versus the prior year quarter in total viewers and the key demographic adults 25 to 54.

FOX News to now beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total day and with both total viewers in the key demo for nine consecutive months, and with a total day share of 54% across both demos. These achievements reflect the growing breadth and depth of our programing slide. Notably, The Five was the most-watched program in cable news for the second consecutive quarter. Meanwhile, Gutfeld delivered its highest rated quarter ever or Jesse Watters Primetime, which was launched in late January is averaging over three million viewers in the 7:00 PM time slot.

Broadcasting 97 of the top 100 most-watched cable news telecasts this past quarter, FOX News continues to attract the most politically diverse audience in its peer group, watched by more democrats and independents than MSNBC and CNN in total day and primetime.

Meanwhile, our sustained and disciplined investment continue to drive subscriber growth and engagement at FOX Nation. The FOX Nation subscriber base has more than tripled in less than 18 months, driving engagement levels to new heights in each quarter. The average FOX News fans have clearly embraced the FOX Nation platform as demonstrated by its consistently high conversion rate of trialists to paid subscribers and retention rate well above industry averages.

Momentum also continued at FOX Weather, which benefited from expanded distribution on Roku, YouTube TV and Amazon resulting in sequential growth in total view time across each month of the quarter. At FOX Sports, the USFL is off to an encouraging start. Through its first three weeks, nearly 20 million people have watched the USFL on TV and games on FOX and NBC are averaging 1.5 million viewers. That compares favorably to well-established spring sports properties like the NHL, Formula One, the EPL and MLS; all properties, which either recently earned sizable rights increases or expected to do so soon.

We are clearly establishing that the USFL belongs in this competitive set, which is our primary goal in this first season. At the NFL, we are pleased to announce that we have reached agreement of carrying an incremental game this coming year on Christmas Day. As a reminder, last year's Christmas Day game on FOX delivered over EUR28 million. We look forward to the release of the full NFL schedule expected later this week. Elsewhere, our NASCAR season is off to a strong start. That were early the low teens gains we are seeing in viewership would represent one of the more meaningful single season improvements across the 22-year history of NASCAR on FOX. And, we couldn't be more excited about the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup on FOX Sports with the qualifications of the US Men' team and its blockbuster match against England on Friday, November 25. This match will contribute to an unprecedented Thanksgiving weekend of sports on FOX..

Bbook ended by the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry on Saturday. That's likely to add up to the most-watched NFL game of the regular season, the most-watched U.S. men' national soccer team match ever and the most-watched college football game in the season, all during the busiest consumer shopping weekend of the year. This speaks to the power of our platforms and the prudence of our strategy.

Of course, our linear businesses are complement by Tubi, where total view time increased 50%, propelled by record quarterly viewership. In fact, Tubi delivered 18 of its top 20 TVT days in its history this past quarter, a period where there is traditionally some soccer seasonality in the AVOD market. Meanwhile, Tubi expanded its industry leading library and now accounts for more than 42,000 titles in this portfolio. Importantly, Tubi also renewed key distribution deals, including its Amazon partnership and signed its first custom deal for Samsung Smart TV.

In the third quarter, we continue to invest in the future of Tubi, which we believe will be a strong growth engine for the company for years to come. We have also invested in FOX Weather, which is now available ubiquitously in every broadband home across the country and provides our clients with a new very broad advertising platform. And finally, FOX Nation goes from strength-to -strength as it builds upon the engagement between FOX News and our most ardent fans. These initiatives illustrate the entrepreneurial nature of FOX endowed with America's strongest media brands and most enviable balance sheet.

Before handing over to Steve, I'd just like to acknowledge the incredible bravery, sacrifice, and professionalism of the entire FOX News reporting team in covering the war in Ukraine. Journalism is rarely easy and often it is very hard. [Indecipherable] light on the horrors of this war and the resulting refugee and humanitarian crisis, it is born. It's probably the hardest assignment we can give. I am, we all are deeply grateful for the tremendous work and extraordinary journalism that Trey Yingst, Jennifer Griffin, Steve Harrigan, Jeff [Indecipherable], Ben Hall and many more excellent reporters have provided our audience.

Tragically, two of our journalists were killed in Kyiv and Ben Hall remains in treatment for his serious injuries. Our thoughts and the thoughts of the whole FOX family are with them and their families.

With that, I'll hand over to Steve.

Steve Tomsic
Chief Financial Officer at FOX

Thank you, Lachlan, and good morning everyone. Our third quarter results once again reflect the strength of our leadership brands and the continued growth of our digital businesses. We achieved total company revenue growth of 7% year-over-year, delivering top line growth across all of our operating segments for a fourth consecutive quarter. Total company affiliate revenues increased 5% despite the fact that only 5% of our total company distribution revenues have been up for renewal this fiscal year. Meanwhile, the rate of industry subscriber declines remained steady in the quarter with trailing 12- month sub losses running below 5%. Total company advertising revenues grew 9% as our leadership brands once again delivered premium pricing coupled with continued strong momentum in Tubi.

Quarterly adjusted EBITDA was $811 million, down 10% over the comparative period last year, as the revenue growth was more than offset by higher expenses. As we foreshadowed on prior calls, the increase in expenses, was mainly driven by the anticipated increase in digital investments, including FOX News Media and Tubi. Additionally, we saw higher programing rights amortization and production costs at FOX Sports and were impacted by an approximately $30 million write-down of certain scripted programing at FOX Entertainment.

Net income attributable to stockholders of $283 million or $0.50 per share compared to the $567 million or $0.96 per share we reported in the prior year quarter. As we've seen in recent quarters this below the line variance was primarily due to the change in fair value of the company's investment in Flutter, which we recognize in other net. Excluding this impact and other non-core items, adjusted EPS was $0.81 per share compared to last year's $0.88, primarily reflecting the movement in EBITDA.

Now, let's turn to our business segment results, starting with Cable Networks, which reported an 8% increase in revenues. The strong revenue delivery was underpinned by significant gains in cable advertising revenues, which grew 20% in the quarter. Notwithstanding slightly higher levels of pre-emptions associated with our breaking news coverage of the war in Ukraine, FOX News was the engine of this advertising revenue growth, with strong gains in both audience and pricing. Cable affiliate revenues increased 3% over the prior year period as a result of healthy pricing gains across all of our networks.

Cable other revenues increased 23% led by the timing of sports sub-licensing revenues, which were impacted by COVID last year, as well as continued subscription momentum at FOX Nation. This growth was partially offset by the disposition of our sports marketing businesses, which was sold in March of last year. EBITDA at our Cable segment increased by $14 million over the prior year period as these revenue increases were partially offset by higher expenses related to the digital investments of FOX News Media and the timing and programing amortization and production costs at the Cable sports networks following the COVID-related disruptions of the prior year.

Almost matching the strong revenue growth in Cable, our Television segment delivered a 7% increase in revenue. This was led by an 8% increase in television affiliate revenues over the prior year quarter, reflecting increases for both our direct retransmission revenues at our owned and operated stations and for our programing fees from non-owned station affiliates. This run rate orbit shows achievement of our target of $1 billion of incremental television affiliate revenue this calendar year that we announced at our Investor Day back in 2019.

Our Television segment also delivered 6% advertising revenue growth, reflecting strong linear pricing at the FOX Network and continued growth of Tubi, partially offset by lower impressions of FOX Entertainment.

At FOX Sports, the impact of the additional week to the NFL regular season was offset by the absence of the rotating NFL divisional playoff game this year. At the FOX Television Stations not with notwithstanding the ongoing supply chain related challenges to the auto category, we continue to grow advertising revenues supported by gains from our digital sales efforts and continued demand from the sports betting category.

Other revenues at our Television segment increased 17% primarily due to the impact of the acquisitions of MarVista Entertainment and TMZ and the consolidation of the stake in Studio Ramsay Global. Television EBITDA was lower by $100 million against the prior year period as this healthy revenue growth was more than offset by the planned digital investment at Tubi, higher sports programing amortization and production costs at FOX Sports and an approximately $30 million write-down of certain scripted programing at FOX Entertainment.

Turning now to cash flow, we generated strong free cash flow of $1.54 billion in the quarter, reflecting a normal seasonal cycle of collecting advertising revenues from a [Indecipherable] and the result of our sports rights payments being concentrated in the first half of the fiscal year.

Our share repurchases since the commencement of the quarter have totaled $300 million and fiscal year-to-date we have now returned over $1 billion of capital to shareholders. This is comprised of approximately $275 million in the form of our semi-annual dividend payments and a further $800 million in share buybacks. We remain committed to utilizing a full buyback authorization of $4 billion and have now cumulatively repurchased approximately $2.4 billion dollars, representing over 11% of that total shares outstanding since the launch of the buyback program in November 2019. We continue to maintain a very strong balance sheet and in the quarter with $4.6 million in cash and $7.2 million in debt. So as we look forward, the set up for fiscal 2023 remains incredibly strong, with the financial tailwinds from Super Bowl 57, the early exit of Thursday Night Football, November's midterm elections, and the start of our next major distribution renewal cycle.

So with that, I'll now turn the call back to Lachlan.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Thank you very much, Steve. As you know, usually after Steve's comments, we go straight to joe and answer the questions. But we have breaking news, which I am in the spirit of being always open and giving our investors and our shareholders the latest news on the company -- I'll go straight to this. I mean, literally, this is happening in real time. We are pleased to announce that immediately following his playing career whenever that may be, seven time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady, will be joining us at FOX Sports as our Lead Analyst. Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt, he will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives. We are delighted that Tom is committed to joining the FOX team and we wish him all the best during this upcoming season. I'm sure everyone joins me in warmly welcoming, Tom Brady, on board. Thank you very much. And with that, I'll hand over to Joe.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Thanks, Lachlan. And now we'd be happy to take questions from the investment community.


Questions and Answers

Operator

[Operator Instructions]. We have a question from the line of Ben Swinburne. Please go ahead.

Ben Swinburne
Analyst at Morgan Stanley

Well, I want to ask when Tom Brady is actually going to stop playing. But, I'll save that for an offline conversation. Congrats on that deal. I wanted to ask you guys about Tubi heading in the fiscal '23. Could you talk a little bit, Lachlan, about how you plan to position that business in the upfront to the extent you can share any goals in terms of how much of that business may actually be sold in the upfront and how are you guys thinking about investments relative to letting that business start to generate some profits next year as you continue to obviously see a lot of top line growth. Thanks.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Thank you very much, Ben. Look, I can tell you on the first part of your question that, like I said, we're incredibly excited to have Tom joining us. It's entirely up to him when he chooses to retire and move into his what will be an exciting and stellar Television career. But that's up to him to make that choice when he sees fit. In regards to Tubi and the upfronts and how that plays into sort of how we position the Tubi business going forward and when it returns to profitability? It's important to note that on Monday, when we are engaged in our upfront of presentations, we've already spent several weeks engaging with clients and advertisers on upfront negotiations and Tubi has been at the forefront of all of those conversations. I think our clients can see both the shift to AVOD and at the streaming advertising. At the same time, they see the strength where Tubi is positioned as a leader in that market. We're constantly -- it's on a regular sort of daily basis balancing carefully the ad load in Tubi and the fill rate of those advertising slots. And as you know, Tubi has incredibly intelligent ad tech that can do that dynamically viewer to viewer, customer to customer. We can dial that up or dial it down really as we see fit, but we think it's important this early lifecycle of Advertising Video on Demand services maintain the highest sort of quality viewer experience and kind of consumer experience on the service. So we're pleased with where that is. But, really it would be up to us to be able to increase that ad load and drive revenue and bring it back to profitability, which as you know, Tubi has been profitable in past quarters. But as of today, the right strategy and the right way forward is to continue to carefully and deliberately invest in the growth of Tubi, which we think is going to really be leader in Advertising Video on Demand, certainly in this country.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Operator, we can go to the next question.

Operator

We have a question from Jessica Reif Ehrlich with Bank of America. Please go ahead.

Jessica Reif Ehrlich
Analyst at BofA Securities

Thank you. Tying to think of how I make this one question. And so your two key drivers are obviously advertising and distribution revenue. And in the advertising, you are incredibly well-positioned going into the upfront given as you highlighted your incredible array of Marquee Sports. You also have USFL coming in and news couldn't be more dominant. So, just can you give us color on expectations for -- your positioning is great, but expectations for your performance in the upfront market and the health of the overall industry? And on the pay-TV side, while you're -- again performance in news and other areas has been very strong. Pay-TV market has been shrinking. Could you seem pretty confident about the affiliate renewal cycles coming up? So can you give us color on that and how you offset the shrinking universe.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Sure. Thank you, Jessica. I'm not sure if that was two questions or seven, but always good questions. So, thank you very much. On the outlook, I think I remember the advertise -- so to answer most of them as I go through this answer. But, look for me, advertising perspective and particularly heading into this upfront negotiations -- we're already in the upfront season, but as we get to the point end of that season, we're seeing really solid demand across our businesses, in pricing. Entertainment is seeing pricing in the sort of high single digit -- mid to high single digit sort of range above last year. But in Sports News, as you said, we are very well positioned. We're seeing sort of pricing in sort of mid-double digits -- so sort of the mid to high teens pricing increases driven by demand across some live sports and live news. So as we -- that gives us a great deal of confidence as we move into these upfront negotiations. You add to that, obviously the inclusion of Tubi with 50% growth in TVT time and engagement. It's a really strong position to be in.

Our sports properties are driving and there are must have sports. Some tent poles this year are really driving a lot of interest from our clients. If I could give one word of advice which I would do -- but if I gave one word of advice to our clients and advertising partners, it's getting early because some of these key events are selling extremely well already. So, we fully expect to see sort of continued advertising strength, that's without even talking about the mid-term election cycle, which by all estimates will be a record mid-term cycle for us. We keep a close eye on the races in all of our markets and it's pretty amazing to see where we have not only tight races, but also contested primaries, pretty much across the majority of our owned stations. So we think the coming midterm elections will really be an advertising boon for us as well. Now moving on to pay-TV pricing, frankly from both an advertising point of view, which is incredibly strong with the strength of FOX News and I just spoke about a little bit in my earlier statements -- the strength of FOX News, but also the strength of FOX News and the station group from a retransmission and distribution revenue point of view. It really has never been stronger. FOX News is effectively competing with the free-to-air broadcasters. In terms of audiences, it's actually usually beating -- many nights of the week, it sort of beating broadcast networks and we expect our pricing power to continue to strengthen with performance like that. So yeah, I think I answered most of it, if not all, your questions, Jessica. But in short, both from an advertising perspective and from a television distribution and retransmission revenue perspective, we think we're well-positioned, particularly in a year or cycle where we're coming up to I think over the next two years, two thirds of our distribution revenue coming up for renewals.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Operator, you can go to the next question.

Operator

We have a question from Robert Fishman of MoffettNathanson. Please go ahead.

Robert Fishman
Analyst at MoffettNathanson

Good morning. A question on Television profitability. Given the $30 million write-down of the scripted programing at FOX Entertainment in the quarter and as we get closer to fiscal '23 when Thursday Night Football losses go away, can you just help frame the other swing factors that could impact a big increase in television EBITDA next year? Maybe any early look into incremental digital investments and how you're thinking about the general entertainment programing spend help fill that Thursday Night programming gap? Thank you.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

So, hey, Robert, how are you? One of the pieces of work that the entertainment network has sort of undertook over the last-- I'd say over the last year but it's earlier than that -- is really the ability to kind of transform that business to where it can tightly control its programming costs in a way that really hasn't at a level that it really hasn't been achievable before. This goes to the acquisition a few years ago of Bento Box so we can control more of our animation costs. It goes to the acquisition of TMZ so we can really control sort of high-quality factual content and special that we put on the network and other things such as MarVista, although MarVista was focused a bit more on Tubi. So the work in the background of being able to own and control-- I should also mention by the way -- I apologize for not-- very importantly the joint venture with Gordon Ramsay in Gordon Ramsay productions. That's incredibly exciting. Gordon's been a key partner of ours for many, many years and his plans for the growth of that business, not just in the U.S., but what we can do with the Gordon Ramsay's IP around the world is really exciting to see. So, we have high expectations for him for that partnership. So all of that really feeds into the Networks' ability to control its programing across multiple nights. As you know, the FOX Network is only two hours a night in primetime and so it's an easier volume of hours to digest and to program towards -- and what was the last part of the question? [Speech Overlap]. Yeah so Robert, just in terms of the swing factors. Listen, there's a ton of tailwind behind the TV segment going into next year. So, you called out Thursday Night football dropping off. So that I think was said in the past that releases around 350 to 400 to the bottom line for us net-net-net. But then you've got all the other things that play into next year for our sales, Super Bowl, Political and you've got the FIFA World Cup and then you've got Tubi with the momentum that's showing top line. So, we couldn't be better positioned for fiscal '23 from a Television segment perspective.

Robert Fishman
Analyst at MoffettNathanson

You can say more pleased. He is very careful. Thank you.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Operator, we can go to the next question.

Operator

We have a question from Doug Mitchelson of Credit Suisse. Please go ahead.

Doug Mitchelson
Analyst at Credit Suisse Group

Hi, Lachlan and team. Thank you for taking question. Should investors expect fiscal '23 to see operating leverage against your digital investments, revenue growing faster than opex with those and like, but I'm not sure if you're prepared to give any sort of update on ambitions for Tubi, but it's been growing rapidly. You're investing a lot in it. And Fox has been kind of the interesting investment in that not making a stronger pivot to streaming like some of your peers, but yet Tubi is an interesting investment opportunity that impacting margins this year. So just kind of understand where you think that asset could go and what the investment cycle looks like would be helpful, I think. Thanks so much.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Thank you very much, Doug. So we see the level of investment this year in our digital properties and that's Tubi, but it also includes some FOX Weather and FOX Nation and some other smaller elements. We see the current level of investment as the appropriate level going forward. So that's in that and we've guided the market between $200 million and $300 million that we're putting back into investing -- into growing those businesses. We would not expect any significant kind of level above that on sort of our current plans. And we think that level is the right amount, particularly with an asset like Tubi, that there really is going to be the future of how people watch television in this country. We think when you look at Tubi, it is interesting -- I looked this up the other day, but [Indecipherable] had really begun Tubi, the early version of what ultimately became Tubi with a ad tech business over 11 or 12 years ago and that ultimately evolved into Tubi as he understood the value of taking his our intelligent ad tech business and actually our licensing programing along with that to monetize that program most efficiently. And as I said before, it's great to have the Tubi team at the company really focused on the technology side of this business and understand how they drive engagement and drive viewing, which is very different from what an older sort of media model or [Indecipherable] would be. So because of that -- because of the long track record --the lead time they have the fact that they are -- they've been doing this a long time, we think it's really poised to continue to win in the market and that level of investments is the right level to help it achieve them.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

Operator, we have time for one more question.

Operator

Our last question will come from the line of Steven Cahall with Wells Fargo. Please go ahead.

Steven Cahall
Analyst at Wells Fargo & Company

Yeah, thanks very much. Good morning. Maybe first, I'm sorry if I missed this, but I think you may be indicated that you could be at an end of arbitration by June, so I just wanted to see if that timing is still correct and would love to know if you have any metrics to update us on for FOX Bet and how that's continued to grow and how you kind of feel about the relationship with Flutter and some of your strategic opportunities there and then also as we think about long-term sports rights, you've got a lot of rights, especially digital rights. Do you see those as largely staying inside the linear ecosystem or do you think there is an opportunity to sub-license some of those to some of your peers who are spending a lot on their a-la-carte streaming products. Thank you.

Lachlan K. Murdoch
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. at FOX

Thanks. Thanks very much. Steven. So in terms of our sports wagering strategy and business, we remain in arbitration and we expect in the summer that arbitration to be resolved, if not sooner. And there is not much more we can say about it but it's been, as you know along and sometimes arduous process, but the most important thing to to remember I suppose is the value of the business that we've created and the value of that sort of top of the funnel with FOX Bet Super 6 in particular, a free game with 6.6 million I believe now and we're in traditionally a quiet period for our sports rate, particularly around, obviously, with no football. And so the FOX Bet Super 6 is continuing to do incredibly well and continues to be able to drive wagering customers into paying games. So we're incredibly pleased with how we've delivered operationally on our side of the partnership. So we look forward to the end of arbitration and moving forward with our wagering strategy. In terms of sports rights and whether we would -- whether they remain on linear - our owned sort of linear platforms, absolutely. We think that our key rights deserve the right -- the ability to stay on our broadcast and cable networks exclusively. This is very important to us. It both gives our league, our partners, the most breadth and reach that they can achieve in viewership for their fans. But also it's really key to our distribution strategy. It's how we will deliver industry-leading our distribution, revenue gains by keeping the highest quality exclusive content within our platforms as I said exclusively and sub-licensing those to others sort of put behind a struggling paywall would not be the right strategy.

Joe Dorrego
Chief Investor Relations Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Initiatives at FOX

At this point, we are out of time, but if you have any further questions, please give me or Dan Carey a call. Thank you once again for joining today's call.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks].

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