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Fox News adopts Windows 8 and huge 55-inch touchscreen computers that dwarf humans

Fox News, the top-rated cable news channel here in the US, has recently embraced the future through their re-worked News Deck headed by Shepard Smith. The studio re-launch took a month to complete and with it, brought some massive new changes. Literally.

Found throughout the studio are BATS (big area touchscreens), which in reality are 55-inch computers running Windows 8.  It’s so audacious that when Sam shared a picture of it this morning, I seriously thought it was a Photoshop job. But nope, they are real and they are being used by staff to monitor news, Twitter and various feeds for the latest information.

There’s also a 38-foot video wall that surrounds the studio, which isn’t too shabby either, and the whole studio looks like something out of Star Trek.

Fox News has evidently created some of their own custom apps for Windows 8 to manage those Twitter and incoming News feeds. Too bad we can’t get them leaked as then we can all play news reporter from our homes! No word on what exactly powers the hardware or the display resolution, though some information will probably come forward eventually.

You can see it all in action in the video tour above.

Imagine operating Windows 8 from a 55-inch “tablet” just a few feet from your face? It seems kind of crazy to us, but kudos to Fox News for pushing the boundaries. Incidently, we played with a similar setup back at CES last January: "The world’s most badass Windows 8 computer"

Fox News has always seemed to be a fan of Microsoft as they were one of the first news channels to offer a Windows Phone app, one that has continually been developed through WIndows Phone 8.

Source:  TVNewser; Thanks, Patrick S., for the tip



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Remember, we're talking about computers here, not Fox nice!

Damn, there went all my comments:P

Lol, i just wanted to start.
But seriously, those touchscreens look grotesque. If a thing looks so weird it has no future.

DalekSnare says:

Have you played a science fiction game or seen a sci-fi movie? These puppies are exactly what the future is supposed to have.

drozdpat says:

This is my vision of what a MS world would look like. Bring back Nokia!

Yeah but they should have just made a deal with Apple for extra large ipads

Rockartisten says:

Hahaha... Yeah, we all know how flexible and powerful IOS is. :)

whats wrong with them using microsoft products. may be that works for them

They need to do work so Microsoft is the right tool. If they are paid to play Angry Birds then large iPad will do.

blackprince says:

Well there goes my comment, thanks Daniel.

They are going nuts today with deleting comments. First AT&T 920 GDR2 update and then this. Damn Republicans!!!! :P

dgrosso says:

I like Fox News. CNN too. Whats the problem that you have to make a statement like that? That's weird. Bad ass studio set up.

You must be new here...and by here I mean the Internet, lol

frett says:

K that was just funny

ambroShuS says:


JamesDax3 says:

You like fox news? smdh

4Tiles says:

I like Fox News and CNN too. BTW, CNN was first to use these Perceptive Pixel computers before Microsoft bought the company. I love that both networks are using all of this technology.

Oh and it does look like the deck of the USS Enterprise. I fully expect Shepard Smith to blast off into space on a future broadcast.

John20212 says:

Sure, but really "top-rated cable news channel" you are just asking for backlash Daniel.

NIST says:

Damn, the only bad comment I had was about FOX "news".

Marco Enxuto says:

I dont get it. Whats the problem with Fox News? :/

Well, for the sake of avoiding that which Daniel was alluding to, ill try to be entirely objective in explaining. Fox News is one of many cable news networks in the U.S. Some would argue that while most news networks are overwhelmingly liberal in their slant, Fox News is an attempt to provide news with a conservative slant. Fox News tends to take a lot of backlash online on certain websites, especially tech websites, which may or may not be related to these websites being aimed at tech-savvy users, who also tend to be more educated than the average person. Studies show that with high education levels, people tend to lean more towards the liberal point of view, which could explain why Fox News is slammed so often on these sites.

NIST says:

If Rush limbaugh had a "news" station, this would be it.

If Rupert Murdoch had a "news" station... Oh wait.

Unfortunately, you've grossly oversimplified the matter.
Liberals tend to be more educated at the upper most levels, and less educated at the lowermost.  I'm well educated (BSEE, MBA, MHA) but consider myself a conservative because I tend to put fiscal policy ahead of social policy (I'm socially liberal). I think the mistake that people make on both sides is the mistake that you've just made - trying to apply a term to a group as if the group is, somehow, homogeneous in its beliefs.  Similarly, I'm a fan of Microsoft products because they offer me a solution, not for all areas, but for those areas I find most important to me.  I'm very comfortable praising Android and Apple for things they got right, and don't dislike fans of either ecosystem, even though they're clearly wrong about everything ;-). 

jsnod25 says:

Thank you Gary... I consider myself in the top 10% of educated persons, yet I lean more towards the conservative side.

I believe Winston Churchill said it best, "if your 20 and not a liberal, you have no heart. If your 30 and not a conservative, you have no brain."

I'm a healthy mix, but as I said, I lean towards the conservative, and can appreciate the views fox brings to the table, that the rest tend to plainly ignore. If I were to classify myself politically, it would be mostly libertarian.

languedoctor says:

The problem with Fox is not that it is conservative. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely that, but I'd argue it's less concervative than MSNBC is liberal.
No, the problem is that it's insultingly crass. Nobody, and I mean nobody, brings the derp like Fox. It's actually a pretty good antidote for being an intellectual conservative. If I ever want to induce a crisis of personal beliefs, there's no more effective trigger than a few minutes of Fox.

mythos13 says:

"most news networiks are overwhelmingly liberal". Wow, I wonder how you would characterize the CBC then lol.
And Fox news "a conservative slant". "slant!" That is one wicked slant.

mjrtoo says:

Well that's a load of crap...

kjordan_29 says:

“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

jsnod25 says:

I believe there is a passage in proverbs that mirrors that statement quite well.

fatclue_98 says:

Nice Samuel Clemens quote there.

People are afraid of the truth

I'm more afraid of people who believe there is a truth ;)

Nah, I'm harmless.

You mean to say, that the truth isn't out there?

marantaz says:

So you're saying the truth is arguable? That explains a lot about the left...

spaulagain says:

But they are top-rated. They are the highest rated cable news channel. He wasn't insinuating anything other than fact.

This studio set up looks pretty sweet. Curious to how their staff likes it.

mythos13 says:

There is a big difference between "top rated" and station with the highest ratings (mostly because there is only major one station for the far right).

ymcpa says:

It's factually correct. The fox news channel has the highest rating of all the news channels. That's why people who disagree with the political commentary on the channel hate it so much. If fox had the rating of MSNBC, no one would care enough about it to hate it.

MA83 says:

It's actually the highest rated CABLE news network. Not the highest rated network. More people still watch their local news networks than Foxnews by far.

Well it is the top rated cable news channel

MikadoWu says:

Foxs News just went from Cool, to Freaking AWESOME.  That room is rocking it.

fpostrow says:

that is an awesome setup. It will be great to see it in action and Shep is absolutely right. The other networks have some catching up to do.

cowboy6201 says:

I seen the 55 inch touch on my local fox news at night that's crazy and I thought the Acer 27" touch screen was big I take it back WOW that's all I can say.

TechFreak1 says:

If you thought 55inch was big, your sadly mistaken you want this beast of a tv (80 inch) with touch instead lol.

DaveGx says:

Holy cow, those are huge. I want one

DaveGx says:

I saw this on the verge, and you can only imagine how the comments went. Its like the Huffington Post over there, a cesspool of 99% liberalism, that includes the writers of the site

JC Jean says:

Since Fox News is the number one offender on fact checker websites, can you blame them?Why can't there be a high rated conservative news network that doesn't twist the truth for their wn gain? Lord knows the democrats screw up enough where it isn't necessary. And they are also the most  negative news organization that I have ever seen which fosters anger....anger sells.

koenshaku says:

haha I was just getting scrolling down to flame fox news hehe. Well back to surfing ^^

chad08er says:

MSNBC and FOX news no thanks.

OMG55 says:

Some of you people are so shallow; all that matters here is that they've invested in windows 8. The more people that adopt it, the more developers will pay attention!

piaqt says:

BATS are the onair staff at Fox, not the computer screens. And that is playing nice.

bpmurr says:

Hope you say the same thing Daniel for CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN!

erzhik says:

Mr Chekov, get ready for warp.

In Limbo says:

Witter, Witter . . .

mmar1974 says:

LOL... I got this...

Shut up! You don't eat anything! You eat like a bean then you're done!

Chef316 says:'s...Wicter Wictor two...

In Limbo says:

Nerd!!! Lolol! ;)

Chef316 says:

And proud of it! Lol StarTrek all the way!'s better than star wars!

In Limbo says:

You'd better watch out. Us Star whores are very sensitive to that kind of talk, lol.

Star Wars is good before you are 10. After that, if you want to stay in nerdland you gotta go with Start Trek. Star Wars is for kids.

clappenings says:

Shepard Smith should get a captains chair. And get JJ Abrams to direct the show

stui83 says:

Collective narcissism in the context of 'values' is an oversimplification of our unique beliefs.

Zarnywoop says:

...I thought it was kirk and spock at 0.42s ;gold and blue

Now they can fit more BS on the screen!

edoug says:

Apparently not, look at the lousy screen resolution! Unless they just have it dialed down I think I see more on my 12" screen than they have on their 55's!

yehuda92 says:

Yeah... "BATS" stands for Big "Area" Touchscreens .... Sure...

procen says:

55 inch touch screen computers. I want one!

mrCh3p3 says:

I think it is a pretty cool concept! I like it.

But really, who thinks they are called Big Area Touchscreens?

They were definitely conceived as "Big Ass Touchscreens" but I think Fox toned it down, lol

DJCBS says:

Well, it's Fox. You expect it to be Family Friendly ;P

Also...they're already running W8.1 I guess? Since they get completely white backgrounds.

They better, so they can have more than 2 apps open at once. Only having 2 apps open on a 55 inch screen would suck.

drozdpat says:

You mean work! C'mon it Ms.(spell check proof positive).

Alex Dean says:

I think its regular W8, since all the non-Modern UI apps are all the same colour on the start screen

Joel S79 says:

The makers of Big Ass Fans would probably sue.

dakranii says:

Hey, I saw those in Ikea and was surprised by the name. They are big though.

blackhawk556 says:

For a second I thought it meant, "Big Ass Titties"

Republicans (FOX) vs Democrats (MSNBC)..........3...2...1...... GO!

schlubadub says:

I'm Australian so I don't watch either of them :P

+1 communist party

schlubadub says:

That doesn't make any sense at all

stui83 says:

Yeah wtf, me too. Nice set up though, good advertising.

John20212 says:

Neither, whatever happened to unbiased news reporting. Maybe HBO should make a real newsnight program in the spirit of their The Newsroom TV series.

Josh Harman says:

Yeah, because that show is unbiased. *rolls eyes*
HBO is as liberal as MSNBC.

DJCBS says:

Do you hear the crickets sing? That's the sound of the rest of the World not caring lol

(However, even though I'm European...FOX! Politics aside, without Fox we wouldn't get awesome series and comedy. Not to mention Jon Stewart wouldn't have source material for the Daily Show nor Seth McFarlane to his comedy) 

ade333 says:

DJ, don't mix up Fox News and Fox. While they are the same company, Fox News literally "reports" stories that The Onion posts. And its not because they don't know, its because they look for any reason they can to promote things that are anti-Democrat. If you have a brain, you despise Fox news. They promote blind faith and insist upon themselves.

schlubadub says:

Non-Americans don't watch or care about FOX News

cjarnola says:

Wow, you sound completely unbiased. Thank you for the enlighted truth./s

cjarnola says:

Are you really daft enough to believe these surveys built to target groups? So, you must beleive in all the polls of Obama voters at Those surveys were used to position Dems as idiots who get their political info from SNL and the Daily Show. Don't be clueless like the vast majority of both Liberal and Conservative voters. I'm fiercely independent which is becoming easier and easier these days when both sides are spewing such bigotted attacks like you.
I don't care about your hate for anything or anybody different than yourself. I just wish that we could look at a story like this and be objectively excited about the cool tech. So let's all just try to be civil and objective.

XeroJC2000 says:

I have a brain and watch both Fox and CNN because the truth is somewhere in the middle of those news reports. I cannot stand people who have to make it out like there isn't anything of value in news reporting from one or the other. As far as the setup goes, it looks like a lot of fun can I be a source producers so I can sit behind the 55' computer screen.

drozdpat says:

Its not because you can grope yourself while watching woman denigrate other successful, independent, woman!

DJCBS says:

I know Fox News operates a bit differently from Fox. I've heard Seth McFarlane talk about that. HOWEVER, from my European perspective, believe me, Fox is NOT as evil as you paint it.
The thing is, while in Europe news reporters aren't supposed to have political inclinations, in the US news channels are openly politic.
If you're a democrat, of course you'll despise the Republican side of the news. If you're a Republican, of course you'll despise the Democrat-connected channels.

For me...I don't care. As I'm not American, it's not a war that I care about. =P

(Although IF I were American, I would most probably vote Republican...however, I'm European. And Monarchic. So...there you have it LOL)

blackhawk556 says:

^^^^^^ @ade333 That is one of the stupidest comments of the day. ^^^^^

ade333 says:

Don't be mad at me for forcing an education down your throat. Faux News will report anything:

ymcpa says:

Are you referring to the news side of Fox News or the political commentary side (O'reily, Hannity, etc)? I find the news side pretty much reports the same news as every one else. It all comes from AP anyways. They might slant the stories to the right a little, while the other news channels slant them to the left a bit. The political commentary shows are completely different. They are not news. They are opinion shows with some news in them.

dalydose says:

Dumbest post ever. Off topic. Partisan cult influenced. Drivel. Can't we talk about tech and keep the playground style politics to ourselves. Ugh.

fpostrow says:

YMCPA Your comment is factually false. Spew your bias elsewhere, especially given Daniels specific req. Can't read eh?

schlubadub says:

+1 and The Simpsons :)

willboyce says:

I think its cool

mrdeezus says:

It looks awesome but other than the video, wont watch them in action. Happy for w8 though.

erzhik says:

So how I do double tap something on that screen? Do I just hit it with my fist?

xankazo says:

You just bump it with your chest. Its the only way actually.

That is...kindof cool. Really bizarre, but unique for sure. I want my house to have these.

ryzama says:

Wait, you mean IPADs didn't cut it, they needed a real operating system? Go Windows 8!

In Limbo says:

Finally, I have more use for my "third arm"!!!

1101x10 says:

They don't give you much privacy.

schlubadub says:

They're at work with the screens facing a TV camera... I think privacy isn't a concern for them as it's part of the "show"

schlubadub says:

haha at least he had good taste looking at Miranda Kerr ;) Let's see that on a 55" screen! :D

erzhik says:

"journalists" don't know the definition of privacy.

ymcpa says:

These are work computers. There is no privacy. Use work computers for personal purposes at your own peril.

walter1832 says:

Who are you? My IT guy?

liquidgore says:

All news channels are absurd, but out of the big 3 Fox has the least amount of douche-weasels. On topic......DEM MONITORS!

Watching the video....yeah, this is awesome. The stills did not do it justice.

drozdpat says:

Yeah, in the stills you can barely see the stilts!

Star Trek called... they want their props back.   I wonder how many weeks till someone pulls up some porn somwhere... 
EDIT:  I get what they're aiming at, but it looks kinda stupid, and rather uncomfortable.  Trying to type tweets or whatever without a handrest is going to get painful fast. 

Nik Rolls says:

From my experience, the onscreen keyboard scales according to the screen's DPI.

RyanAMG says:

Look at the video they have keyboards :)

Thank god they are not using surface.I'd cancel my order immediately.

rreszler says:

There lies the problem with humanity, Fox News is the highest rated, lol!

schlubadub says:

*with Americans, in the US. They're all largely irrelevant in the rest of the world

marantaz says:

As in owned by the same guy...largest in the world, I think...

schlubadub says:

I'm Australian, so I don't watch UK news. It's either SBS or ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) news. Both are largely politically unbiased / neutral.

+1 communist party

schlubadub says:

What the hell is wrong with you? It's like you saying "I'm American" and me replying "+1 Nazi party". It doesn't make the slightest sense at all.

I've always had a soft spot for "auntie", but unbiased ?

schlubadub says:

As unbiased as you can get... typically present quite balanced news reports. I don't even bother with Channel 7, 9 or 10 news although 10 is slightly more tolerable.

ymcpa says:

That's because the liberal opinion shows are unwatchable. Those guys take themselves too seriously and are always angry.

kjordan_29 says:

Lol.  Good luck in life.

Zulfigar says:

So... What does the Fox say?

Ringa dinga ding ding dingy ding ding

dakranii says:

Pow pow pow pow pow pow pow

Ha tee ha tee ha tee ho. Ha tee ha tee ha tee ho.

Ekon says:


doomtuba says:

Thanks for concentrating on the technology and not making it political.

Thank god they didn't make it political like the dems would if they ran WP Central

DaveGx says:

Yeah, look at the verge. They added "culture" to their site, just so they could get political. And as expected, they're as liberal as MSNBC.

kullkid92x says:

Very, Very Coooool.

Microsoft should be padding themselves on the back. Finally a company that appreciates the flexibility of windows 8 after all the media tried to bring the OS down.

What other OS can offer you apps and the backend that is the Windows desktop. With a swipe those journalist can get from their home made Twitter app from the Store and another swipe they can open up any video/image uploader or share through skydrive or this or that, ok you get my point lol

All these services and software Microsoft provides can really open up that 'Star Trek' feel, I am surprised they didn't bring in Kinect to control that badass 38 foot video wall lol oh well this is just V1 for Fox, perhaps when Kinect for Windows SDK flourishes a bit more :)

schlubadub says:

*patting, not padding :)

dakranii says:

>:-0, not :) ;)

rex.reyesiii says:

Yeh! Kinect and some Holograms e.g. Minority Report.

There would be strange scenes from the background though, as if people are Miming :)

WhyFiNYC says:

Absolutely ridiculous gimmick.

drozdpat says:

Tom Cruise wants his joke back!

R0bR says:

With all the iPad success and apparent "coolness" of Apple hardware, nobody has taken anything to this extreme. Big thumbs up for Microsoft!

lubbalots says:

Soon, the iPad will be just a niche device. Nothing more.

wtolbert says:

"BATS"; Where can I get one.

RyanAMG says:

Does it come in gold? :P

drozdpat says:

It won't matter, you'll still look like knats!

zeronoise says:

But but but windows 8 is counter productive and can't be used in a work environment. It destroys workflow and should never have existed. Enterprise will never adapt it and it will be known as the worst os in history.


MA83 says:

^^^LOL!!! Best post in the thread! My company will start the transition next year probably.

Looks like a Surface for nearly blind People.

lubbalots says:

Who gives a fuck! I wouldn't mind getting one of those big ones. All that matters is they adopted w8 and that's plain awesome!

OMGbrandon says:

Perceptive pixels screens!!! Woooo

sicnus says:


lubbalots says:

We all know fox news. It doesn't matter their rep. What matters in the this article though is the technology their using- w8!!!

And the dems use mac

lubbalots says:

They can use any shit they want.

marantaz says:

You can't handle the truth.

lubbalots says:

Who's telling the truth?

lubbalots says:

It does, especially when both parties have equal corruption. That's the truth.

marantaz says:

No argument from me on that!

marantaz says:

Daniel did, and sicnus couldn't handle it.

DaveGx says:

Is that because the other words were too big for you?

marantaz says:

You talking to me, Dave? If so, why you insulting me for agreeing that both parties are corrupt? Are you so enthralled with your party that the mere mention of it's faults gets you riled. Well, that's sad.

Dave is a member of both parties

bguy_1986 says:

numbers don't lie...

lubbalots says:

Windows 8 is only the beginning of the future.

drozdpat says:

Yeah, I heard their NASA's first choice for the first manned mission to mars!

ebradley says:

Not Chrome either.

toph36 says:

Seems a little much, but I am looking forward to seeing them in action! Might have to take a walk by the studio for a peak in...

msualum says:

I think it's great. I question their bias - but love the tech. Honestly it should be noted these aren't android OS hybrid devices, they are not OSX, they are not IOS. I guess MS isn't completely dead. Fly's in the face of the Apple, Google bias found on CNBC.

tjoyce says:

That looks like Bing news in that photo

klose91 says:

Wow, these big touchscreens... I wish I had one of these, even if I don't know where I should place it, because of its size. ^^ But really cool that they're using Windows 8 which is really the best Windows ever made. ^^

BATS - Big Ass Touch Screen.

marantaz says:

I want one of those! Let me think...yeah by 2030, if any of us are still alive, and Bob Geldof is wrong, I might be able to get one of these used at a yard sale. I'm gonna stake out a spot at Sheps home and hope he doesn't run me down.

fpostrow says:

That's awesome. Great application of technology and a great win for Win8!

cannon#WP says:

Am I the only one who would rather see the BATS acronym be "big ASS touch screens"?

Nik Rolls says:

Only you and everyone else who said it above ;-)

jlzimmerman says:

Geez.  I knew I couldn't make it though the comments without seeing some folks cry.  Pull up your big boy pants.  Like Fox is the only bias news network on TV.

Am I really the only one who thinks that these little humans look more than weird working on those monstrous screens? I very much doubt that it is a good working environment.
But hey, you wp-boys will tell me the opposite.

cj-m says:

It looks like a bunch of  oompa loompas playing with Windows 8 tablets