PHILADELPHIA & LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast and FX Networks will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring commercial-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series and every season of many current and legacy library titles of FX originals, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Video and Entertainment Services, Comcast Cable.
FX+ will launch on September 5th and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per month. In addition to offering complete in-season stacking rights to all of its current original series commercial free, FX Networks is now the first ad-supported cable portfolio to offer all seasons of the majority of its original series library, including award-winning and acclaimed hits such as American Horror Story, Damages, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Legion, Louie, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, The Shield, Sons of Anarchy and Terriers. FX+ will feature more than 1100 episodes of award-winning and acclaimed original programs spanning the past 15 years. Due to the number of episodes in the FX Networks library, the shows will be rolled out over a period of time and it is expected that the complete FX+ roster will be available in 2018. FX+ subscribers will be able to access the FX+ content via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNOW. In the future, FX+ will also offer select series in 4K as well as temporary downloads of current season episodes.
“This is an exciting day for FX Networks, because it represents the next step in building a consumer experience as good as our original programming brand,” said Landgraf. “We have been diligent about recapturing the in-season stacking rights for all current original programming and recapturing the rights to all seasons of a large portion of our legacy of great original series. Since changing the course of basic cable TV with The Shield, over the past 15 years FX amassed a roster of dramas, comedies and limited series that is unequalled in ad-supported television – and in quality and breadth has few rivals anywhere. This initiative represents the first of its kind for an ad-supported cable network, and begins to put us on equal footing with premium networks and streaming services. We appreciate our partnership with Matt Strauss and everyone at Comcast who had the vision to support the creation and launch of FX+, which adds significant value for Comcast and its subscribers.”
Over the past three years, FX Networks has won more Emmy® Awards than Netflix and Amazon combined. In 2016, FX set a basic cable record with 56 Emmy nominations and it won 18 Emmy Awards, which was second only to HBO (22) and double the total of Netflix. This year FX won more Golden Globe® Awards than any network including HBO. Since 2014, FX has earned 196 Emmy nominations and won 34 Emmys.
“FX has built a brand known for high-quality, award-winning original content and we are pleased to partner with John Landgraf and the team at FX to offer premium experiences like FX+ to Xfinity TV customers, and explore what it means to be a network in the future,” said Strauss. “Our innovative platforms and technology enable us to collaborate with our partners to experiment with new ways to super-serve our customers, provide them with more choice and access to new content and experiences, and continue to add value to the Xfinity TV subscription.”
FX+ is an upgrade option for Xfinity TV customers to add to their existing FX subscriptions. Xfinity TV customers can upgrade to FX+ via their Xfinity set-top boxes, xfinitytv.com or by calling 1-800-Xfinity.
Listed below are the series that will be available to FX+ subscribers on demand and commercial-free (*denotes continuing series, and the number of seasons and episodes are included in parenthesis):
American Horror Story* (6/73)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (12/133)*
The League (7/84)
Lights Out (1/13)
Over There (1/13)
Rescue Me (7/93)
The Riches (2/20)
The Shield (7/88)
Sons of Anarchy (7/92)
The Americans* American Crime Story*
American Horror Story*
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia*
Untitled Marvel’s Deadpool Animated Series (2018)
You’re the Worst*
About FX Networks
FX Networks is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of the Fox Networks Group (FNG), was launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 90 million homes. The diverse schedule features critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series including The Americans, The Strain, Taboo, Legion and Snowfall; critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit limited series including American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story, FEUD and the upcoming Trust; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy® Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in 85 million homes. Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the Emmy® Award winning comedy series Archer, You’re the Worst and the upcoming untitled Marvel’s Deadpool animated comedy series. FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history. FXM was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 56 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.
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