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Comcast, FX Launch New Service With Ad-Free Programming

7 Aug, 2017 By: Stephanie Prange



Comcast and FX Networks have announced the launch of 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.

FX+ will launch on Sept. 5, 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, according to a press release from the companies. That includes 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 1,100 episodes of programs spanning the past 15 years, rolled out over a period of time. The companies expect the complete FX+ roster will be available in 2018, according to the press release.

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,” John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “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.”

“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 Matt Strauss, EVP and GM of video and entertainment services for Comcast Cable. “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):

ALL SEASONS
American Horror Story* (6/73)
Damages (5/59)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (12/133)*
The League (7/84)
Legit (2/26)
Lights Out (1/13)
Louie (5/61)
Nip/Tuck (7/100)
Over There (1/13)
Rescue Me (7/93)
The Riches (2/20)
The Shield (7/88)
Sons of Anarchy (7/92)
Terriers (1/13)
Thief (1/6)
Wilfred (4/49)
CURRENT SEASON
The Americans* American Crime Story*
American Horror Story*
Archer*
Atlanta*
Baskets*
Better Things*
Fargo*
Feud*
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia*
Legion*
Snowfall*
The Strain
Taboo*
Trust (2018)
Untitled Marvel’s Deadpool Animated Series (2018)
You’re the Worst*
 


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