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FXX
This article is about the television network. For the Ferrari race car, see Ferrari FXX.
FXX
FXX Logo.svg
LaunchedSeptember 2, 2013 (2013-09-02)
NetworkFX Networks
Owned byFox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
(FX Networks, LLC)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
SloganFearless
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
ReplacedFox Soccer
Sister channel(s)FX
FX Movie Channel
Fox
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Networks
Websitewww.fxx.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV259 (HD/SD)
Dish Network240 (HD/SD)
Cable
Is available on select cable systemsCheck local listings
Verizon FiOS691 (HD)
191 (SD)
ComcastVaries by market
IPTV
AT&T U-verse128 (SD)
1128 (HD)

FXX is an American digital cable and satellite television channel owned and operated by the Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.[1] Aimed at young men in the 18–34 age range, the channel's programming focuses on original and acquired comedy series, some dramatic programs, and feature films. FXX launched at 7:00 a.m. Eastern/6:00 a.m. Central on September 2, 2013, replacing Fox Soccer.[2]

History

Development

In January 2013, it was reported by various media outlets that sports-focused channel Fox Soccer would be shut down and be replaced with a general entertainment network that would act as a brother service to FX.[3] The decision appeared to stem from Fox Sports' loss of U.S. television rights to English Premier League soccer matches, rights it shared with ESPN; NBC Sports had secured U.S. rights to the league in October 2012, a deal that took effect at the start of the 2013–14 season.[4] Also likely having an effect on Fox Soccer's future was the eventual conversion of two other Fox Sports specialty channels on August 17, 2013, when the motorsports-oriented Speed became the new general-interest Fox Sports 1 and the extreme sports-heavy Fuel TV converted to Fox Sports 2 (Premier League broadcasts on NBC began that same day).

Fox Entertainment Group announced its plans for FXX on March 28, 2013 for a planned launch on September 2, 2013, intending for FXX to be available in approximately 74 million American homes "in year one".[1][2] In the months leading up to the launch, Fox was generally coy about definitively confirming where FXX would be placed on cable/satellite channel lineups, though Fox officials had indicated off the record that the plan was to indeed replace Fox Soccer with the new network.[5]

Fox Soccer's conversion to FXX took place on the morning of September 2, 2013, leading out of a final airing of Fox Soccer's Being: Liverpool with an hour block of paid programming (which featured a FXX disclaimer card at the front) at 6 a.m. (ET), followed by the proper launch an hour later at 7 a.m. ET.

Launch

The launch clip had FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi about to score a goal broken up by Frank Reynolds (Danny Devito) of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia coming through a leather couch (representing a television screen being "ripped") being "birthed" in the nude (a scene taken from the 2009 Christmas special episode "A Very Sunny Christmas"), suggesting the "birthing" of FXX; this led into the pilot episode of Parks and Recreation, the start of an all-day marathon airing of the series.[6][7] As a result of the rebranding, Fox Soccer's remaining event rights, including CONCACAF and UEFA matches, have moved to Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, or in some cases Fox Soccer Plus.

Although the channel is intended by Fox to be part of the basic cable lineup, on many providers (including Suddenlink Communications, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Charter Communications) the channel was previously placed in a specialty sports package, a holdover from the channel's previous iteration as Fox Soccer,[8] although most providers have since moved FXX into more basic slots on the lineup.

A Canadian version of FXX launched on April 1, 2014.[9]

2014–present

In 2013 FXX acquired broadcast syndication rights to the long-running Fox series The Simpsons for a reported $750 million, a deal which broke the record for being the biggest off-network deal in television history. Original contracts had previously stated that syndication rights The Simpsons would not be sold to cable until the series conclusion; however, the series has been syndicated to several local broadcast stations throughout the United States since 1993.[10] FXX premiered The Simpsons on their network on August 21, 2014 by starting a twelve day marathon featuring every episode of the series so-far chronologically, including The Simpsons Movie, which FX Networks had already owned the rights to air. The marathon was the longest continuous marathon in the history of television.[11] The first day of the marathon was the highest rated broadcast day in the history of the network so far, the ratings more than tripled that those of regular prime time programming for FXX.[12] Ratings during the first six nights of the marathon grew night after night, with the network ranking within the top 5 networks in basic cable each night.[13]

Programming

Current

Scripted

Acquired

Future

  • Untitled Tracy Morgan Comedy (January 2015)
  • Man Seeking Woman (March 2015)

Past programs

Scripted

Acquired

References

  1. ^ a b "FX NETWORKS TO LAUNCH FXX" (Press release). FX Networks. March 28, 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 28, 2013). "FX Officially Unveils FXX Channel To Launch In September, New Branding Campaign". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fox Soccer to relaunch as FXX". Deadline.com. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "NBC secures English Premier League football rights". Associated Press. October 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Harris, Christopher (2013-03-28). "FOX Soccer’s Days Are Numbered With Upcoming Launch of FXX On Sept. 2". EPLTalk. Retrieved 2013-04-21. "'The launch of FXX this September was announced this morning, but we have nothing to announce today about FOX Soccer,' said a FOX Sports spokesperson." 
  6. ^ Burke, Timothy (2 September 2013). "Watch Fox Soccer Channel Die In The Most Undignified Manner Possible". Deadspin. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "FXX to Launch in 72 Million Homes Two Weeks From Today", TV by the Numbers, August 19, 2013
  8. ^ Channel Surfer: Tonight's TV (with VIDEO) Amarillo Globe News, September 4, 2013
  9. ^ Rogers goes after younger audience with new FXX channel Toronto Star, 14 January 2014
  10. ^ FXX Lands 'The Simpsons' In Biggest Off-Network Deal In TV History Deadline Hollywood, November 15, 2013
  11. ^ Bradley, Bill. "'The Simpsons' Launches On FXX With Longest Continuous Marathon Ever". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Kissell, Rick. "‘The Simpsons’ Marathon More Than Triples Primetime Audience for FXX". Variety. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "FXX Paints Labor Day Weekend Yellow". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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