Disney to close 18 channels in Asia as streaming focus expands

Disney is closing 18 linear networks in Asia as it focuses its attention on nascent streamer Disney+. Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life and FX will all be shuttered in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong in October, less than three years since the Mouse House acquired them through its purchase of 21st Century Fox. Kids networks […]

Disney confirms European Disney+ launch for March 31

Disney+ has finalised its roll-out in Western Europe, with plans now firmed up to debut in the UK and a handful of other markets in late March. The fledgling streamer – which will officially launch in the US, Netherlands and Canada on 12 November, and in Australia and New Zealand on 19 November – is […]

Disney shuts down FX+ in buildup to Disney+ launch

FX+, the SVOD platform for the channel’s shows, is to shut down, Disney has confirmed. The shuttering of the platform comes in preparation for the launch of Disney+ later this year.  A brief message on the FX+ website confirmed that the streamer will shut down on August 21, just shy of two years after its […]

Lionsgate strikes movie deal with Hulu, FX

Disney-controlled streamer Hulu and cable channel FX have struck a two-year output deal with Lionsgate for films released in 2020 and 2021. The deal is understood to mark the first time an SVOD and cable channel have partnered on a theatrical output deal. The slate for 2020 includes such films as I Still Believe, a biopic of […]

Fox to launch SVOD service FX+ with Comcast

21st Century Fox’s US FX Networks unit has teamed up with cable giant Comcast to launch a new premium ad-free service subscription video-on-demand service for Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers. The new service, FX+, will provide current seasons of all FX and FXX original series and every season of a number of current and catalogue titles […]

Netflix agrees global pact with Fox for American Crime Story

SVOD giant Netflix has agreed a global streaming pact with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for FX drama American Crime Story. The first season of the show will launch globally (excluding Canada) on Netflix in 2017, with all subsequent seasons made available after their respective broadcast windows. Season two will focus on Hurricane Katrina. This marks […]

Jason Thorp exiting Fox

Jason Thorp is leaving Fox International Channels a decade after launching the FX network in the UK. The move sees one of the UK’s longest-serving channel controllers leaving his post as executive VP, content for Europe and managing director for the UK and Africa. FIC Europe and Africa president and COO Diego Londono will assume […]

FX becomes Fox in UK

UK pay TV channel FX became Fox at 21:00 on Friday. Fox International Channels originally announced plans for the brand change in November. The relaunch coincided with the launch of NCIS season 10. Fox will air new programming including fantasy series Da Vinci’s Demons and comedy show Louie.

BT Vision to offer FX

News Corp-owned general entertainment channel FX will be available as a linear channel on UK IPTV service BT Vision after the two companies struck a carriage deal. 
The move means that FX UK will be the fourth linear channel to sign up to the service in the last month. Subscribers to BT Vision will now […]