|Launched||September 2, 2013|
|Owned by||FX Networks, LLC |
(Walt Disney Television)
|Picture format||720p HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, CA|
|Dish Network||Channel 125|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|Xfinity||Channel 725 (SD)|
|DirecTV Now||Internet Protocol television|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|YouTube TV||Internet Protocol television|
FXX is an American pay television channel owned by the Walt Disney Television unit of The Walt Disney Company through FX Networks, LLC. It is the sister channel of FX, with its programming focusing on original and acquired comedy series and feature films for a primary demographic of men aged 18–34.
FXX launched on September 2, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. Eastern/6:00 a.m. Central, replacing Fox Soccer. The channel is best known for setting the record for the longest continuous marathon in the history of television, which featured every single episode of The Simpsons that had already been released at the time (552 episodes) and The Simpsons Movie over the course of twelve days. This record has since been broken.
As of September 2018, approximately 87 million households in the United States (78% of those with television) receive FXX.
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; while FXX was a possible name from the start, another name proposed for the new net was FX2. 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. 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". 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.
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.
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. 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.
The channel was intended by Fox to be part of the basic cable lineup, but it started on many providers (including Suddenlink Communications, Comcast, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Charter Communications) in its previous placement within a specialty sports package (along with the costs which come with those packages), a holdover from the channel's previous iteration as Fox Soccer. The vast majority of providers have since moved it to reasonable basic channel positions over time, often next to FX where possible.
In October 2013, oil company ExxonMobil sued Fox for trademark infringement of the interlocking X of its Exxon fuel brand. The network disputed the company's claim that there was the possibility of confusion, with a spokesperson stating that "we are confident that viewers won't tune into FXX looking for gas or motor oil and drivers won't pull up to an Exxon pump station expecting to get It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The parties agreed to dismiss the suit in October 2015.
In November 2013, FXX acquired broadcast syndication rights to the Fox series The Simpsons. Original contracts had previously stated that syndication rights for the series 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.
The series premiered on August 21, 2014, starting a twelve-day marathon which featured the first 552 episodes (every single episode that had already been released at the time) aired chronologically, including The Simpsons Movie, which FX Networks had already owned the rights to air. It was said to be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television, until VH1 Classic broke FXX's record with their nineteen-day marathon of Saturday Night Live. 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 those of regular prime time programming for FXX. 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.
In 2015, FXX introduced a late-night block of animated programming, featuring reruns of series that originally premiered on Fox's previous late-night animation block Animation Domination High-Def, new episodes of Lucas Bros. Moving Co., the new original series Stone Quackers, and later joined by Major Lazer, an animated series based on the Diplo-fronted electronic music group of the same name.
For Thanksgiving 2016, FXX launched a 13-day, 600-episode run of The Simpsons in honor of the show's 600th episode, the marathon which would include the first four episodes of The Simpsons' 28th season (of which was then-current as the season was still being aired by Fox) and ending with the episode "Treehouse of Horror XXVII". Unlike the previous 552-episode marathon FXX had aired, this marathon did not include The Simpsons Movie.
On July 15, 2017, a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game featuring the U.S. men's national team aired on FXX due to sports programming conflicts with Fox and Fox Sports 1; The Washington Post noted that the match was likely placed on FXX rather than Fox Sports 2 due to its broader carriage, as it is available in nearly as many households as FS1, and on basic tiers on some providers.
2019–present: Acquisition by Disney
On April 8, 2019, it was announced FX Networks had acquired off-network rights to Family Guy and Bob's Burgers, beginning with the former's sixteenth season and the latter's ninth season. Family Guy began airing on FXX on April 16, 2019, while Bob's Burgers will debut in fall 2019. FXX shares the rights to Family Guy with new sister network Freeform. WarnerMedia's Adult Swim and TBS currently hold the rights to older seasons of both shows; WarnerMedia's rights to Family Guy will expire by fall 2021, at which point reruns will be exclusive to FX Networks and Freeform, with the rights to Bob's Burgers similarly coming under FX Networks' full control at a later date.
FXX's main programming consists of comedy series and films (shared with FX and FXM), such as Parks and Recreation, Mom, and Black-ish. The channel also airs original series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer, both of which previously aired on sister network FX. The network's original series generally air on Wednesday nights in the last hour of network primetime.
- Animation Domination High-Def - Originally broadcast on Fox. This was a late adult animation block that lasted a year before ending. It hosted series, Axe Cop, Major Lazer, Stone Quackers and more.
Simpsons rerun rights and marathons
The network is known for their marathons of The Simpsons, which is aired in that form every evening, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays. Marathons that air on Thursdays are special themed with a holiday or character, and Sunday marathons are themed with the episode that broadcasts on Fox the same night, and broadcasts the uncut versions of the episodes.
It also has occasional "Every. Simpsons. Ever" events which occurred in 2014 and 2016, where the entire run of the series is aired over a number of days, including the movie in chronological order (the Tracy Ullman shorts have not been part of any FXX packages). The 2014 marathon consisted of 552 episodes, airing over twelve days from August 21, 2014 to September 1, 2014. The second marathon aired in 2016, and consisted of 600 episodes (adding 48 new episodes from the last two seasons), over thirteen days.
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'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.
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