What is FXX? What Kind of Programs Does it Feature?

FXX is a cable television station that is part of FX Networks, LLC and Fox Entertainment Group, which in turn are under the 21st Century Fox Corporation umbrella. The station launched in September 2013 and replaced the Fox Soccer Channel.


Background of FXX


In January 2013, Fox Entertainment Group announced plans to shut down its soccer channel, apparently due to losing rights to English Premier League matches. Plans to convert two other sports channels, Speed and Fuel TV, into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 in the same year also likely had an effect. In place of soccer, Fox planned to create a new companion station for the existing FX channel that would air general entertainment programming; FXX was announced in March 2013.

Fox intended FXX to be a basic cable channel, but some cable companies positioned it as a component of specialty programming packages, such as sports or variety packs. These typically require a digital subscription through a cable box or card and additional fees over usual basic cable programming. Such a move potentially reduces the available audience from the 74 million homes Fox intended to reach in the first year.


Demographics and Programming on FXX


FXX aims for an audience of adult men aged 18-34; its slogan is Fearless. Programming mostly consists of original and syndicated comedies, but there are also some dramatic series and movies. Fox Entertainment Group moved two of its original comedies from FX to FXX in 2013 and will move two more in 2014.


Original Programs in 2013


  • “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
  • “The League”


Original Programs in 2014


  • “Legit”
  • “Wilfred”


A number of syndicated shows began airing on the station in 2013 as well, and more are planned for 2014.


Syndicated Programs in 2013


  • “Parks and Recreation”
  • “Rescue Me”
  • “How I Met Your Mother”
  • “Arrested Development”
  • “Sports Night”
  • “Spin City”
  • “The Hughleys”
  • “Mad About You”
  • “Freaks and Geeks”


Syndicated Programs in 2014


  • “Raising Hope”
  • “Da Ali G Show”
  • “The Simpsons”


“The Simpsons” is scheduled to begin airing in August 2014, which is the first time the long-running animated series will appear on cable TV. In addition to airing all existing seasons of the show, which totals more than 500 episodes at present, FXX will add new seasons after first-run airings complete on Fox’s main broadcast station. There are also plans for the entire series to be available on-demand via the upcoming FXNow mobile application. This streaming deal means that “The Simpsons” won’t appear on Netflix or Amazon.

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