The Simpsons, aka the longest running show on television, has just completed one of the biggest syndication deals of all time. The FX network, FXX, has just obtained syndication rights for all 24 seasons for a 9-figure price. All 530 episodes will be available for airing by August 2014.
In addition to this, being on FXX means the show will be available for streaming for the first time in its history. FXX subscribers will be able to watch episodes via the upcoming FXNOW mobile app. However, this means Netflix and/or Hulu will not get any Simpsons action for quite sometime.
There has always been hefty competition for Simpsons syndication. Until now all re-run episodes have been aired on Fox, but seeing that FX is a 21st Century Fox subsidiary this isn't all that surprising. FX launched FXX as a more comedy-centered network to appeal to a younger audience. So far regular FX shows such as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and The League have been moved to FXX. Wilfred and Legit are also set to move to FXX in 2014. The Simpsons will join other syndicated programs on FXX such as Arrested Development, Spin City, Freaks and Geeks, Bob's Burgers, How I Met Your Mother, and Parks and Recreation.
I personally don't see the draw to FXX and have resisted ordering the channel seeing that the re-runs they play can be watched on DVD or Netflix and I don't like the shows they moved from FX. I will only consider it if they move Archer over. I wouldn't be surprised if by 2014 Anger Management and/or Louie move to FXX, though. Just throwing that out there.
Now to go watch some Simpsons on DVD.
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