News Corp recently signed a deal with itself (basically) to syndicate the first 24 episodes of The Simpsons in a landmark $750 million deal. Starting sometime this summer, fans will get to take advantage of this deal with the first time by having access to every episode of the first 24 seasons. That’s 530 episodes! But that good news is tempered by the fact that you’re going to need to be an FX subscriber to enjoy that week and half of nonstop Simpsons goodness.
Yes, you will be able to stream the entire series save for the current one that airs every Sunday on Fox, but to do so you’ll need access to the FXNOW app and be a subscriber to FX. To get the full details on the set-up, check out the following press release courtesy of Emmy.com:
Beginning this August, fans will have access to 24 complete seasons of The Simpsons – 530 episodes and counting – via FX Networks’ new advertiser-supported “TV Everywhere” app FXNOW, available right now in limited release.
Encompassing programs from the FX, FXX and FXM suite of channels, the app’s initial rollout will service about half of all FX channel subscribers domestically and is underway, the company announced today.
FXNOW’s current anytime-anywhere menu includes such FX shows as Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, Louie, Archer, Chozen and American Horror Story: Coven; as well as FXX comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, among others. Selections from FX Networks’ substantial feature film library are also in the mix.
In addition to the 24 seasons of Simpsons coming this summer to FXNOW, following seasons of the long-running show will be made available to watch on this platform as each new one begins its first run on the FOX Television network. That is, FXX and FXNOW will deliver access to season 25 in September 2014, when season 26 premieres on FOX.
Similar to HBOGO, the FXNOW app is only available to authenticated, paid-service subscribers of participating cable, satellite and telco providers. Currently companies on board include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Comcast, Suddenlink and WOW!, with others slated for 2015.
Viewers may also access FXNOW content online via FXNetworks.com, apps for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), Xbox One, Windows 8 desktop and tablet.
Apps for Android, Xbox 360, Roku and Samsung platforms are set to launch this spring.