FXX Will Make “Simpsons” Reruns Available On Demand

FXX, Fox’s new youth-oriented cable spinoff of FX, has picked up cable rights to The Simpsons. The major significance of the deal is that full digital rights were also sold to FXX, and the 530 episodes to date of The Simpsons will now become available on demand through FXX’s forthcoming mobile streaming app FXNOW.

20th Century Fox TV initially asked for $1.5 million per episode. After a bidding war between multiple networks, they ended up receiving around $1.25 million per episode. Both FXX and 20th Century Fox TV are owned by the same parent company 21st Century Fox. However, syndication rights to the show are also owned by the show’s creators and producers like Matt Groening and James L. Brooks who will profit handsomely from the deal. Read more details about the deal in Wall Street Journal and Deadline.com.


  • Thomas Paul Jennings

    New “digital” episodes? I thought the tape masters of the The Simpsons episodes were the only ones to have existed.

    • AmidAmidi

      Read the whole sentence: digital rights

      • Chris Sobieniak

        still would’ve been nice if the Tracey Ullman shorts were included there!

  • http://deaniac.deviantart.com/ Deaniac

    So FOX sold the syndication rights to themselves to air on a premium network that few people actually get?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Hypocritical really.

  • http://codywalzel.com/ Cody Walzel

    This looks promising, it would be fantastic to watch the golden days of the SImpsons without having to buy every DVD set.

  • Beamish Kinowerks

    So, what’s the deal with the continued unavailability of THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW? I remember that she sued Fox during the early 90′s for a profit share of THE SIMPSONS, but has that resulted in the show being permanently shelved?

    • MaxW

      Search for em on youtube ;)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I can see simply using the still from one of those shorts got your attention, me too!

    • Funkybat

      I didn’t realize that the Tracey Ullman show isn’t in DVD yet, that’s a real shame. I think it’s cool that they are releasing the individual Simpsons shorts on their own, as there are plenty of people who don’t want to have to jump through the Tracey episodes to find them, but they really should release the full series (with Simpsons shorts included) some time soon.

  • Aaron

    Five hundred and thirty episodes. Ay caramba!!

  • Roberto Severino

    Hooray except that I don’t have FXX. :(

    Would have been more convenient for these episodes to end up on TBS or Adult Swim for me. I also didn’t really watch The Simpsons that much growing up and it only relatively recently became part of my life, so it would be a great opportunity for me to catch up. Also, I am not really in the position right now to buy all those DVD collections.

  • SarahJesness

    I’m pretty glad it sounds like all of the episodes will be available, not just the newer ones. For some reason, the local TV stations at my town and my parent’s town only play the new episodes. The new episodes suck but I won’t be able to afford the DVDs for quite a while.

    Oh well. I don’t get FXX either way. (basic cable only) Although, the TVs at the employee room where I work have some nice cable package, if it gets FXX I could probably get the channel put on that from time to time.

    Though I do think it’s kind of weird that when they finally decide to sell the rights to a cable network, they choose one that not a lot of people get. What about FX itself? That’s a basic cable channel, tons of people get it, it would probably get very good ratings. Why is FOX still holding out? Why have they been holding out for so long? Still trying to sell the DVDs, I imagine…

  • Anonymous

    Remember when reruns were free and something you just watched because the weather was bad and you couldn’t go outside.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it is an actual cel set-up someone has than coming from the film itself.