FXX Adds 'The Simpsons' to Bulk Up Programming in Costly Deal

Pact Estimated to Cost Around $750 Million

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'The Simpsons' Credit: Fox

FX Networks is proving it's serious about FXX, making a massive investment to win the exclusive national cable rights for "The Simpsons," after what's being described as a bidding war among top cable networks.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it be worth more than $750 million to Twentieth Century Fox Television, according to a person familiar with the pact who confirmed reports in Variety and elsewhere.

That's a nice chunk of change for a cable channel that only bowed in September, when it took the place of Fox Soccer Channel. FXX has since been airing a mix of original series like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League" and "Wilfred," which moved over from FX; off-network reruns like "How I Met Your Mother" and "Bob's Burger"; and movies.

FXX, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting, which airs new episodes of "The Simpsons," are all units of 21st Century Fox.

FXX will begin airing "The Simpsons" in August 2014, with access to 530 episodes through season 24, adding later seasons down the road. Complete scheduling details are still to be determined but FXX will look to stack episodes in blocks of six to eight, and may organize episodes in themed nights, according to Chuck Saftler, president-program strategy and chief operating officer at FX Networks.

It also intends to make the series available on demand through the network's planned FXNow mobile application.

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