FX (Canada)

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FX
FX International logo.svg
Launched October 31, 2011
Owned by Rogers Media (66.64% and managing partner)
FX Networks (33.36%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called FX Canada (2011-2015)
Sister channel(s) FXX
Website FX Now Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 1290 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 251 / 334 (HD)
Cable
Rogers Cable Channel 318 (SD)
Channel 55 – 565 (HD)
Shaw Cable Channel 156 (SD)
Channel 267 (HD)
Cogeco Cable Channel 410 (SD)
Channel 750 (HD)
Cable Cable Channel 97 (SD)
Channel 315 (HD)
EastLink Channels vary (SD)
Channel 667 (HD)
Vidéotron Channel 810 (HD)
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 331 (SD)
Channel 1331 (HD)
MTS Channel 43 (SD)
Channel 45 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 83 (SD)
Channel 383 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9413 (SD)
Channel 413 (HD)

FX is a Canadian English-language Category B cable and satellite television specialty channel that is owned as a partnership between Rogers Media, a division of Rogers Communications (which owns a controlling 66.64% interest and serves as managing partner) and the FX Networks subsidiary of 21st Century Fox (which owns the remaining 33.36%). Based on the U.S cable network of the same name, FX is devoted primarily to scripted dramas and comedies.[1]

History[edit]

In February 2011, Rogers Media was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Highwire, described as "a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming service devoted to the entire genre of action and adventure, including selections from crime fiction, epic and heroic drama."[2]

The channel was launched on October 31, 2011 as FX Canada in standard and high definition.[3] The channel was wholly owned by Rogers Media at its launch. However, on December 16, 2011, the CRTC approved an application for FX Networks to purchase a 20% interest in the channel's direct parent company, and a 16.7% interest in the holding company owning the other 80%, for an overall ownership interest of 33.6% (with Rogers retaining the remainder).[4]

On April 15, 2013, it was announced that FX Canada had acquired the exclusive domestic broadcast rights to air future episodes of soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, which were rebooted through Hulu and iTunes in the United States. However, on May 17, 2013, almost three weeks since the premieres, and a day after Prospect Park announced a schedule change for both series that reduced each week's broadcasts to two episodes (from four), All My Children and One Life to Live were abruptly pulled from FX Canada's schedule. They were replaced by reruns of 30 Rock.

Rogers had tentatively planned to launch a Canadian version of FXX, the U.S. spinoff channel launched in September of 2013 to which several FX comedy series moved.[5] In the meantime, series that have moved to FXX continued to air on FX Canada. Originally planned for January of 2014, the Canadian version of FXX eventually launched on April 1st, 2014. [6]

In October of 2014, nearly three years after its launch, Bell TV reached a deal to carry FX Canada and FXX; they were added to its satellite and Fibe TV lineups on October 10, 2014. Bell was one of the most prominent television providers not to carry FX Canada - a fact regularly noted in promotions for the channel on its sibling networks. It was reported that the channel's incorporation into the revamped Hockey Night in Canada was an impetus for the deal.[7] In January of 2015, the channel began referring to itself as FX, in addition to adopting the current logo used worldwide.[8]

Programming[edit]

Original logo, used until January 2015.

As part of the agreement between Rogers Media and Fox, any new original series produced for the flagship FX channel in the United States by its co-owned studios, FX Productions and 20th Century Fox Television, will air on FX Canada.[9]

This means that while the channel airs most programming from FX, it does not carry original series that premiered prior to 2011. For example, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia didn't air on the channel until mid-2013, and FX Canada only has second window rights to Sons of Anarchy; the current seasons premiere on Super Channel. It also does not carry certain series produced by other studios, such as Anger Management (produced by Lionsgate) or Justified (primarily produced by Sony Pictures Television). In most of these cases, broadcast rights have been purchased by other Canadian broadcasters.

Additionally, FX Canada serves as an overflow channel for Sportsnet; its license dictates that it can air up to 10% sports programming. During the 2013 Major League Baseball season, FX Canada aired six pre-season Toronto Blue Jays games. The channel was made available as a free preview to providers during this period as well.[10] As of the 2014-15 season, FX Canada occasionally airs NHL games as part of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday nights. They primarily simulcast all-U.S. matchups from American regional sports networks.[11]

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