FX Canada

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FX Canada
FX Canada.svg
FX Canada logo
Launched October 31, 2011
Owned by Rogers Media (66.64% and managing partner)
FX Networks (33.36%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan There Is No Box
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
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 Canada 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%). FX Canada is devoted primarily to scripted dramas and comedies, and is based on the FX cable network in the United States.[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, and were replaced by reruns of 30 Rock.

Rogers had tentatively planned a January 2014 launch of FXX Canada, a Canadian version of FXX, the spinoff channel to which several FX comedy series moved in the U.S. in September 2013.[5] In the meantime, series that have moved to FXX in the U.S. continued to air on FX Canada. FXX's launch was later rescheduled to April 2014. [6]

In October 2014, nearly three years after its launch, Bell TV reached a deal to carry FX and FXX, which 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; it was reported that the channel's incorporation into the revamped Hockey Night in Canada was an impetus for the deal.[7]

Programming[edit]

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 be aired on FX Canada.[8]

This means that while FX Canada airs most programming from FX U.S., it does not carry some FX series that premiered prior to 2011. For example, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia did not begin to air on the channel until mid-2013, and FX Canada only has second window rights to Sons of Anarchy, with current seasons airing on Super Channel. It also does not carry certain new FX 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.[9] Currently, FX Canada is being used as part of Sportsnet's new national rights to the National Hockey League.[10]

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