FX Movie Channel

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FX Movie Channel
FXM Logo.svg
Launched October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)
Network FX Networks
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
(FX Networks, LLC)
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
Country United States
Language American English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Formerly called fXM: Movies from Fox (1994-2000)
Fox Movie Channel (2000–2013)
Sister channel(s) Fox
FX
FXX
Movies!
Website www.fxnetworks.com/fxm
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 258 (SD only)
1258 (VOD)
Dish Network 384 (SD only)
Cable
Available on most U.S. cable providers Check local listings
IPTV
Verizon FiOS 232 (SD only)
AT&T U-verse 1792 (HD)
792 (SD)

FX Movie Channel (FXM) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The channel's programming consists largely of movies, primarily those from the 20th Century Fox library. As of August 2013, FXM is available to approximately 49,799,000 pay television households (43.61% of households with television) in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Fox Movie Channel logo used from 2007 until June 8, 2014; from March 2013 until June 2014, this logo was used only for a programming block on FXM.

Originally intended to be titled "Fox Movie Studio" during the planning stages,[2] the channel first launched on October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31) as fXM: Movies from Fox, the name taken from its sister cable channel FX.[3] The channel officially switched to its name to Fox Movie Channel on March 1, 2000. Its primary competitors are Time Warner's Turner Classic Movies, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's MGM HD and Sony Pictures Entertainment's Sony Movie Channel, each of which likewise features films from its respective owner's inventory.

On January 1, 2012, Fox Movie Channel adopted a hybrid programming format with the debut of the time-shared service FX Movie Channel (FXM), effectively reviving the channel's original name. The channel, which only ran promos for its programming as well as interstitials relating to its films, also began running traditional advertisements during the 12-hour block, which runs from the late afternoon to the early overnight hours and airs more recent theatrically released movies. As a result, films broadcast on the FXM block are edited to allow for commercial time, and for content. Fox Movie Channel still retained uncut and commercial-free broadcasts of its films.[4]

It was announced on March 27, 2013 that FXM would go from being a programming block on Fox Movie Channel to being a full scale network of the FX Networks family, which also includes FX and FXX.[5] On June 9, 2014, the Fox Movie Channel name was dropped entirely and replaced with FXM Retro, though programming in the block remains uncut and commercial-free.

High definition[edit]

FXM provides a high definition simulcast feed that broadcasts the channel's film content in the 720p resolution format, the company's default transmission format.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Katz, Richard (July 11, 1994). "fX the sequel: Fox Movie Studio coming soon". Multichannel News. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Katz, Richard (October 3, 1994). "Fox flicks: second fX net sets program model". Multichannel News. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Morabito, Andrea (September 19, 2011). "Fox Movie Channel to Rebrand with 'FXM' Block". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "FX-FXX-FXM Press Release" (PDF) (Press release). FXX. Retrieved March 29, 2013. [dead link]

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