FX Movie Channel
|FX Movie Channel|
|Launched||October 31, 1994|
|Owned by||Fox Entertainment Group
(21st Century Fox)
(FX Networks, LLC)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
|Headquarters||Irving, Texas, USA|
|Formerly called||fXM: Movies from Fox (1994–2000)
Fox Movie Channel (2000–2013)
|DirecTV||258 (SD only)
|Dish Network||384 (SD only)|
|Available on most U.S. cable providers||Check local listings|
|Verizon FiOS||232 (SD only)|
|AT&T U-verse||1792 (HD)
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. 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.
As of February 2015, FXM is available to approximately 52,607,000 pay television households (45.2% of households with television) in the United States.
Originally intended to be titled "Fox Movie Studio" during the planning stages, the channel first launched on October 31, 1994 as fXM: Movies from Fox, the name taken from its sister cable channel FX. The channel officially switched to its name to Fox Movie Channel on March 1, 2000.
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.
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. On June 9, 2014, The Fox Movie Channel name was dropped entirely and replaced with FXM Retro, although programming on the block still remains uncut and commercial-free.
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