A new day, a new update in the early rounds of "The Great Streaming Wars of 2020" (just wait until Netflix becomes self-aware, folks) – this time, it's reports of a casualty. The FX+ subscription service is going the way of parachute pants and skinny leather ties, winding down its operations by August 21. The move is a result of The Walt Disney Company merging Fox into the corporate fold, and part of the company's overall plan to take ownership of Hulu and successfully introduce its Disney+ streaming service to the world in November.
Here's a look at the message that greeted visitors to the FX+ website earlier today:
The future of the premium service was in doubt during May's Disney upfront, where FXNetworks president John Landgraf spoke of the advantages of having Hulu as a distribution source:
"That's really exciting to me, that FX programming will now be on a quite widely distributed streaming system with an ad-free option. It really expands the dimensions and what we can do."
So Now That FX+ Is Going Bye-Bye…
● If you're a current subscriber, you will still have access to FX and FXX programming through August 20, 2019, in the FXNOW app or at www.fxnetworks.com. After that, the content will no longer be accessible through an FX+ account.
● After FX+ has shuffled off the streaming coil, you can still watch current seasons of FX and FXX original series on the linear channels, and will still be available for a limited time via on-demand viewing in the FXNOW app or at www.fxnetworks.com.
● You don't need to cancel your subscription: it starts ghosting you on August 21, 2019. If you subscribed through your TV provider, your provider will discontinue billing; and if you subscribed directly through the FXNetworks.com/fxplus website, please contact customer support at FXNetworks.com/fxplushelp for any subscription questions/concerns.