FX channel will launch on the Foxtel platform in early 2012 promising the latest shows to air on the same day and date as the USA.
FOX International Channels (FIC) announced the much-rumoured channel today, leading with zombie cult hit The Walking Dead.
Set to screen a mix of drama, comedy, action, thriller and sci-fi, the channel will be available to Foxtel subscribers on the basic package.
It will also include an HD channel.
The Walking Dead, which has already screened its first season in the US, will air ad-free, back-to-back seasons.
Its other premium titles include action series The Transporter, based on the films by Luc Besson, with Chris Vance (Prison Break, All Saints) as an ex-Special Forces operator making a living as a no-questions-asked professional courier in Europe’s crime-ridden underworld.
It also has Hell On Wheels, a wild west tale of revenge chronicling a potent turning point in history with the construction of America’s transcontinental railroad. Anson Mount stars as a former Confederate soldier in a lawless melting pot of a town that services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad.
Some FX shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred are already seen on other channels in Australia while Justified and American Horror Story are expected on Free to Air soon.
Karin Simoncini, Managing Director of FIC Australia said, “We’re incredibly excited to be launching FX next year. It’s a brand that’s known around the world for its edgy entertainment and we’re proud to be creating an Australian version that will feature the hottest shows around.
“This will be a high quality destination for viewers where they can settle in to watch these amazing shows in an amazing TV environment.”
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said, “Since its inception Foxtel has continually strengthened the array of channels and programming it offers to its subscribers. With the launch of FX we will mark another important step forward in the delivery of the best international television content to Australian homes.”
Foxtel recently announced a monthly increase of $2 on its packages ahead of forthcoming new channels.
FX was previously available on Foxtel prior to a rebranding as W Channel.