FX channel to launch -with day and date series

By David Knox on October 9, 2011 / Filed Under Pay TV 34

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.

34 Comments »

  1. shannon December 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm -

    hey Lloyd….how the hell can you call /the walking dead/ boring…E (eccept soup) and arena…now thats boring

  2. Lloyd October 19, 2011 at 2:02 am -

    FX is just another pointless and boring channel that Austar/Foxtel keeps adding but they never ask what their subs really want to see. Aussie cable is a sick joke.

  3. Pauly October 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm -

    SKY News UK should also be launched on Foxtel & Austar on channel 608, with Discovery moving to 610 and Nat Geo to 614!

  4. Adam October 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm -

    Too bad FIC doesn’t own G4TV, now that’s what Australia needs!

  5. Ben October 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm -

    This channel would also be really good for Fetch Tv to have a general entertainment/drama channel.

    Probably just wishful thinking on my part, but it’s a FIC owned channel not Foxtel so could happen unless Foxtel have paid $$$ for exclusivity.

  6. Ross October 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm -

    @Knowfirst right okay then, thanks.

  7. Daran October 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm -

    Walking Dead Season 2 starts October 16 on AMC. So by the time FX comes to our screens we will be 2 seasons behind

  8. Knowfirst October 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm -

    Ross – nope. The channel manager has confirmed (in AdNews from memory) that long-term programming arrangements that have already been made for certain shows on other channels will stay on those channels.

  9. Ross October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm -

    @Corey Man, I hope so

  10. Ross October 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm -

    Does this mean It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Archer are going to be moving from The Comedy Channel and FOX8 onto FX, given they air on FX in America. Maybe we’ll also see the Australian premiere of The League too.

  11. pete October 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm -

    This Channel doesn’t seem to be good, doesn’t sound like good shows!!

    Why don’t they Bl***y bring Channels like:

    Nicktoons
    Warner Brothers
    VH1
    and mainly Spanish Channels that’s what i want to see come to Australia like;
    Telemundo
    Telefutura
    Univision
    Canal Del Las Estrellas and etc

    That’s what they should bring theres Thousands of Latin people in Australia so come on Foxtel you Better Listen To Me!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Craig(Buzz) October 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm -

    I’m not worried about this channel.Will hardly be watching

  13. Jellyman October 10, 2011 at 11:40 am -

    Still no Mention of Teennick or Nicktoons in Australia as well as Disney XD, DIsney Channel HD or Nickelodeon HD launching either, lets give some Feedback to Foxtel about Launching them all.

  14. Josh October 10, 2011 at 11:24 am -

    @ Tony H. – if you were one you would feel the same way =p. I have already given the example of Discovery HD World and Nat Geo HD which have been on Foxtel for something like 4 years and still not on Austar; but other negatives include not having the full catelogue of AIR Radio channels, having a faulty STB system that has a list of problems longer than my arm, no On Demand services and HD Box Office, and lastly (and most importantly) not having access to 4 HD channels and 4 SD channels (expected to rise again at the end of the year when Foxtel launch their new channels).

  15. Tony Bee October 10, 2011 at 10:05 am -

    The second season of The Walking Dead starts this weekend.

  16. Dan Barrett October 10, 2011 at 10:02 am -

    The term Day & Date really isn’t correct at all, regardless how often the term seems to be used by TV types to talk about Same Day broadcasts.

    With Australia being in the future as far as international datelines are concerned, it’s pretty unlikely that The Walking Dead (for example) will air 12 hours (thereabouts) prior to its US airing. In all likelihood, it’d be 12 hours after, making it the next date and not the same date.

    If they really are that committed to a day and date airing, that’d be phenomenal. But, I wouldn’t expect to see it happen.

  17. Tim October 10, 2011 at 9:23 am -

    Great news will they be producing local FX style drama?

  18. Vinny October 10, 2011 at 1:55 am -

    while Justified and American Horror Story are expected on Free to Air soon.

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    Justified – We have been waiting since the middle of last year for Nine to show this – unless they have onsold it ?

  19. Tony H. October 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm -

    The Austar customers are a happy bunch, aren’t they.

  20. troy October 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm -

    that is one of the reason why i let austar go cos i sick of there bull crap with bring new channels out an i will not get them till foxtell buy them out

  21. Mitch October 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm -

    I am looking forward to Hell on Wheels, but as a Austar member, I suppose I’ll have to watch by other means..

  22. Flatcapman October 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm -

    It makes very little difference since Im not paying 166 dollars just for one TV series. Its not a horror or games channel so it wont interest me.

    Face it Austar/Foxtel You are not Sky

  23. Smacca October 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm -

    I should point out that the FX we originally had, before W came along, was nothing like this one. It was female skewed all the way. Clearly Foxtel just picked that name out of the “News Corp brands that haven’t been used in Australia yet” hat.

  24. Corey October 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm -

    Maybe we will finally have an [adult swim] channel! Here’s Hoping!

  25. Rick October 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm -

    The previous FX channel and this new one are, it should be said, completely different in style despite the name similarity. The Pre-W FX channel played mostly retro shows such as Charlies Angels, Julia, Room 222 and the Irwin Allen productions – it was more like some of the current digital FTA channels.

  26. Nancy October 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm -

    Now all we need is a soap opera channel!!!

  27. Josh October 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm -

    Sorry David I just read the HD channel part! Having a blonde Sunday afternoon moment!

  28. Josh October 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm -

    Once again Austar subscribers are left in the dark. We are still waiting for Discovery HD World and Nat Geo HD which have been on Foxtel for close to 4 years now. Looks like a great channel, but I wonder if it will come with a HD simulcast on launch? Also, is it owned by Foxtel or Fox International Channels, as FIC don’t own any channels in Australia and they are all owned by Foxtel?

  29. Woody October 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm -

    @Paul as an Austar customer I’m not holding my breath

  30. Nick October 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm -

    Excellent news. FX has Louie CK’s show.

  31. tmorgan October 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm -

    Sounds great. If Poland has FX, why can’t we?

  32. David Knox October 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm -

    No mention of Austar. Suspect the takeover uncertainty is getting in the way.

  33. Craig October 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm -

    Not bad for your/our $2, um what about Austar customers, will we get FX?

  34. Paul October 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm -

    I suppose Austar customers will miss out on this new channel.

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