The FX+ subscription streaming video service, which launched in 2017, is shutting down. The move comes after Disney’s acquisition of Fox and planned November launch for Disney+.
A note on FX+’s website explains that the service will no longer be available beginning August 21, 2019. Subscribers can continue watching through August 20. Current subscribers can access past seasons of FX and FXX originals through August 20, 2019 in the FXNOW app or online at www.FXNetworks.com.
FX said it will automatically stop billing for the service on August 21.
“There is no need to cancel your subscription. If you subscribe through your TV provider, your TV provider will discontinue billing you for the service,” the company wrote on its website.
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FX+ launched on Comcast's Xfinity platform in September 2017, and about one year later it became available for customers of many other pay TV providers. Unlike lots of other streaming video services, FX+ required customers to have a pay TV subscription before they could get FX+’s commercial-free service. The service was available for $5.99 per month.
But FX+ is done now, as Disney likely found the service incongruent with its streaming strategy anchored against ESPN+, Hulu (of which Disney now has full control) and the upcoming Disney+.
FX+ never released subscriber totals. But FX Networks CEO John Landgraf last year told FierceVideo that each week FX was seeing steady increases that were helped along by the launch of new shows.