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You’ll Be Able To Stream The Simpsons For The First Time Soon Thanks To Lots Of Money Changing Hands

I can’t remember the last time I watched a current episode of The Simpsons but I certainly was a fan back in the day. That’s why hearing I may soon be able to stream ALL 24 SEASONS whenever I want has got me pretty excited. 

The actual big “industry news” is this is the first time the Fox series will be in syndication on anywhere but network televisions. Which is crazy considering how long it’s been on the air. But the more exciting part for fans is the show will also be available to stream for the first time. According to the press release:

After a vigorous bidding war which resulted in what is believed to be the biggest off-network deal ever, FXX has secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons, the longest-running, most successful comedy series in television history, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions and Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy, and COO, FX Networks.

It continued, “FXNOW, the soon-to-be-launched mobile viewing app of FX Networks for its authenticated subscribers, will be the exclusive non-linear home for all seasons of The Simpsons, excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.”

The transaction, which Variety says “is valued at upwards of $750 million over the life of the deal (“Ay caramba!”),” seemingly means you won’t be seeing the animated series on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu any time soon, if not ever. It’s also not clear at this time if all 24 seasons will roll out at once on VOD or if they’ll have an excruciating wait like Adventure Time on Netflix.

And if you thought one Fox-related network getting the deal (and at such a high price) seems strange, Vulture explains:

While it might seem that FXX had the inside track on landing The Simpsons for cable and syndication, it’s not that simple because a slew of outside parties — including Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and the show’s voice actors — all have financial stakes in the show. That doesn’t give them veto power regarding where the show ends up, but it does mean that if any of them thought FXX got a sweetheart deal, they could very easily sue 20th for not getting fair market value for the show. This is why 20th shopped The Simpsons to various cable groups, generating what a press release called “a vigorous bidding war” for the show and what Landgraf called “a very long, hard and complicated negotiation.”

Are you excited to have The Simpsons on demand?

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  • Stacie Scattergood

    sadly, if it’s through yet another individual subscriber channel–not terribly excited. But perhaps, in the future…

  • Brand

    If it was Netflix or Hulu I’d be a bit more excited. Though, Isn’t FX owned by the same parent company as FOX? Sounds like they want to do what Warner Bros wants to do and have a “only our stuff” VOD service.

  • Anonymous

    So first FX moves all it’s comedy shows to to another channel that not everyone has and now they’re pulling this? Ugh. I know it makes sense from a marketing perspective (it keeps the Simpsons in-house at a Fox-owned app) but this is still annoying.

  • Anonymous

    I always wonder what this deals where one company subsidiary buys something from another. Outside of royalties to the creators, most of the money is just passing from the right hand to the left, right?

    Anyhoo, can’t get excited about this. If it was going to something like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle, then I would be please because I want options to cable. This is just a way to push me to get cable and I ain’t gonna do it!

  • AverageDrafter

    Here’s what I like about Amazon Prime – I have access to a ton of free movies AND I can purchase a movie and access it in the same interface on any of my devices.

    I don’t have to wait and hope for the company to make deals for movies I want to see, but they still have a lot of good movies and shows for free as well. Also, if I buy a BD they offer the rental version of the movie on Prime for free if available. I have a few Simpsons seasons and collections already streaming – I just had to pay for them directly.

    Not to mention that the VOD service is practically an afterthought to the free shipping.

    This is where Netflix is lagging, and could stand to make their service even more profitable, which would allow them to negotiate more distribution deals and create more original programing, which would then translate into more people using the service.

  • AverageDrafter

    Even in a single corporate entity (depending on how it is structured), different departments will buy and sell services and products to each other in order to maintain their individual budget integrity, determine profitability or costs, and just to keep everything nice and simple.

    Of course, its not TOTALLY necessary to do this, particularly if the company is small, but for a conglomerate like Fox – you have to do this.

    Its even more important when you are going from sub to sub, which are separate legal entities.

  • Erin Treat

    Not netflix so I don’t care.

  • Lien

    So… does that mean we can FINALLY put scenes from the simpsons without that hulu logo?

  • Smoke Tetsu

    I’ve been watching all the latest episodes of The Simpsons on Hulu Plus in XBMC.. not just a couple. More like five of the latest episodes like they have with other shows. They also have a smattering of past episodes amongst the various seasons. It’s not complete though and many of the HD available episodes aren’t in HD. This could throw a monkey wrench in that though and I am concerned.

  • Jessica Fisher

    I got very, very excited for a second but then disappointed that it isn’t netflix….

  • Michelle

    Same here (Canada). Meaningless news outside the U.S. No Hulu or Amazon Prime, and different Netflix licences.

    The only streaming Simpsons around here will continue to be from the video files on my computer to the Xbox. *shrug*

    From reading Wikipedia, FXX looks like another of those joke cable stations, basically Fox’s version of Spike (just like FX started out as). That about right?

  • opalexian

    Quote-’ This is why 20th shopped The Simpsons to various cable groups,
    generating what a press release called “a vigorous bidding war” for the
    show and what Landgraf called “a very long, hard and complicated

    Gershk, that almost sounds like propagander, which is jus onna dem dere fancy words for ‘bullshit’. -_- (‘no inside track’ haw haw.)

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  • Anonymous

    so whats the deal with the FX streaming service? will i be able to get a subscription without having cable, or is this like an HBO Go thing?