The cable network FX is the latest outfit to offer a premium, commercial free service. For about $6 a month, you can watch current seasons of FX shows without the ads. You'll also have access to a library of other FX shows, but not old episodes of their shows that have previous streaming deals elsewhere -- the first seasons of The Americans are on Amazon, or Atlanta streams on Hulu, for instance. You'll also be paying that $6 on top of your regular cable bill. It's not clear how many people would be excited to spring for this service now, but it's one more small move towards a world where everything is available a la carte and on demand.
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At winter press tour, lots of Disney/Fox questions, but few answers TV critics and reporters are gathered in Pasadena for several days of presentations from cable and broadcast networks. Everyone wants to know what the Fox broadcast network will look like following its purchase by Disney, but at the moment, execs don't have the answers.
What Disney's acquisition of most of Fox means for TV The $52.4 billion deal was announced last week and has huge implications in the film world, but also in television as well. The move is largely seen as a way for Disney to get more content directly to consumers, and part of that means bulking up a forthcoming streaming service.