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The Simpsons Moving Off Fox In TV Deal Worth Up To $1-billion

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The Simpsons is headed to cable in a deal that could be worth up to $1-billion
FoxThe Simpsons is headed to cable in a deal that could be worth up to $1-billion.

Fox mainstay The Simpsons will be moving to premium cable in 2014 after an historic bidding war saw the series’ full cable rights sold to upstart cable channel FXX for an estimated $750-million.

FXX will begin airing episodes from the first 24 seasons of The Simpsons in August 2014 — of which there are 530 in total — and will pay an estimated $1.25-million per week to do so. The Simpsons‘ home network, Fox, will continue to broadcast new episodes from the show’s 25th season, which it will hand off to FXX in September 2015 – kicking off the recently greenlit Season 26 shortly thereafter.

Analysts say the deal could end up costing FXX up to $1-billion once in Sept. 2015, when the number of episodes available to the channel will increase to 574.

In an unprecedented move, the cable upstart has also bought digital, video-on-demand and non-linear rights to the entire animated series — this sort of sale is usually limited to five or six episodes at a time — and will make all episodes in The Simpsons‘ 25-season run available on its soon-to-be-launched mobile app, FXNOW.

“This is a historic deal for FXX and FX Networks and I don’t believe there will ever be another one like it,” FX Networks CEO John Lindgraf said in a statement to Deadline.

FXX is a part of FX Networks, which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The channel currently airs It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League, as well as repeat episodes of Arrested Development, Bob’s Burgers and Freaks and Geeks, among other titles.

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