/// Looks Like The Windowing Wars Are back When It Comes To Digital/Cable TV

June 5, 2013  |  Media Week

At the FX upfront breakfast this year, John Landgraf said something surprising: the company was rolling out a new digital service, he told reporters, called FX Now . Part of the service (which is authenticated using your cable account) would be movie distribution. After all, movies provide FX's base programming (on which it builds its slate of originals, so they're in a position to negotiate rights). On the new portal, FX planned to provide those films to its viewers exclusively of any other streaming service. When you're watching Thor on FX Now, for example, you're definitely not able to watch it on Netflix. Today, another, similar deal was announced: Amazon has purchased an exclusive window on thousands of episodes of Viacom shows that expired on Netflix at the end of May, as well as a non-exclusive window on others. Among the shows migrating to Amazon: Dora the Explorer , SpongeBob SquarePants. A big chunk of Comedy Central content popular with Netflix's young-skewing audience will also move (but not all of it . Tosh.0 is no longer on Netflix, but Daniel Tosh's stand-up special is). Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but analysts put it in the $200 million range

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Looks Like The Windowing Wars Are back When It Comes To Digital/Cable TV



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