FX Movie Channel

FX Movie Channel
Launched October 31, 1994 (1994-10-31)
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group (21st Century Fox)
Picture format 720p
(downscaled to 480i letterboxed for SDTVs)
Slogan FXM is the movies
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Formerly called
  • fXM: Movies from Fox (1994–2000)
  • Fox Movie Channel (2000–2014)
Sister channel(s)
  • Channel 258 (SD/HD)
Dish Network Channel 384 (HD)
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 232 (SD)
  • Channel 732 (HD)
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 1792 (HD)
  • Channel 792 (SD)

FX Movie Channel (FXM) is an American pay television channel that is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The channel's programming consists largely of movies, primarily those from the 20th Century Fox, Twentieth Century Pictures, and Fox Film Corporation library. Since 2012, FXM has separated its film content into two distinct blocks, with its main programming focusing more on recent films and its early-morning and daytime schedule (branded as "FXM Retro") focusing on classic films.

As of February 2015, FXM is available to approximately 52,607,000 pay television households (45.2% of households with television) in the United States.[1]


Focus on classic films (1994–2014)

Originally intended to be titled "Fox Movie Studio" during the planning stages,[2] the channel first launched at midnight on October 31, 1994 as fXM: Movies from Fox, a name derived from its sister cable channel FX, which debuted five months earlier on June 1.[3] The first movie to air on fXM was the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Its original format focused solely on classic movies from the 20th Century Fox film library, which were presented commercial-free and (in regard to films originally released in black-and-white) uncolorized, and were generally shown without editing for content and time; the films that were broadcast were mainly releases from the 1920s to the 1980s. The channel officially changed to its name to Fox Movie Channel on March 1, 2000 to June 8, 2014

Format change and incorporation of recent films (2014–present)

On January 1, 2012, Fox Movie Channel adopted a hybrid programming format, with the debut of the time-shared service FX Movie Channel (FXM), effectively reviving the channel's original name. With the change, the channel shifted from being mainly a classic movie channel and broadened its focus by incorporating movies from the 1990s to present (the most recent films which are shown on a roughly two-year lag after their initial release) within the block, many of which were culled from existing licensing agreements between FX and various film studios, in an effort to refocus it towards adults between the ages of 25 and 54 years old.[4]

The channel, which only ran promos for its programming as well as interstitials relating to its films, also began running traditional advertisements during the 12-hour block, which runs from the late afternoon to the early overnight hours (from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time). As a result, films broadcast on the FXM block are edited to allow for commercial time, and for content. Fox Movie Channel still retained uncut and commercial-free broadcasts of its films.[4]

On March 27, 2013, Fox Entertainment Group announced that the FX Movie Channel would expand to become a full scale network within the FX Networks family, which would also include FXX following its launch on September 2 of the same year. On June 9, 2014, the Fox Movie Channel name was dropped entirely and the channel's early-morning and daytime lineup was renamed "FXM Retro". Despite the new branding, programming featured as part of the block continues to air without content edits or commercial interruption. On January 1, 2015, FXM deviated from its movie-focused format for the first time, running a marathon of the first season of the FX original series Fargo (itself based on the 1996 film of the same name).[5]


Movie library

FXM – through FX – maintains movie licensing rights agreements with sister company 20th Century Fox (including content from subsidiaries 20th Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios, New Regency Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures), Warner Bros. Entertainment (including content from subsidiaries Warner Bros. Animation, New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment), Universal Studios (including content from subsidiaries Universal Animation Studios, Working Title Films, Illumination Entertainment and Focus Features), Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (including content from subsidiaries Walt Disney Animation Studios, DisneyToon Studios, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios), Paramount Pictures (including content from subsidiaries MTV Films, Comedy Central Films, Nickelodeon Movies and Insurge Pictures), DreamWorks and Sony Pictures Entertainment (including Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems and Triumph Films).

Since the 2012 separation of the channel's film content into two distinct blocks, FXM's film telecasts usually are "television" cuts meant for basic cable, which feature content edits, dubbing of profanities and some time edits by removing some superfluous plotting or toning down scenes with adult content inappropriate for basic cable broadcast to fit within a set timeslot with commercials added.

High definition

FXM provides a high definition simulcast feed that broadcasts the channel's film content in the 720p resolution format, the company's default transmission format.

See also


  1. Robert Seidman (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it (Tribune Digital Ventures). Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  2. Richard Katz (July 11, 1994). "fX the sequel: Fox Movie Studio coming soon". Multichannel News. Fairchild Publications. Retrieved January 18, 2013 via HighBeam Research.
  3. Richard Katz (October 3, 1994). "Fox flicks: second fX net sets program model". Multichannel News. Fairchild Publications. Retrieved January 18, 2013 via HighBeam Research.
  4. 1 2 Andrea Morabito (September 19, 2011). "Fox Movie Channel to Rebrand with 'FXM' Block". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  5. Sara Bibel (December 23, 2014). "FXM to Air 'Fargo' Marathon on New Year's Day". TV by the Numbers. Zap2It (Tribune Digital Ventures). Retrieved July 2, 2015.
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