With so many cable networks launching their own streaming services or licensing to skinny bundles, it’s no surprise to hear more networks jumping into the streaming market. This week, FX announced the launch of FX+, an ad-free streaming service that will carry the network’s new original series as well as a wide selection of older and syndicated content. While many cable cutters will be thrilled to hear the network is making series like The Americans, Atlanta, and Fargo available for streaming, there is one major catch to FX+.
As it turns out, FX+ is only available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers. The streaming service is meant to be an add-on for Comcast customers, giving these unfortunate cable subscribers a way to stream many of their their favorite series on demand without ads. While the move is sure to get many cable cutters’ hopes up, for now FX has for some reason chosen to make the new service available only to subscribers of the most hated cable company in the United States.
For its own part, Comcast has been making moves in an attempt to woo the streaming market or perhaps test the waters for its own over-the-top streaming service. Earlier this year, Comcast announced the upcoming launch of Xfinity Instant TV, a subscription-based streaming television package that would offer live streams of networks alongside on-demand content.
FX+ costs $5.99 a month for Comcast subscribers. Aside from that hitch, there’s also the problem of licensing with other streaming services. Many of FX’s most-watched programs already have streaming deals with other services; The Americans streams on Amazon Prime, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is available on Netflix, while Atlanta is on Hulu. Still, if the service manages to attract a large membership base, it could lead to a standalone FX streaming package in the future. Here’s hoping, anyway.