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Fox (British and Irish TV channel)

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Fox
FOX wordmark-orange.svg
Final logo as Fox (2015−2021)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Ireland
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceFox +1
Ownership
OwnerFox Networks Group
(Disney International Operations/Disney UK & Ireland)
Sister channels
History
Launched12 January 2004; 18 years ago (12 January 2004)
Closed1 July 2021; 10 months ago (1 July 2021)
Replaced bySky Nature (on Sky)
Former namesFX289 (2004–05)
FX (2005–2013)

Fox (stylised as FOX) was a British pay television channel serving the United Kingdom and Ireland, owned by Fox Networks Group, a unit of Disney International Operations. It launched on 12 January 2004 as FX289, then changed its name to FX in April 2005 (similar to the American FX), and rebranded to FOX in January 2013. Featuring a mix of comedies and drama series, the channel's programming targeted adults from 18 to 35 years old.[1]

It was announced on 17 May 2021 that Fox would cease broadcasting the UK and Ireland on 1 July 2021. Most of its content was moved to Star on Disney+.[2] The channel ceased broadcasting as planned on that day.

History

FX289 (2004–05)

The channel launched on 12 January 2004[3][4] branded as FX289, in reference to its Sky EPG number.[5] In its early years, it mainly broadcast films from the 20th Century Studios library.

FX (2005–2013)

On 21 April 2005, the channel was rebranded as FX as it moved in the Sky EPG.[4][5] As FX, the channel targeted a demographic of mainly males.[5] Unlike its American counterpart, it promoted and aired both Fox-produced and non-Fox-produced shows. It had a similar format to its American sister channel, with a schedule consisting largely of Fox-produced shows, including comedies such as Arrested Development, Family Guy,[6] American Dad! and King of the Hill, and dramas such as Millennium, The Shield, The X-Files, and NYPD Blue. Non-Fox-produced shows rerun or receiving their UK premiere on the channel include The Walking Dead,[6] Falling Skies,[6] Babylon 5, Carnivàle, Highlander, JAG,[6] NCIS,[6] Sleeper Cell, E-Ring and Huff, Nip/Tuck, Generation Kill, True Blood,[6] Mob City and Dexter.[6] The channel also produced original content such as the sketch show No Signal![7]

FX logo (2011–2013)
FX logo (2011–2013)

Fox (2013–2021)

The channel was rebranded as Fox at 9:00 p.m. GMT on 11 January 2013 with the beginning of the tenth season of NCIS.[6] With this change, the target demographic switched to both men and women aged between 18 and 35 years old.[1] New programmes added to the schedule included Louie, The Ricki Lake Show, Men at Work, Da Vinci's Demons and the second season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, while many of the programmes that featured on FX continued to broadcast such as The Walking Dead, Dexter, True Blood, Falling Skies, Family Guy, and NCIS. Fox also planned to commission up to 50 hours of original UK content by the end of the year, expecting to spend between £5m and £10m.[8]

Fox was removed from the BT YouView platform on 1 March 2016. BT stated in an e-mail to customers that Fox had "changed the way they offer their TV channels to TV providers."[9] Following Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, including Fox Networks Group International, the channel falls under ultimate ownership of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International.

In February 2019, the channel rebranded for the first time in more than four years. The rebrand included a new on-air identity which is more modern compared to earlier logos and idents.[10]

Closure

On 17 May 2021, Disney announced that Fox would be closing at the end of June, with all of the channel's content moving to Star hub of Disney+.[2] "On 30 June, the Fox channel in the UK will close," announced a spokesperson for the broadcaster. "Many titles will become available on Star on Disney+ and will be announced in the near future. We appreciate the support of our UK fans and can't wait to keep sharing the best stories with you. Star on Disney+ serves as the home of movies and television from Disney's creative studios, including Disney Television Studios (20th Television and ABC Signature), FX Productions and 20th Century Studios."[2]

The channel closed on 1 July 2021,[11][12] with its website redirecting to Disney+.[2] The final programme that was scheduled to be shown on Fox was The Republic of Doyle, season 5, episode 12: "Sleight of Hand" at 4:00 to 5:00am on Fox HD/SD and from 5:00 to 6:00am on Fox +1.[13] One hour of teleshopping was broadcast on each channel before a screen card stating the channel had closed was shown, though the teleshopping was not on the EPG listings on Fox +1.

On Sky, Fox was on channel 124. On 1 July 2021, after Fox's closure, Sky Nature was moved from channel 130 to channel 124. Its secondary channel was not moved, which remained on channel 893.[14]

Timeshift

Fox operated a one-hour timeshift named Fox +1. The channel originally launched as a two-hour timeshift service, as FX +, and was joined on Sky by FX +1 on 10 December 2007. The branding of sister timeshift channel FX + had not been changed to reflect this, causing confusion due to the two being very similar in name (FX +, FX +1), with viewers assuming a mistake or a double-over of the channel.[15]

On Monday 28 April 2008, FX +1 ceased broadcasting and its slot was replaced with FX HD. On 1 September 2008, to coincide with Sky's EPG reshuffle, FX + became a 1-hour timeshift. The channel was rebranded as Fox + on 11 January 2013, in line with the main channel. The channel was renamed to Fox +1 on 18 March 2017.[16] (The channel's former name, Fox +, is not to be confused with the Latin American group of premium channels later known as Fox Premium, which used the name "Fox+" from 3 November 2014 until they were rebranded to the later name on 11 March 2017.)

Fox HD

Fox HD was a high definition simulcast of the channel, which launched on Monday 28 April 2008 at 10:00pm as FX HD. It initially broadcast a completely separate schedule from the standard definition channel, with only HD content and without ads.

FX HD was originally due to launch on 21 April 2008,[17] but as stated on the FX Forums the date was pushed back to 28 April 2008 due to "technical problems at the transmission end".[18]

On 24 April 2009, FX HD become a simulcast of FX, broadcasting HD content when possible but only broadcasting between 7:00pm and 2:00am every day. On 5 January 2010, FX HD increased its broadcast hours to match its SD counterpart.

The channel also joined Virgin Media's digital cable TV lineup on channel 158 on 30 July 2009.[19]

The channel was rebranded as Fox HD on 11 January 2013, in line with the main channel.[20]

Funny As Fox

Similar to Fox's Animation Domination in America. Funny as Fox was a programming block which aired shows similarly to its American counterpart, such as Family Guy and American Dad! (both now shown on ITV2). The block name was the same as Fox's slogan. Funny As Fox used to air People Of Earth until late 2019.

Funny As Fox aired, on some days, from 9pm to 4am. This was regularly not the case as some premieres shown on Fox were shown around 9pm to 11pm so the block normally aired from 11pm to 4am. The main slogan for the block was 'Late Night, Every Night... Literally!.'.

Programming

As well as British and American programming, the channel has aired a number of international programmes. These include Last Man Standing and The Nominees from Australia; Jo from France; Charlie Jade, a co-production between Canada and South Africa; and the Flemish series Matrioshki, which was shown with subtitles.

Original content has also aired on the channel, including No Signal! which aired from February to April 2009.

For several weeks from 5 December 2005, FX carried a strand of programming from the Fox-owned American channel Fuel TV. The strand was identified as FX Presents Fuel TV, and made use of Fuel TV's US branding graphics. The strand ran for an hour from 10:00a.m., and was repeated in the early hours of the following morning. In August 2015, Fox announced that a variety of Adult Swim programming would air on the channel including adult animated sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty, starting Thursday, 10 September of that year.[21] On 10 September 2015, Adult Swim moved to Fox along with truTV, airing Rick and Morty and Mr. Pickles as its first day line up.[22] As of 2016, it aired on Fridays from Midnight to 1:00 a.m.

Final programming

Former programming

References

  1. ^ a b "FOX". Fox International Channels. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Kanter, Jake (17 May 2021). "Fox Channel To Close In The UK, With Shows Like 'War Of The Worlds' Moving To Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  3. ^ "FX UK: a big new channel from FOX - Post 148062 - TV Forum". tvforum.uk. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b Jay, Alan (14 April 2005). "FX moves EPG positions on Sky". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Chapman, Iain (7 September 2004). "FX289 to undergo design revamp". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Martinovic, Paul (11 January 2013). "FX becomes FOX: New promo video, idents released". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ Busfield, Steve (6 February 2009). "Organ Grinder: Can homegrown FX show No Signal live up to The Wire and Family Guy?". The Guardian.
  8. ^ White, Peter (10 January 2013). "Fox to spend millions on original UK content push". Broadcast. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  9. ^ Gamp, Joe (10 February 2016). "BT loses FOX channel deal ahead of new 'The Walking Dead' series". NME. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  10. ^ "FOX UK Rebrand 2019: Ident B". YouTube.
  11. ^ Gevertz, Jack (30 June 2021). "Here's why Fox UK is no longer available to watch on TV". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  12. ^ Mustafa, Filiz (1 July 2021). "Viewers react to Fox closing in the UK: Here's what Disney said about the change". HITC. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  13. ^ "FOX SCHEDULE - 30 JUN". Fox. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  14. ^ "List of line-up changes on Sky (UK and Ireland) in 2021 – TVCL – TV Channel Lists". www.tvchannellists.com.
  15. ^ "fox +1 – Entertainment Interactive". www.entertainment-iuk.com. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Overnights.tv - TV Ratings News".
  17. ^ Welsh, James; Wilkes, Neil (8 April 2008). "FXHD to launch this month". Digital Spy.
  18. ^ "FX HD to launch on the 21st? Is this correct please?". FX. 4 September 2008. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012.
  19. ^ "Virgin Media and Channel 4 bring 4HD to millions of TV screens". Virgin Media. 29 July 2009. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  20. ^ "FX rebrands as FOX for 2013". Digital Spy. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Rick and Morty are coming to FOX UK". Digital Spy. 5 August 2015.
  22. ^ [1] "Adult Swim UK's First Official Night On FOX UK HD Continuity," on YouTube
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