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FX
FX (UK) logo.svg
FX logo
Launched 12 January 2004
Owned by Fox International Channels (News Corporation)
Picture format 576i (SDTV 4:3)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.2% (0.1% for +1) (February 2008, BARB)
Slogan "Uncompromising TV from FOX"
Country United Kingdom
Ireland
Formerly called FX289 (until May 2005)
Timeshift service FX + (1 hour timeshift)
Website www.fxuk.com/
www.FXHDuk.com
Availability
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 164
Channel 165 (FX +)
Channel 193 (HD)
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 157
Channel 158 (HD)
IPTV
TalkTalk TV Channel 10

FX is a television channel in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, owned by Fox, launched in 12 January 2004. It was originally branded as FX289 in reference to its Sky Digital EPG number. It was rebranded to FX in May 2005 as the channel began to move places on the Sky EPG.

FX targets a demographic between 25 to 44 year olds. Unlike its sister channel in the US, FX promotes both FX produced and non-FX produced shows. Some of the most popular shows which air on the channel include Family Guy and American Dad. It has a similar format to its American sister channel FX Networks, with a schedule consisting largely of Fox-produced shows, including comedy such as Family Guy and King of the Hill, and dramas such as The Shield, The X Files, NCIS, NYPD Blue and Dexter. Non-Fox-produced shows rerun or receiving their UK premiere on the channel include Carnivàle, Highlander, JAG, NCIS, Sleeper Cell, E-Ring and Huff, Generation Kill and True Blood.

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Availability

The channel is available in the United Kingdom on Sky Digital, Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV. In the Republic of Ireland the channel is available on Sky Ireland and is now available on UPC Ireland as of January 2010[1].

Shows and additional details

  • 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; Charlie Jade, a co-production between Canada and South Africa; and the Flemish series Matrioshki, which was shown with subtitles.
  • For several weeks starting on the 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 10am, and was repeated in the early hours of the following morning.[1]
  • The channel's 2 hour timeshift service, FX +, 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. On Monday 28 April 2008, FX +1 ceased broadcasting and its slot was replaced with FX HD.
  • On September 1, 2008, to coincide with sky's EPG reshuffle, FX + became a 1 hour timeshift.
  • In February 2009 FX launched their first original program entitled "No Signal" The show is similar to the channel 4 show The Kevin Bishop Show. This is because the layout is set out as a sky TV system.

FX HD

FX HD is a high definition television channel, which launched on Monday 28 April 2008 at 10pm in the UK and Ireland. FX HD broadcasts a completely separate schedule from the standard definition channel. The HD station broadcasts between 7pm and 2am every day, and has been specially created for the Sky+ HD service. FX HD was originally due to launch on 21 April, but as stated on the FX Forums, the reason why the date has been pushed back to 28 April 2008 was down to "technical difficulties at the transmission end" More information here. and here

  • At launch it contained around 90% HD content and will have, in the early months at least, no commercial breaks.
  • From 24 April 2009 FX HD and FX ran the same schedule after 7pm at night.

The channel also joined Virgin Media's digital cable TV lineup on channel 158 on 30 July 2009. [2]

Current programming

Future programming

Former programming

References

External links

Category:Television channels in Ireland

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