In an unprecedented deal, the entire catalogue of the long-running animated series ‘The Simpsons’ will soon become available on cable and streaming. The massive deal brokered between the series’ producers and FXX, the young spin-off station of FX and part of the 20th Century FOX Family where the show was initially created, will see 24 years and 530 episodes become available next August.
FXX won out on an especially heated bidding war for one of the most enduring and beloved television franchises of all time, and one that is still churning out episodes, even if they aren’t as popular as the classic ones.
So, how much does ‘The Simpsons’ go for? The exact numbers have yet to be released, but it’s looking like at least $750 million will be paid for the collection, and possibly even closer to $1 billion. For those doing the math at home, it’s roughly $1.4 million per episode.
Still, more episodes will become available once the new ones have aired, with at least two more seasons in the works after it was announced the series will return for a 26th season.
FXX is set to make ‘The Simpsons’ available in August 2014, and their mobile app, FXNOW, will be launching soon and also carry the series. The current and 25th season of ‘The Simpsons’ will become available a month later, though if some were eagerly awaiting that block of episodes, they would have needed to binge over 500 in a month (challenge offered).
The length of the deal is expected to be around 10 years, and includes VOD rights, also yet to be specified.
So, while FXX and company are the winners, it means that Netflix and Hulu, among a reported five other networks, are the losers. Alas.