updated 10:40 pm EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
On-demand video service coming to media boxes, contains Simpsons World content
According to news from television writer Jason Lynch, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices will gain the FXNow on-demand service within the next 12 months. The news emerged from today's Fox and the FX Network stop on the Television Critics Association Press Tour. With the new app comes "Simpsons World," a new service that provides streaming of the 522 episodes of the animated television series.
FXNOW will make its way to Apple TV, Roku and others in the next 12 months. #TCA14- Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch) July 21, 2014
The FXNow app is already offered on iOS devices, granting users the ability to stream shows from FX, FXX and FXM Networks. The on-demand streaming service gives consumers access to television shows such as Justified, Archer and Fargo. The service, which mimics the popular HBO Go, launched in January.
On top of consumers gaining access to FXNow on Apple TV and Roku, the newly announced Simpsons World will be included in the service. While the new program was originally said to be a web portal and a standalone app, Lynch followed up with clarification. The new Simpsons project would have a website, but the app portion would be available through FXNow in October.
(Also, technically Simpsons World isn't a standalone app. In Oct, it will be accessible via the FXNOW app & http://t.co/l1mr4gBaqa)- Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch) July 22, 2014
FXNow doesn't come without a catch for users that wish to stream the content over mobile devices or set-top boxes. The application requires that users verify a cable or satellite subscription to utilize the service, not unlike other networks that require the same step to view online content. Fox, and other networks like ABC, often require subscription verification to be able to access content on Hulu the day after it aired on television.
Lynch doesn't indicate the other dedicated streaming platforms getting FXNow, but if Roku and Apple TV are named, there aren't many big-name devices remaining for expansion. As the service works on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, it's possible that it could expand to the PlayStation 4. With support for Windows and Android devices, it leaves the Google Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV as a few of the remaining options.