Over the past few years, streaming rights have become more and more critical to the long-term success of your show. Sometimes, it does matter precisely where you end up in terms of generating more revenue and views for your show.
To us, there is bar-none no better home for a show than Netflix for streaming. This is the provider that turned “Breaking Bad” into a ratings sensation in its final season, and also was essential to “The Walking Dead” quickly becoming one of the biggest shows on all TV. Basically, what we’re saying here is that they have been a really boon to many AMC series over the years. They’ve also been an ally for FX series, including “Sons of Anarchy” and “American Horror Story,” over the years.
Now, the service has landed the exclusive streaming rights to “American Crime Story,” starting with “The People v. OJ Simpson.” The entire first season of this anthology series, which has been nominated for over 20 Emmy Awards, will start streaming globally (with the exception of Canada) in 2017. Future seasons of the show will premiere on the service in the years that follow. The second season of the series, themed around Hurricane Katrina, is slated to premiere at some point in 2017 on FX.
What makes this acquisition an interesting situation for FX is that since every season is a completely new story, they may not have the ratings carry-over that a show like “Breaking Bad” or “Sons of Anarchy” did; yet, at least this streaming deal could further show viewers that this is one of the strongest shows on the air, and that future seasons are worth checking out live, even if it does mean having to sit through commercials.
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