FX Opens Up Its Ad-Free FX+ Offering to All Current Subscribers

The network also signs Chris Rock to star in Season 4 of Fargo

Production on Season 4 of Fargo, starring Chris Rock, will begin next year. Getty Images
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It’s been one year since FX launched FX+, in which subscribers can receive commercial-free access to all of FX and FXX’s current original series, as well as many library titles, for an additional $6 a month.

But only Xfinity and some Cox Contour subscribers had been able to sign on for the offering—until now. FX is now opening up FX+ to all of its 90 million cable, satellite and streaming subscribers, the company announced today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A.

FX subscribers can now upgrade to FX+ through FXNetworks.com and watch FX+ on the web, iOS and Android mobile devices and streaming media players like Apple TV and Roku. Xfinity and Cox customers can continue to purchase FX+ through their cable provider.

The offering allows FX to more directly take on competitors HBO and Netflix but gives subscribers the opportunity to watch their content without advertising. Buyers told Adweek last year that while they aren’t happy about FX and AMC’s ad-free offerings for subscribers, the move does make sense in the long run.

In other press tour news from FX, the network has officially ordered a fourth season of Fargo—and signed Chris Rock to star.

Season 4, which will begin production next year, will be set in 1950 Kansas City, Mo., where the heads of battling crime syndicates—one Italian, one African-American (Rock)—have struck an uneasy peace: trading their eldest sons. But that truce unravels when the head of the Kansas City mafia dies after routine surgery.

Noah Hawley, who created the series, based on the 1996 film from the Coen Brothers, will oversee Season 4. Fargo’s third season, which starred Ewan McGregor, aired in spring 2017.

This will be the first time Rock has been involved with an FX project since he executive produced FX’s late-night series Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which ended in 2013.

“I’m a fan of Fargo and I can’t wait to work with Noah,” said Rock in a statement.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.