According to Deadline, newly launched Fox network FXX has acquired the exclusive cable rights to The Simpsons, beating out at least five other major networks in a massive bidding war.
The deal is said to be the biggest off-network deal in TV history, and is expected to come in somewhere around $750 million. The Simpsons, which recently signed on for a 26th season with Fox, will begin airing on FXX in August 2014. During its initial airing, the network will have exclusive rights to the first 24 seasons of the show that include over 530 episodes.
“The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. “This was a very long, hard and complicated negotiation and I credit the relentlessness and diligence of Chuck Saftler [FX Networks COO] for getting it done.”
“This is a historic deal for FXX and FX Networks and I don’t believe there will ever be another one like it,” Saftler said.
In addition to exclusive airing rights, FXX will also make the show available on its upcoming mobile app FXNOW and the network’s VOD service.