Universal Ends Movie Output Deal With FX, Steering Films To Streaming Sibling Peacock

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Universal Pictures has been one of the main suppliers of theatrical movies to FX Networks, which several years ago pulled away from off-network series, opting to spend the bulk of its acquisition budget on features instead.

The two sides’ most recent deal ran through 2019 and is not getting renewed, outgoing NBCUniversal Chairman Steve Burke said during the Q&a portion of Comcast’s investor presentation that unveiled the new Peacock streaming platform.

“We are looking to take back – we are taking back the FX window, so Peacock will have every single movie ever made by Universal,” he said. “They just won’t have them in that three-month period [while they are on HBO] and we don’t think that’s a problem. It’s never been a problem for the broadcasters.”

HBO has a deal for the so-called “Pay 1” exclusive window to Universal Pictures movies that comes right after a feature’s DVD release.
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