Apple adds hit programs from Fox, FX, Speed, Fuel & 20th Century Fox to iTunes Music Store

Fox Entertainment Group and Apple today announced hit television programming from FOX, FX, SPEED, FUEL TV and 20th Century Fox Television library is now available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store. The new Fox programming features 16 series including “24,” “Prison Break” and “The Shield,” is the largest network debut to date on iTunes and spans current hit programming from the drama, comedy and reality genres, plus several classic favorites. iTunes now offers over 90 TV shows for $1.99 per episode for viewing on a computer or iPod.

“As this partnership demonstrates, we’re committed to delivering our content to consumers in as many ways as possible,” said Peter Levinsohn, president, Fox Digital Media, in the press release. “Today, with some of the world’s premier television content, Fox is bringing unprecedented depth—in a single launch—to the iTunes Music Store.”

“We’re thrilled to offer such a wide range of hit programming from Fox Entertainment Group on iTunes,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “Customers can now download smash hits including ‘24,’ ‘Prison Break,’ and ‘The Shield’ from the world’s most popular online video store for viewing on their computer or iPod.”

Fans can now purchase current dramatic hits including FOX’s “24” and “Prison Break” and FX’s “The Shield;” comedies, including FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and FOX’s “Stacked;” reality series, including FOX’s “Unan1mous,” FX’s “Black. White,” and “30 Days;” and favorites from the 20th Century Fox Television library, including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and “Lost in Space.” Additionally, the Fox programming will feature a variety of specialized programming from SPEED, including “Pinks,” “Unique Whips” and FUEL TV’s action sports diary “First Hand.”

iTunes 6 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download from http://www.apple.com/itunes/

Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US only, and video availability varies by country. Television shows are US$1.99 per episode, and music videos and short films are $1.99 each. The iTunes Music Store features a selection of over 9,000 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, and more than three million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent labels.

MacDailyNews Take: Nice to see Fox finally waking up. Hello, CBS? The innertube isn’t going to float. It’s past time to wake up and get with the program. Sheesh, is it any wonder that the petrified network is last one to the party?

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36 Comments

  1. If anyone has bought an episode of 24 can you let us know if it is in widescreen or not? I know the episodes on TV are, but I just checked out a preview on iTunes and it was NOT in widescreen. If it’s not offered in widescreen then that’s definitely a deal breaker for me.

  2. If I was a network I would get all the reality shows on iTunes, or indeed any other service, sharpish. They’re the sort of shows which don’t have any real sort of long term resale value. They should be trying to earn on them as much as possible.

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