According to The Hollywood Reporter, News Corp. holdings DirecTV and Fox Entertainment Group announced a deal Thursday that will give the satellite giant's subscribers an unprecedented sneak peek of select primetime series before they air.
Beginning in March, subscribers who order the new DirecTV Plus digital video recorder will be able to access programming from cable network FX one or two days before they premiere for $2.99 per episode.
In addition, Fox Broadcasting Co. will make some of its own primetime series available about one week after their premieres for 99 cents per episode. DirecTV already announced a similar arrangement with NBC Universal in November to make series including Law & Order: Criminal Intent available on DirecTV Plus DVRs. But that deal did not include a prebroadcast component, and its postbroadcast availability was within 24 hours.