FX recently paid a hefty $55 million for the exclusive network rights to five of Twentieth Century Fox's theatrical films. According to Variety, the films include The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard and Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. The other two movies are Death Sentence and Hitman.

The films will become available to FX during the first part of 2009. They will first complete an exclusive pay cable run on HBO. FX was quick to pony up the hefty sum because its primetime schedule relies on these types of first run films.

As part of the deal, at least two of these films will later be sold to a broadcast network.

B. Alan Orange