A few news items and site updates for mid-September 2021.
American Horror Stories is a spin-off of the long-running FX horror anthology series American Horror Story, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The difference with this new series is that each episode is a self-contained story with different performers, rather than having a season-long arc.
In the United States, American Horror Stories (we'll be shortening to AHStories for brevity while making clear it's a distinct series from the original AHS) premiered on Hulu, as part of the "FX on Hulu" hub, on Thursday, July 15.
Up to this point, FX Canada, which is operated under licence by Rogers, has aired other FX on Hulu series like Devs and Mrs. America. However, on its official / verified Twitter account, FX Canada has now made clear that it will not be airing AHStories, though it will carry future installments of the main AHS series:
Instead, Canadians have two options. First, all episodes of AHStories released in the U.S. to date are also available to purchase on digital retailers like the Apple TV / iTunes Store and the Google Play Store for $2.99 to $3.49 per episode, or $14.99 to $19.99 for a season pass (including upcoming episodes in the current season).
Second, according to an August programming list that Disney sent to multiple media outlets, AHStories will be available to stream on Disney+ / Star in Canada beginning on Wednesday, August 25. It's not yet clear if episodes will be released weekly or all at once. Disney is, of course, the parent company of FX and Hulu, as well as of 20th Television, the main production company behind both AHS and AHStories.
Since the launch of Star on Disney+ in Canada (and several other countries) earlier in 2021, many new Disney-produced Hulu original programs, like Love, Victor and M.O.D.O.K., have been added to Disney+ in Canada and elsewhere as "Star Originals". And Disney+ / Star had already said it would be adding AHStories to the service in other countries like the United Kingdom. However, it seems it took a bit longer for the Canadian plans for AHStories to be firmed up.
- July 29, 2021 – noted that episodes are also available to purchase on iTunes and Google Play
- July 25, 2021 – updated to reflect the confirmation the series will air on Disney+ in Canada
Thanks to reader Doug L. for their question that originally prompted this post.