American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Launched in October 2009, EPIX is the youngest of the major premium television channels in the United States, and is currently led by President Michael Wright. Paramount Pictures has been involved in the pay television industry since the 1950s. The proposal was revised twice to address these issues and others cited by HBO executives in responses to a civil antitrust showtime beyond programming against the Showtime-Movie Channel merger that was filed by the Justice Department on June 10, 1983.
Both of Showtime’s tenures with Paramount ended in acrimony. Showtime over the licensing rates for which they wanted Showtime to compensate them to allow future releases to air on the Showtime Networks services. 50 per subscriber from prospective providers. On August 28, 2009, Epix offered a free preview to Verizon FiOS subscribers, showing select films that would be offered by the channel upon its formal debut.
The Epix television service officially launched at 8:00 p. Eastern Time on October 30, 2009 on Verizon FiOS systems, becoming the first U. On August 10, 2010, Netflix announced that it had reached an exclusive licensing deal with Epix, allowing subscribers of the streaming service to access movie titles released by Epix’s content distributors to which the channel holds television and primary streaming rights. 2009, its films were available via Epix.
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Epix multiplex, with all four channels being offered to its subscribers in a three-month free preview upon its initial rollout. On August 31, 2015, Epix announced that it had signed a multi-year nonexclusive licensing contract in which Hulu would obtain the partial streaming rights to its feature film content. The future of Epix was placed into question through transactions involving Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate during the latter half of 2016. On June 30, Lionsgate agreed to acquire Starz Inc. 4 billion in cash and stock.
Epix airs blockbuster movies, original series, documentaries, and comedy and music specials. Similar to EPIX2, the channel features movies, first-run films, and original series and specials. The channel features a mix of action, comedy, science fiction and horror films from the 1970s to the present. T U-verse, legacy Time Warner Spectrum systems, Dish Network, EPB Fiber Optics, and Sling TV. EPIX HD is the network’s online on-demand service that is available on Epix. Epix On Demand is Epix’s television video on demand service that is available to the channel’s subscribers at no additional cost.
It offers feature films, and original concert and stand-up comedy specials that were previously seen on the network. Epix On Demand’s rotating program selection incorporates select new titles that are added each Friday, alongside existing program titles held over from the previous one to two weeks. Epix currently has exclusive deals with major and smaller independent movie studios. Thereafter, Epix remained active in producing other original programming exclusively for the channel, including documentaries, sports, comedy, and music specials. In early 2015, Epix renewed its original scripted programming efforts after a four-year embargo, emphasizing development of drama series.
Epix also serves as the broadcast rightsholder for the Bellator Fighting Championships mixed martial arts tournament, which carries its events over multiplex channel EPIX2, instead of the primary channel. John Malone’s Interests in Starz and Lionsgate Finally Aligned”. New Pay TV Channel Picks Epix, Brand Will Rival HBO, Showtime”. You Movies Before They Hit DVD for Free”. With ‘Homeland,’ Showtime Makes Gains on HBO”.