Epix in Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Cox Communications

--Deal is Epix's Second with an MSO

Epix--a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009--announced Monday that it has secured a multiplatform (linear, on-demand and online) distribution agreement with cable MSO, Cox Communications, that will see it being made available to Cox's movie tier customers starting in April. The deal is Epix's second with an MSO: until now, it has been available only through Verizon FiOS TV. "The video business is evolving, especially the way in which customers consume movies, and the movie products they value," Bob Wilson, Cox's SVP of programming, said in a prepared statement. "This agreement will allow Cox to work closely with Epix and its studio partners to transform and enhance viewer access to movies across multiple availability windows and platforms--linear, transactional movies-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand and online. Our cross-platform distribution of Epix will increase our customers' anytime/anyplace access to content and increase their convenience and satisfaction."

According to Epix, entertainment offerings that will be available to Cox movie tier customers on multiple platforms following the April launch will include movies such as "Star Trek," "GI Joe," "Paranormal Activity," "Madea Goes to Jail," and "Precious" (note: Epix claims that its library includes 15,000 HD and SD movies); music and comedy specials such as "Madonna Sticky & Sweet: Live from Buenos Aries" and "Sam Kinison Back from Hell"; and "Tough Trade," a new original series, currently in production, that stars Sam Shepard, Lucas Black and Cary Elwes.

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