Multiplatform Premium Programming Service, Epix, Secures Carriage Deal with DISH Network

--Says Deal Means Service Will Be Available to 30 Million Homes by Next Month

Epix, a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has previously announced carriage deals with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox, Charter, Mediacom and the NCTC, said Monday that it has now secured a carriage deal with DISH Network, giving it access to an additional 14.1 million potential customers. The new deal, which will see Epix launching on DISH Network this month, is the service's first national distribution deal. "Teaming with DISH Network to make Epix available to its more than 14 million satellite TV customers is a major step forward for us as we expand our national footprint," Epix president and CEO, Mark Greenberg, said in a prepared statement. "DISH Network is committed to delivering the very best in HD entertainment, and recognizes that Epix is an important part of that experience."

The new deal with DISH Network, together with the five other carriage deals Epix has signed to date, mean that its service will be available in 30 million homes by next month, the company says. Epix--which enjoys 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--claims to have over 15,000 HD and SD movies in its library, as well as original programming, and comedy and concert programming. It says that it provides consumers with over 200 titles per month, via its linear channel, via pay-TV operator VOD platforms and via its online service, It also plans to offer an enhanced service, dubbed Epix Megaplex, which it says will deliver over 3,000 films anytime, anywhere.

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