DirecTV: No Plans to Launch Epix

It looks like Dish Network will remain the exclusive U.S. satellite distributor for Epix, as rival DirecTV says it won’t launch the premium channel and Website owned by Viacom. 

DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the company has no plans to launch Epix. The network also has distribution deals with Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon’s FiOS TV.
 
Epix has relied on a multiplatform distribution strategy, allowing subscribers to access movies on its linear HD network and EpixHD.com. Dish subscribers will also be able to access Epix content through the DISHOnline.com portal. 
 
Providing a large library of online movies to customers appears to be a key focus for Charlie Ergen's Dish, which counts about 14 million subscribers. On Wednesday, the day after it agreed to launch Epix, Dish emerged as the winner of an auction for Blockbuster Inc. Dish is expected to use Blockbuster's assets to build an online movie service that could compete with Netflix
 
Epix offers its subscribers access to more than 3,000 films on its Website and the portals of its affiliates. The network declined to break out how much Web traffic its movies generate compared the viewing it sees through its linear network and video-on-demand usage. 
 
Following the Dish Deal, Epix is available in more than 30 million homes. It counts 8.5 million subscribers. 
 

 

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