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'Epix' pay TV service rolls on

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Sep 2009 23:22 User comments (2)

'Epix' pay TV service rolls on In June, the three major motion picture studios, Lionsgate, Paramount, and MGM jointly announced the launch of Epix, an HD online streaming service and HD TV station that will allow users to watch the studio's films, in HD.
The studios have said this week that the expected launch date of late October is still in the cards, and launch day will see blockbuster films on the service, including "Iron Man."

Epix is, technically, a studio-controlled venture that will give cable operators and distributors an easier way to shop for rights for movies on video-on-demand and online video. It may all sound good, but the studios have been having a little trouble securing carriage deals. Comcast even went as far as to say that they are not looking for any new TV-with-fee channels.

Epix only currently has a deal with Verizon FiOS, meaning the site will be available to a minuscule 2.5 million US citizens. The company is in talks with Dish, which would add 14 million households, but currently the talks are just that, talks.

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman is completely faithful in the business model however, and says it will be "cash positive at the end of next year or early the following year."

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer agrees: "We have the right idea and the right value proposition. We're investing in a channel that should have big equity value."

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2 user comments

122.9.2009 3:59

"will allow users to watch the studio's films, for free, in HD"

Only Hollywood would consider something that you have to pay a monthly fee for a "free service".

WTF are these people smoking...and where can I get some? ;-)

222.9.2009 11:10
pphoenix
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Originally posted by KillerBug:
"will allow users to watch the studio's films, for free, in HD"

Only Hollywood would consider something that you have to pay a monthly fee for a "free service".

WTF are these people smoking...and where can I get some? ;-)
is there a subscription fee?

i wouldn't expect anything less than anti consumer from the MPAA though.

MPAA, MPA, FACT, Ect:

# Sony Pictures
# Warner Bros. (Time Warner)
# Universal Studios (NBC Universal)
# The Walt Disney Company
# 20th Century Fox (News Corporation)
# Paramount Pictures Viacom—(DreamWorks owners since February 2006)



The goal of the all the majors now is a rental/subscription based service, this includes music & even with the games market this approach can clearly be seen with sony's nothing less than disgusting approach to its new hand held device that will only support downloaded titles that you are not allowed to sell on.

it has gone from micro payments for old software to full retail prices for software that has no second-hand value whatsoever.
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