Epix Debuts Epix Now Streaming Service, Starts With Mobile
Joining the direct-to-consumer club, movie network Epix announced the launch of Epix Now, a subscription streaming service that sells for $5.99 per month. The service combines live TV streams with a library of thousands of on-demand movies. Original series unique to the service include Pennyworth (showing the early years of Batman's butler), Punk (a documentary series led by Iggy Pop), and Perpetual Grace, LTD (a modern film noir series staring Ben Kingsley).
While premium viewers are migrating to the living room, Epix decided to offer Epix Now to mobile viewers first. The service is currently available through iOS and Android apps, so Apple TV owners are the only ones who can get the service on their televisions. Epix plans to launch Roku and Amazon Fire TV apps soon.
Besides live streaming and on-demand viewing, Epix Now lets subscribers download shows and movies for offline viewing. The company didn't specify if all content is available for offline viewing or only some. The service also offers 4K streaming to supported devices, but the company didn't say how much content is available in 4K.
“Launching Epix Now and providing consumers nationwide with access to our premium original programming and blockbuster movies is an exciting moment for our company and solidifies our commitment to bring high-level storytelling to as many people as possible," says Michael Wright, president of Epix. "We look forward to welcoming new audiences to our network.”
Epix is owned by MGM.
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