Hollywood studio venture Epix brings new content to Netflix Instant on Sept. 1
September first, Netflix instant streaming will get a ton of new content from Viacom, Paramount Pictures, MGM Studios, United Artists, and Lionsgate Films thanks to a deal between Netflix and Studio 3 Partners' joint venture Epix, the companies announced Tuesday.
According to the deal, Netflix will get Epix new releases 90 days after they're made available to pay TV. When Epix was announced in late 2008, President Mark Greenberg said it would launch its on-demand with 15,000 movies and television shows, along with its companion for-pay movie channel.
The channel debuted on Verizon FiOS IPTV in late 2009, and has since been picked up by Cox, Mediacom, Dish Network, and Charter Communications. Comcast, Cablevision, and DirecTV have no plans to support the network.
In 2009, Comcast CEO Stephen Burke called Epix "a bad idea."
By offering its content through Netflix, Epix will be able to reach customers in areas dominated by service providers who do not support the network.
"We are pleased to be able to continue our mission of bringing consumers the movies where they want to watch them, while satisfying the differing needs of cable, telco and satellite operators," Greenberg said in a statement Tuesday.