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June 9, 2009

Epix to offer new movies online - for free

Posted: 11:46 AM ET

Movie studios Lionsgate, MGM, and Paramount/Viacom have teamed up provide a new outlet for their films. Joint venture Epix promises popular movies from all three studios before they hit DVD, and the best part is, cable subscribers can watch on TV or on demand from EpixHD.com for free.

EpixHD.com

While currently in private beta testing, Epix may soon be in your cable lineup competing with premium channels HBO, Showtime and Cinemax. Epix is working to negotiate deals with cable and satellite providers to offer the channel as part of the standard TV lineup. Ars Technica reports that corresponding online content will then be available to any cable and satellite customer who also subscribes to the same provider's Internet service:

Epixhd.com will only be available to people who subscribe to one provider's TV offering and also subscribe to that same provider's Internet offering. That is, if Comcast were to offer Epix, users would need to pay for both Comcast cable and Comcast Internet in order to access the streaming, on-demand service. That's good for Comcast, and it helps them cover the cost of the service.

It appears that the success of online TV service Hulu and Netflix On Demand may have finally convinced production studios that Internet distribution can be profitable.

An invite-only beta of Epixhd.com began Monday, with a sign-up form for rolling admission over the next few months. With any luck, network negotiations will be successful and we can enjoy films like the new Star Trek on our laptops before they reach DVD... and without having to wait on BitTorrent.

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brett   June 9th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

Sounds Great. I'm a little disappointed with the writer though as he seems to give equal credence to buying a DVD and stealing...aka bittorrent. Theft is theft. it should be treated as such.


Pete   June 9th, 2009 7:29 pm ET

The site says its in private beta. private beta??? there is a new oxymoron born every minute.


The real Bret   June 9th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

You mean people actually buy DVDs?
And who watches blockbusters like Star Trek on a laptop?

The crux of the matter is that we are witnessing a revolution in how entertainment content is delivered. When fiber optic lines become commonplace, ALL media will be available for streaming/download.
On Demand programming will be the norm.

Cable companies like Comcast and the dish companies like DirecTV will feel the pinch as viewers seek to cut out the middle man in the process.
The middle man will be the company that runs and maintains the fiber optic lines.

Local TV stations will go the way of local newspapers as they are rendered obsolete by the onslaught of programming available on the internet. Perhaps they'll simply stream their programs rather than broadcast them over the air?

Oh yeah, Happy Birthday.


Michael   June 10th, 2009 12:10 am ET

If its anything like ESPN360 most cable companies wont sign on to it.


dustin   June 10th, 2009 9:59 am ET

how is private beta testing an oxymoron... its a beta test for invited parties only... a lot of companies do it... usually most are video game companies. They usually do it that way so they dont have to use a lot of resources for beta its easier for 1000 people to test something first before allowing 1000000. Other wise you would have several thousand people reporting a common problem that half or less then that could do. (less paper work to go thru)


STEVEN   June 11th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

So this is the big new Pirate bay But sense someone else is paying its free so its not steeling. We just have to watch the crappy sales commercials.


Bruce Phillips   June 14th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Another way for the media companies to control the little people.
I will keep using bit torrent- there is a world of free tv on the internet. I think some exec's are going to need to loose more market share before they see the error of their ways.
No Cable no Satellite since 2004 and loving it.

a pox on Scifi network for blocking Torchwood's BBC site with their legal BS.


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