MGM-owned TV network Epix jumps into the crowded streaming service market. The company announced at the Television Critics Association press tour that its new streaming service, EpixNow, is launching today with a large movie library and the channel's original TV shows.
The service is a spinoff from the premium cable channel, launched in 2009 and currently counting 15 million subscribers. It costs $ 5.99 a month and is now available to Apple and Google devices and will soon be available to Roku and Amazon Four TV users. Users will also be able to download programming and stream video to connected devices.
While the channel is owned by MGM, it is not a streaming service covering the larger study. An Epix spokeswoman says the channel has distribution agreements covering many of the movies from MGM, Paramount and Lionsgate movies, which include films such as J.J. Abrams Star Trek, Alex Garlands Annihilation Denis Villenvues Arrival James Camerons Terminator 2: Judgment Day and John Krasinski's A Quiet Place . The platform's TV selection is available to Epix's original shows such as Berlin Station, and Deep State available, rather than the larger back catalog that MGM holds .
Epix spokeswoman tells The Verge that the company decided to start now because it has a "steady stream of content coming this year "including the upcoming Batman prequel Pennyworth the just announced adaptation of Slate's podcast Slow Burn and new seasons of his existing shows. And the company builds its catalog according to Variety reporting that MGM has "ramped up" Epix's original content offerings.
Epix and MGM face an increasingly crowded marketplace when it comes to streaming services. The entrance of yet another streaming platform feels like another nail in the preverbal coffin for the argument that it is cheaper to split cable and consume all your content via streaming services like Netflix of Hulu. As consumer behavior has changed in the light of expensive cable channel packages, large studies have evolved and the number of independent platforms has increased accordingly.
As a consumer, you have plenty of opportunities to take along. Aside from the major supporters like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime (and niches like DC Universe), companies like Apple, CBS, Disney and WarnerMedia will launch their own big platforms this year, while NBCUniversal launches its own streaming platform by 2020. nor the first streaming platform from MGM: it launched Stargate Command in 2017, a dedicated platform that hosted content from the science fiction franchise. EpixNow has some good things to do: it has a good selection of movies that are not necessarily available on Netflix or Hulu. Whether it will be enough to attract new subscribers, it must be seen.