EPIX Partners with Xbox 360 to Deliver Voice-Controlled Experience to Authenticated EPIX Subscribers
NEW YORK, NY, December 5, 2011 – Reaching another milestone in its mission to be on every screen where audiences are looking for hit content, EPIX today announced the launch of its app as part of Microsoft’s December 6 introduction of the new Xbox LIVE service. A leader in multiplatform availability, EPIX will provide authenticated subscribers streaming access on Xbox 360 to over 3,000 titles including a high definition lineup of new releases like Rango, Iron Man 2 and True Grit, big movie franchises Star Trek, Saw andJames Bond, along with high profile original music, comedy and sports events. The EPIX app utilizes the powerful capabilities of Xbox including voice search, gesture and voice commands.
“The combination of EPIX premium entertainment and the innovations of the Xbox platform offer a powerful and unparalleled experience. By working with the Microsoft Xbox team and our affiliated cable, satellite and telco partners, we’re taking another step forward in delivering great programming how, when and where viewers want to see it ,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO.
“Our partnership with EPIX marks a significant milestone in our vision to bring consumers all their favorite entertainment, shared with the people they care about, made easy,” said Pete Thompson, General Manager, Xbox LIVE. “By bringing EPIX to the Xbox LIVE service and adding the magic of Kinect, we are transforming the way consumers experience entertainment forever.”
The ability to stream full movies and concerts on the Xbox LIVE service is included as part of the premium subscription service available through cable, satellite and telco distributors, which includes EPIX and its multiplex channels, EPIX SVOD and EpixHD.com. EPIX is working with affiliated partners including DISH Network, Mediacom Communications and Verizon FiOS to engage viewers as well as add new subscribers among the large universe of Xbox LIVE customers.
“As we become available on more popular and leading devices like Xbox, we will be able to build a relationship with a younger audience that will help drive business for our partners,” added Greenberg.
“We’re pleased to partner with EPIX in our efforts to increase the number of online movies available to our subscribers,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH. “DISH Network is committed to offering the most robust video content while giving our customers the most options for when and where they choose to watch it.”
In addition to Xbox, authenticated subscribers can access EPIX content on hundreds of other devices.
EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a premium entertainment service available on television, video-on-demand, online and on consumer electronic devices. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood hits, classic feature films, documentaries and original concerts, comedy and sporting events on all platforms. EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry’s most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available to authenticated subscribers onEpixHD.com and on hundreds of devices including iPads and iPhones, Android™ tablets and mobile phones, Roku® players, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players, Xbox consoles and more. EPIX is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.
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