Epix Bows App for Windows 8.119 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Epix makes available its premium content to Windows 8.1 authenticated subscribers; first pay-TV network app in the Windows Store
Multiplatform pay-TV channel Epix Dec. 19 bowed an app on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 platform, becoming the first premium TV network available as an authenticated app in the Windows Store. The launch expands Epix’s availability beyond set-top boxes, game consoles, iOS and Android tablets and phones to the rest of the device universe, including PCs and tablets from HP, Dell, Sony and Lenovo.
Epix is a joint venture between Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate, and is available to more than 30 million homes nationwide through multichannel video program distribution partners, including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Dish Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.
“Launching the Epix app on Windows 8.1 expands our collaboration with Microsoft to offer subscribers unparalleled content and experience from any device at any time,” Epix CEO Mark Greenberg said in a statement.
Epix’s portfolio includes more than 3,000 titles on demand, including The Hunger Games, Skyfall, World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness, plus concerts featuring Madonna and Pink, comedy specials with Jenny McCarthy and Patton Oswalt, and documentaries such as TWA Flight 800 and Schooled: The Price of College Sports.
“Apps come to life on Windows 8.1 thanks to features like Live Tiles and search integration,” said Todd Brix, GM of Windows Apps and Store for Microsoft Corp.
Live Tiles enables users to browse the latest content, pause and pin their favorite movies directly to their Start screen to resume watching later directly where they left off.
The ability to stream movies and concerts on the Windows 8.1 system is included as part of the Epix’s premium subscription service. The app is available to Windows 8.1 users in the U.S. as a free download in the Windows Store, with a two week free subscription trial.