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Epix Seeks Largest Online Movie Library

21 Sep, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Epix, the HD pay-TV and online streaming channel co-owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount Studios, Sept. 21 said it intends to stockpile more than 3,000 classic movies — many in digital format for the first time by 2010.

The New York-based service, which goes live next month on Verizon FiOS and with other distribution partners, said Epix Megaplex will include classic library titles, film franchises, award winners and genre movies.

The move by media companies to offer movies and TV shows to consumers on multiple platforms include Time Warner’s “TV Everywhere” and online repurposed sites Hulu and TV.com, among others.

“We have begun a digital migration that will help our distribution partners offer the deepest movie programming option to their customers,” said Emil Rensing, chief digital officer at Epix. “We see this as a chance to further uphold our commitment to Epix subscribers: building a service that delivers on the anytime, anywhere, any platform promise.”

Studio partners Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount have a combined catalog that totals more than 15,000 films, including such franchies as “James Bond,” “Pink Panther,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Trek, “The Godfather,” “Saw” and Tyler Perry films.

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