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Epix Signs Fourth-Largest Cable Carrier

4 Feb, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

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Epix, the high-definition pay-TV and online streaming channel co-owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount Studios, Feb. 4 said it signed a carriage agreement with Charter Communications, the nation's fourth-largest cable operator with 6 million homes in 27 states.

The deal gives St. Louis-based Charter access to box office hits Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Paranormal Activity, Tyler Perry’s film franchise — including Madea Goes to Jail and I Can Do Bad All by Myself — and critically acclaimed Precious, in addition to Epix’s catalog of 15,000 titles.

“Video consumption is evolving, and our customers want access to the best movies and entertainment, when they want it, and on multiple platforms,” said Rich DiGeronimo, VP of product management with Charter.

The cable company, which emerged from bankruptcy in January, is majority owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Epix, which launched Oct. 1 carried by Verizon’s FiOS TV service, announced carriage deals with Cox Communications and New York-based Mediacom last month.

Online DVD rental service Netflix is seeking to acquire licenses to Epix content for its burgeoning streaming service, CEO Reed Hastings said last month.

Through its distribution partnerships, Epix will be available for consumers in nearly 16 million homes by May.

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