By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 01 Apr 2010
Epix, the high-definition pay-TV and online streaming channel co-owned by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount Studios, is one of two new movie options Cox Communications is rolling out to subscribers today in Virginia.
Cox is the nation’s No. 3 cable operator.
First announced in January, Cox April 1 began offering select customers in Roanoke and Hampton Roads access to Epix and Vutopia, the latter an upstart video-on-demand (VOD) service.
Epix gives Cox 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 acatalog of 15,000 titles.
Epix is also available to second-tier customers as a standalone purchase for $11.99 per month, and Vutopia is offered for $9.99 per month.
Cox also rolled out new branded high-definition channels, including Hallmark HD, Disney XD HD, NBA TV HD, ESPN U HD, and ESPN News HD.
Hallmark HD provides family-friendly programming, in addition to a mix of popular television series, including "The Golden Girls," "I Love Lucy," "Touched By An Angel," "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" and "7th Heaven."
Disney XD HD airs action-based children's animated television series, with some live-action programming and movies.
“The video business is evolving, especially the way in which customers consume movies, and the movie products they value,” Bob Wilson, SVP of programming for Cox, said in January. “Our cross-platform distribution of Epix will increase our customers’ anytime/anyplace access to content and increase their convenience and satisfaction.”
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