Epix continues to build base with Dish Network deal

Who said there's no place for another entertainment network--especially one that doesn't restrict itself to the television? Epix, the jointly backed venture of Viacom, Lionsgate, Paramount and MGM proposes to stream content across the TV, computer and mobile phone, and it has just signed a deal with Dish Network and its customer base of 14.1 million satellite lovers.

Epix has had to overcome more than just the stigma of being yet another movie network--it holds access to over 15,000 titles. It also instantly linked itself with Verizon FiOS which in the past could have meant a cold shoulder from the cable industry. On the contrary, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Mediacom Communications have all given the service a warm reception and with Dish on board it's possible Epix could reach 30 million homes.

Not to be mired with its movie catalog--limited as it is by the joint members that run the company--Epix is also creating original content including a comedy series about Silicon Valley.

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