Premium network Epix, which is owned by MGM, announced a new distribution deal with AT&T to make Epix available on DirecTV beginning May 19. The service, which will cost subscribers $5.99 per month, will launch soon on streaming TV service DirecTV Now
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“AT&T has been a tremendous partner of ours over the years. We are extremely excited about launching on DirecTV and expanding Epix’s availability nationwide. This is an incredibly important platform for us and a truly momentous launch for our network,” said Monty Sarhan, executive vice president and general manager at Epix, in a statement.
For Epix, which offers original series including the upcoming “Pennyworth” and “Godfather of Harlem,” along with thousands of movies (including 4K titles), the DirecTV deal puts in place a major distribution piece the channel has been missing since its launch in 2009. And, it’s the second major distribution deal the company has closed in the span of a year.
In May 2018, Epix launched on Comcast’s X1 platform, as well as the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. At the time of the launch, Epix said it had expanded its reach to about 70 million homes across traditional and emerging distributors.
This year, Epix also launched its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, Epix Now. The service—which is available on Android and iOS along with Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices—is also priced at $5.99 per month.
“2019 is poised to be an incredible year of growth for our network,” said Michael Wright, president of Epix, in a statement. “Launching Epix Now and providing consumers nationwide with access to our premium original programming and blockbuster movies is an exciting moment for our company, and solidifies our commitment to bring high-level storytelling to as many people as possible. We look forward to welcoming new audiences to our network.”