MGM-owned premium channel Epix today announced the launch of its standalone streaming service, Epix Now, which will be priced at $5.99 per month.
At launch, the service is available for Android and iOS devices along with Apple TV. The company said the service is launching soon on Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and that additional support for devices will continue to roll out over the course of the year.
Epix Now subscribers will get access to Epix original series including “Pennyworth” and “Godfather of Harlem” as well as an on-demand library of films including 4K Ultra HD content. The service will provide access to all four of Epix’s live linear channels. The company said the app will allow users to stream content from the app to any connected TV screen and to download movies and episodes for offline viewing.
“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.”
At about $6 per month, Epix Now is priced competitively with streaming apps from other premium channels. HBO Now costs $14.99 per month, Showtime Now costs $11.99 per month and Starz costs $8.99 per month.
“Epix has always been committed to reaching consumers wherever and however they want to watch content,” said Monty Sarhan, Epix's executive vice president and general manager, in a statement. “We’re incredibly excited that Epix Now expands our national footprint through new partnerships and allows Epix fans to continue to watch the shows they know and love anywhere, anytime.”
Launching its own standalone streaming service should increase Epix’s reach. The company launched last year on Comcast’s X1 video platform, giving the pay TV provider’s subscribers the option to purchase and access Epix through their set-top boxes. Epix also made its 4K video content available last year through Dish Network and T-Mobile’s Layer3 TV.