MGM-owned premium network Epix today announced that its streaming service Epix Now is adding support for Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.
Epix Now, which is priced at $5.99 per month, launched in February with support for Android and iOS devices along with Apple TV. In addition to adding Roku and Fire TV to its compatibility list, Epix said it’s working on adding support for more devices over the course of the year.
“Today’s announcement is part of an ongoing rollout of Epix Now, making our streaming service available to everyone no matter where or how they want to watch TV,” said Michael Wright, president of Epix, in a statement. “We’re excited to launch on the Roku platform and Amazon Fire TV and can’t wait for new audiences to get access to and catch up on our premium programming.”
Roku and Fire TV support are crucial for streaming services since the two device makers control more than 50% of the streaming media player market among U.S. broadband households.
Epix was fairly late to the game in terms of launching a direct-to-consumer streaming product, at least in terms of its premium network competitors like HBO, Showtime and Starz. But Epix’s service is competitively priced compared to HBO Now at $14.99 per month, Showtime Now at $11.99 per month and Starz at $8.99 per month.
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.
Epix said that 4K content will be available right away on Roku devices and will arrive soon on Fire TV devices.