Epix to launch on Comcast in June, expand reach to 70M homes

Epix headquarters in New York City. (Ben Munson/FierceCable)

Somewhat later than expected, premium channel Epix is launching in June on Comcast, including the voice-enabled X1 platform as well as the Xfinity Stream app and web portal.

The companies announced a carriage agreement in late November 2017 and said that Epix would show up on Comcast in early 2018. Epix declined to comment on the slight holdup but said it was happy to be launching on Comcast.

With the deal, Epix now reaches approximately 70 million homes across traditional and emerging distributors.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the team at Comcast to bring our expanded lineup of original programming and extensive movie catalogue to their customers,” said Michael Wright, president of EPIX, in a statement.

“Comcast’s broad reach and coverage in key markets throughout the country, combined with its trailblazing efforts in delivering a state-of-the-art customer experience, make it an industry leader on every level,” said Monty Sarhan, EPIX general manager, in a statement.

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Since November, Epix has been run by former Amblin Partners CEO and Turner alum Wright. This year Epix will premiere spy thriller Deep State, season two of Get Shorty and season three of CIA drama “Berlin Station.” The network will also roll out new series soon, including Godfather of Harlem and Pennyworth, an origin series focused on Batman’s butler.

“Our goal has always been to offer our customers more choices and the ability to access all the programming they desire when and where they want it,” said Daniel Spinosa, vice president of video entertainment services for Comcast Cable, in a statement. “We’re excited to bring EPIX into the fold and offer both their growing catalog of top quality original programming, and their robust movie library to all subscribers, across all platforms.”