Sling TV Expands Movie Options with EPIX Channels and VOD
Deal grants Sling TV live and Video-On-Demand multi-stream rights
Terms cover all channels in the EPIX portfolio including EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3 and EPIX Drive-In
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2015 – Sling TV continues to add new programming, announcing today that it has signed an agreement with EPIX that includes the EPIX channel offering – EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3 and EPIX Drive-In plus more than 2,000 movie and entertainment titles on-demand as part of its next-generation TV service.
“Our customers crave the newest movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Transformers: Age of Extinction, but they also have a growing appetite for the classics and EPIX delivers both,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Sling TV will feature EPIX’s linear channels and movies on-demand in an add-on package that is accessible and affordable.”
“Sling TV is an innovative new way to deliver content to consumers who are looking for alternatives beyond traditional pay television,” said Mark Greenberg, president and CEO of EPIX. “From the very creation of EPIX, we have sought to capitalize on new technology to reach people with our movies where they want them, when they want them and how they want them. This is another exciting step forward with a great partner in that effort.”
Sling TV will announce the launch date, package and pricing of EPIX in the coming weeks.
Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” $20 core package delivers ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey and Galavision. This package additionally features access to WatchESPN and an array of Video-On-Demand entertainment. Customers can choose to tailor their entertainment experience with optional “Sports Extra,” “Kids Extra” and “News & Info Extra” add-on packs, each priced at $5 per month. In addition to live channels and VOD entertainment, Sling TV customers have access to content from Maker Studios.
It would appear that Sling TV is wasting no time when it comes to adding new channels to its fledgling streaming service.
Following news last week that it would soon be adding AMC channels, Sling TV announced this morning that in the coming weeks it will also be adding the Epix movie channel lineup. This new deal will add another package the consumers can choose from and will include Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3, Epix Drive-In and more than 2,000 movies and entertainment titles that will be on-demand.
This sadly won’t be part of the $20 base package that Sling TV is offering, but it will still be an interesting addition to the new service. The price of the Epix package was not announced yet, but Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV said that it will be “accessible and affordable.”
Sling TV launched only last week to the general public and no information is yet available on how many subscribers it has, but one has to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for traditional cable. While there are still fees involved, the allure of no contracts and the ability to mix and match your packages has to be making at least a few cable executives a bit nervous.1