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Will DIRECTV Add EPIX?

Q. Any chance that DIRECTV will add the Epix channel? It has a lot of cool movies. — Wayne, Fairfax, Virginia.

Wayne, I don’t believe DIRECTV has any immediate plans to add the Epix channel. In case you are not familiar with Epix, the movie channel is owned by a consortium of MGM, Lionsgate and Paramount. With the three studios behind it, it sometimes gets access to new movies earlier than other premium channels, such as Interstellar.

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In the last few years, DIRECTV executives have said they have little or no interest in Epix, adding that they feel they already carry a sufficient number of premium movie channels.

However, there are a few things that suggest that could change in the next year or so.

First, in 2014, AT&T, which became DIRECTV’s corporate parent in 2015, signed a deal with Epix to carry its entire four-channel suite, which includes Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In.

The telco did not reveal the terms of the agreement, such as when it’s scheduled to expire. But when it does end, it’s likely AT&T will then try to negotiate a carriage agreement for both AT&T’s UVerse service and DIRECTV. AT&T executives have said they eventually want its UVerse service and DIRECTV service to have the same lineups.

So, when could that happen? Many carriage deals last just three years so it’s quite possible that the AT&T-Epix agreement will come up for renewal next year. (It’s also not inconceivable that AT&T will try to negotiate dual carriage before the current pact is scheduled to expire because it’s anxious to streamline the lineups for its two TV services.)

Second, in the last few years, more TV providers have added Epix, including Net TV services, Sling TV and Sony’s Play Station Vue. DIRECTV’s current decision not to carry Epix puts it at a slight competitive disadvantage with movie fans, or at least, fans of Epix’s movie lineup.

So, bottom line: Don’t expect DIRECTV to add Epix anytime soon, but I would bet it’s coming in the next year or so.

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15 Comments on Will DIRECTV Add EPIX?

  1. Directv! Please add epix!!! There are shows and movies I want to see and record!! Please add it!

  2. Michelane Spanburg // October 5, 2016 at 12:38 am // Reply

    Please add epix tv!!!!

  3. Nancy Svejda // October 7, 2016 at 1:04 am // Reply

    Direct TV please add EPIX TV we want it and a lot of people do also so please add it. I want to watch a lot of the movies they have, and so do many of your customers.

  4. Susan Weber // October 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm // Reply

    I have to say that I have had Direct TV for many years. Over the years the customer service has been terrible and now they are failing to keep up with Comcast. Unfortunately we have no choice but to have satellite tv and Dish is worse than Direct TV. It’s really too bad!!

  5. I agree with all of you. I pay over $220. dollars monthly. The picture often gets scrambled. No longer a fan. Seriously considering changing and leaving Direct TV

  6. I’m a returning subscriber to Directv even though they do NOT carry 2 of the channels that I watch (Pac-12 and Epix). About 2 week ago I decided to supplement this oversight by subscribing to Sling. Cost, about $25 monthly. Sling has the sports I was missing AND Epix. I realize $25 is more than most people want to add to their Directv bills. That said, I also use ATT for my wireless phone and that package saving, reduces my Sling subscription a bit.

  7. Richard Howard // October 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm // Reply

    Been a DirecTV subscriber for many years, including a move. They have over the years either chargedfor any “new” channels or give us 100 free shopping channels. Subscribers ask for channels and either get charged or they refuse. Must be the American way, get as much money as possible. Damn shame.

  8. Dana Bertrand // October 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm // Reply

    I want Epic on Direct TV….I pay over $300/mo for service…want Epic!!!!!

  9. Wanda Sykes now has a show on Epix. Please add Epix to DirecTV asap!

  10. MARK SLONE // April 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm // Reply

    PLESE HAD EPIX TO DIRECTV asap!

  11. James Traube // August 11, 2017 at 8:39 am // Reply

    I’ve had D/TV for 12 years and am getting very
    Close to being Done ✅. Att has done a Great
    Job of making Sure you Cannot Understand or
    Believe anything they Say !!! It is very Frustrating
    To be Transferred for 45 Minutes With no Results
    & it’s getting much Worse Rather than Better
    Getting very Close to a Change !!!

  12. Please
    Ad PAC 12 games–we hate missing them

  13. I have read past comments on the Directv/EPIX question. What is the latest information, as of mid-October, 2017? If none, who do we contact at Directv?

  14. since a t n t also has pac 12, probably get epix same time, i heard it happens on the 12th of never, johnny mathis told me

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