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Comcast Signs Up Epix, But What About DIRECTV?

Comcast has agreed to carry Epix, leaving DIRECTV as the last major pay TV operator not to offer the premium channel.

Epix said in a press release today that it will be added to Comcast’s lineup in early 2018. The channel did not reveal the exact launch day or pricing. Most pay TV operators offer Epix for a separate monthly fee, similar to HBO and Showtime.

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“Comcast’s Xfinity TV is one of the most innovative and powerful distribution platforms for entertainment content across the United States,” said Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc, which owns Epix. “As we increase our investment in original series, expand content offerings and commit more resources to developing EPIX’s brand and appeal, we are excited to partner with Comcast and bring EPIX’s suite of premium content to their customers.”

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Epix offers original programming such as Berlin Station (pictured above), Graves and Get Shorty as well as movies from MGM, Paramount and Lion’s Gate studios such as ArrivalTransformers: The Last Knight, The Magnificent Seven, Me Before You, Daddy’s Home.

The channel is already carried by such large TV operators as Dish, Verizon, Charter, Cox and AT&T’s U-verse. The U-verse carriage has been a sore spot for Epix because AT&T also owns DIRECTV, which has steadfastly refused to carry it.

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Prior to the AT&T merger, DIRECTV executives said it didn’t want Epix because they believed there were already a sufficient number of premium channels in the satcaster’s lineup.

The AT&T merger in 2015 triggered speculation that that policy would change, but to date, Epix is still available on U-verse, but not DIRECTV.

Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, the live streaming services, also offer Epix in their lineups.

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— Phillip Swann