AT&T has finally reached a carriage agreement with Epix that will allow DIRECTV to carry the premium movie channel starting May 19.
Epix, which is owned by MGM, has not been available on DIRECTV since its launch nearly 10 years ago, although it has been carried by other major pay TV providers such as Comcast, Dish and Charter, and even the AT&T-owned U-verse.
DIRECTV executives once said publicly that they didn’t think they needed Epix because they carried other premium channels such as Starz, HBO and Cinemax.
But in an announcement today, AT&T, which now owns DIRECTV, said Epix is a “great addition” to the satcaster’s lineup.
“We are pleased to add EPIX to our vast content offering in the premium TV category. With its growing lineup of original programming, EPIX is a great addition for our DIRECTV customers,” said Dan York, AT&T’s senior executive vice president and chief content officer.
DIRECTV will charge $5.99 a month for Epix.
AT&T said today that the channel will also be added soon to DIRECTV Now, its live service, but pricing was not announced.
Epix features first-run films from Lionsgate, Paramount and the MGM studio such as A Quiet Place and Arrival as well as original shows such as Get Shorty, Berlin Station (pictured) and Deep State.
— Phillip Swann