Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Amazon lands Epix film deal

Epix, the pay TV service owned by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM, has licensed movies such as the "Avengers" and "Ironman" for Amazon's Prime Instant Video service.

Amazon has just announced a Web licensing deal that has enables it to boast it now offers movies from every major Hollywood studio.
Epix, the pay TV service, is giving Amazon's Prime Instant Video service access to such movies as "The Hunger Games," "Super 8" and "Thor."
The move was not unexpected.
Epix, a joint venture of Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate, had an exclusive Web licensing deal with Netflix but that deal ran out in August.
Epix movies are still available on Netflix, but the pay-TV service didn't waste any time adding new distribution partners. Epix previously said that it would license movies for kiosk company Redbox's streaming service.
The Amazon deal is notable because the Web's biggest retailer is quickly expanding the size of its streaming library and closing the gap on rival Netflix, which has long boasted the largest selection of streaming films and TV shows.

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