Viacom's EPIX Finds Second Cable Distributor In Cox Communications

Epix, the movie and entertainment streaming network that works across your TV, computer, and mobile phone, has officially landed a second cable provider for its service: Cox Communications. We wrote about the service here and here. Cox was rumored to be in negotiations with EPIX in December. SAI was tipped on the deal over the weekend but the official announcement of the partnership was made today by the two companies.

Jointly backed by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM, EPIX provides access to over 15,000 movie titles. The company originally signed a deal with Verizon FIOS, which was somewhat limiting considering only some 2 million people use Verizon’s cable service. Cox brings more clients to EPIX with its base of 6.2 million customers, which including 2.7 million digital cable subscribers. EPIX will brings its programming to Cox customers starting in April 2010. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

One of our main issues with EPIX was that it was tied to Verizon FIOS but it appears that the company is steadily adding more cable providers to distribute its service. Epix was also said to be close to an agreement with the Dish Network, which would bring a large list of 14 million subscribers. Unfortunately, the platform offers a sliver of available movies out there, since it only includes only the movies available through the studios that are backing the company. But EPIX is useful because it transcends over the TV and your computer and its fairly easy to use.