10.28.2009Personal Tech

Coming Soon: EPIX on Verizon FiOS TV and Internet

Movie night for Verizon subscribers will have a bold new meaning as the company's all-fiber-optic FiOS service launches the new movie channel EPIX - on TV and online - on Friday (Oct. 30).

EPIX will be available in standard definition on channel 395, in high definition on channel 895, and on FiOS TV Video on Demand (VOD).  In addition, more than 150 movies will be available every month for EPIX subscribers online at www.epixhd.com.  To access the content, customers must subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet.

"We're taking the lead in delivering the richest and best entertainment to movie-lovers, on whatever platform they choose," said Terry Denson, vice president of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon.  "On TV, on VOD and online - FiOS TV subscribers are the first to enjoy the incredible quality and variety of EPIX that's available only from Verizon."

Verizon FiOS is the first provider to launch the new channel, and has been offering a free preview of EPIX on-demand since August.  FiOS TV customers will get to check out the EPIX HD and SD channels free of charge, from Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.  EPIX will be available for sale starting Nov. 2, for $9.99 per month.  The easiest way for customers to get all that EPIX has to offer is by tuning to EPIX on FiOS TV and clicking the remote to subscribe, using Verizon's unique on-screen ordering.  EPIX also can be ordered either online by visiting www.verizon.com/fiostvcentral or by calling Verizon at 888-553-1555.

"Verizon FiOS pushes technological boundaries to deliver the very best service and programming to its subscribers, which is why an EPIX-FiOS partnership comes so naturally," said Mark Greenberg, president of EPIX.  "Home entertainment is undeniably changing, and by partnering with EPIX, FiOS will deliver feature films, original series and comedy and music events to the next generation of premium viewers on TV, on demand and online at EpixHD.com."

EPIX is the new premium entertainment joint venture formed by Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate.  The channel will showcase dozens of recent releases from Paramount, Paramount Vantage, MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate, along with thousands of classic films.

Upon launch, the EPIX programming lineup will include the worldwide television and online premieres of an exclusive two-hour special concert event: Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet: Live from Buenos Aires."  In addition, customers will get to see Marvel's blockbuster film "Iron Man;" the exclusive comedy special "Eddie Izzard: Live From Wembley;" and more than 15 world television movie premieres including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Madea Goes to Jail," "Pink Panther 2," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and more.

Verizon's FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels including more than 123 HD channels and more than 18,000 monthly VOD titles, 70 percent of which are free.  In addition, FiOS TV VOD includes more than 2,400 HD titles.  FiOS TV also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; news, entertainment and social TV widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR; and more.  Verizon FiOS Internet is a leader in providing the fastest broadband connections, delivering Internet access with downstream connection speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream connections of up to 25 Mbps.