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MGM’s Epix launches on AT&T streaming service

MGM’s SVOD premium channels offering Epix has extended its domestic US distribution by launching on the AT&T’s streaming service for US$6 per month. The launch follows Epix and AT&T’s recently announced distribution agreement and the network’s launch on the DirecTV satellite platform on May 19. AT&T TV Now subscriberes can now sign up for a […]

SPI/Filmbox strikes Middle East deal with MGM

SPI affiliate Kino Polska S.A, has announced a licencing agreement with MGM in the Middle East. The newly signed content licence agreement will offer access to new movie titles to SPI/FilmBox subscribers in the region. The company views the Middle East as a serious area of growth.  “I’m proud to announce our partnership with one […]

Industry veterans launch US$400 million new acquisition firm

Hollywood stalwarts Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan have announced the launch of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. The company, which will launch with a US$400 million (€357 million) initial public offering, is the fifth acquisition firm launched by the pair since 2011. Such companies have grown in popularity and momentum with the technologically-driven disruption in the […]

MGM reportedly looking for partner for Epix

MGM is looking to sign up a strategic partner for its Epix pay TV service, according to a report by The Information, citing unnamed sources. According to The Information, MGM chairman Kevin Ulrich is working with investment bank LionTree to find a potential partner, and has approached entertainment companies about a possible tie-up, which would […]

Epix Now streaming service launches in the US

US TV network Epix has launched a new direct-to-consumer streaming service featuring its full library of original programming and movies. Epix Now is available on iOS, Android and Apple TV devices and is due to launch soon on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, with other device launches to follow throughout the year. The over-the-top service […]

Report: Walmart partners with MGM for Vudu content

Walmart has partnered with Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), in a deal that will see the film studio create content for its video-on-demand service Vudu, according to Reuters. The report said that the move is aimed at boosting the Vudu VOD offering but claimed that Walmart will not go toe-to-toe with services like Netflix and Hulu by […]

Katzenberg’s NewTV secures funding from big name backers

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s NewTV venture has closed an initial funding round that saw it raise US$1 billion from major studios, Liberty Global and Chinese technology group Alibaba among others. Katzenberg and Whitman’s WndrCo secured funding from Disney, Entertainment One, Fox, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, and Warner Media, in addition […]

MGM to revitalise Epix premium service with more content and distribution

MGM is planning to “reposition and expand” its underperforming premium subscription service Epix one year after acquiring it from its joint venture partners, according to chief operating officer Chris Brearton. Speaking after MGM posted Q1 results, Brearton said the service was “under-distributed, under-subscribed and under-monetised” before MGM’s acquisition of it, adding that its original programming […]

Boomerang OTT service goes live

Turner and Warner Bros’ animation subscription video-on-demand service, Boomerang, has gone live in the US. The service, which was announced last month, is aimed at “cartoon lovers of all ages” with titles taken from Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library. The service has gone live with 1,000 episodes of cartoons featuring characters like Scooby-Doo, […]

MGM takes full ownership of Epix in US$1bn deal

Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwin-Mayer is to buy Viacom and Lionsgate out of premium cable channel Epix. MGM will pay around US$1.03 billion to acquire the 80.91% of Epix it doesn’t already own. The ownership change comes after Lionsgate acquired Epix rival Starz in a US$4.4 billion deal, and made intentions to remove itself from Epix public. […]

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