Epix, CenturyLink Carve Out Carriage Deal

CenturyLink to offer premium fare from Epix to Prism TV subs
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Epix said it has scored a carriage deal with CenturyLink, which will offer the premium service, including  EPIX (East and West), EPIX 2, and EPIX Hits, to the telco’s Prism TV subscribers.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the multiplatform deal does include TV Everywhere access to more than 3,000 titles available from the premium programmer on Epix.com and via the Epix app.

Epix said the deal with CenturyLink marks the third to involve the top ten from NCTC members within the last year.

It also comes amid some changes to CenturyLink’s video strategy that are well underway.

CenturyLink has already said it is deemphasizing Prism TV, its current full-freight IPTV service that’s powered by the Ericsson Mediaroom platform, as the telco moves ahead with a new slimmed-down OTT TV package that, it believes, will be more economically attractive.

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CenturyLink, which plans to start the commercial availability an OTT TV product that’s currently being trialed in a handful of markets, ended 2016 with 325,000 Prism TV subs.

Epix, a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), is available in more than 50 million homes. Reuters reported recently that MGM is in talks with Viacom and Lionsgate to purchase their stakes in the premium TV service.

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