PlayStation Network to Get Epix AppBy: Sean Patterson - January 3, 2013
Sony today announced that content from video-on-demand service Epix will soon be added to the PlayStation Network. The deal between Sony and Epix will add over 3,000 new movies, concerts, and sports programming to the library of titles available to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita owners in the U.S. Epix subscribers will be able to use an Epix app to stream content through their Sony devices.
Epix is a joint venture between Viacom, MGM, and Lionsgate. In addition to its on-demand offerings, which are available on many cable and satellite services, as well as online and through mobile apps, the Epix premium TV channel broadcasts content that includes movies, boxing, and mixed martial arts events.
Epix had long had a deal with Netflix to provide its content over the service’s Watch Instantly streaming service. However, Epix ended its relationship with Netflix in September 2012, signing with Amazon to bring movies such as The Hunger Games to Amazon Instant Video. The PlayStation 3 already features an Amazon Instant Video app, meaning many of the same titles will be found on both services.
Sony has stated that the new Epix app will be launching on the PlayStation 3 sometime “this quarter,” and an app for the Vita will be coming “later in the spring.”