Netflix has closed a deal with Epix to stream movies from the HD network starting September 1, 2010. The deal, said to be worth around $1 billion over the course of five years, immediately pushes Epix (a partnership between Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount) into profitability:
Viacom-operated Epix is a partnership between Lionsgate, MGM and Viacom’s own studio, Paramount. The studios will provide movies to Netflix 90 days after their premium pay TV and on-demand windows.
“The deal allows us to preserve our traditional relationships with the MSOs,” said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, “while allowing us to create new revenue streams.” The offerings to Netflix, which will include new releases and library titles, will not be branded as Epix movies, Lionsgate executives said.