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Goodbye, HBO. Hello, Epix

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09-15-2014, 11:17 AM
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Goodbye, HBO. Hello, Epix

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...ies-show-added

ESPN's Burnside reports that the NHL will partner with Epix ("a collaboration of heavyweight Hollywood film studios Lionsgate Entertainment, MGM and Paramount Pictures") to produce four segments leading up to the Winter Classic. AND four segments leading up to Stadium Series.

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The shows will be available on cable and multiple platforms in the United States. It’s expected Rogers Communications, which owns the NHL’s national broadcast partner in Canada Sportsnet, will share the production costs and air the series in Canada. The two series will be available in the United States commercial free and, as in the past with HBO’s popular and critically acclaimed "24/7 Road To The Winter Classic series," will provide fans an uncensored look at players, coaches and managers during the lead-up to the outdoor events.
Details coming at 9/23 presser.

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Production qualities, always a defining element of the previous three HBO productions, are again expected to be high with per-episode production budgets expected to be about $400,000 -- on the high end for television documentaries, a source told ESPN.com.

The theory is that the bigger the budget, the more cameras and production and editing quality go into the project, thus producing a more refined product.


Epix has 50m US subscribers, but series will be available to all US hockey fans. (Deets @ 9/23 presser)

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Epix has 50m US subscribers, but series will be available to all US hockey fans. (Deets @ 9/23 presser)
they just finished a "free weekend" on my cable provider. I've never even heard about it before and its part of the "enhanced movie" package along with things like starz, cinemax and hbo.

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I hope they can keep Schreiber.

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Is Epix better than Showtime?

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Is Epix on the level of Encore?

Never heard of that channel before.

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Is Epix on the level of Encore?

Never heard of that channel before.
Pretty much. It is fairly standard premium movie channel. Verizon offers it on the same package as Showtime and Cinemax.

Most of their programming I believe is also available on Netflix as well.

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Pretty much. It is fairly standard premium movie channel. Verizon offers it on the same package as Showtime and Cinemax.

Most of their programming I believe is also available on Netflix as well.
Interesting, I don't think I will get this channel (I have HBO/Starz)

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Despite its growth, Epix is still a minnow next to the competition: HBO counts 29.2 million subscribers, Showtime 22.8 million and Starz 22 million, compared with 5.7 million for Epix as of last September (2013), according to SNL Kagan. But Epix’ subscribers are actually closer to 10 million, according to sources close to the company.
From a NY Post article.

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Just doing a quick look it appears that Canadian fans are out of luck?

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Are they even on Directv???? I can't find it on my guide.

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Epix can be found on channel Pi on your local cable systems.

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Epix is fairly new. i have time warner cable in queens new york, and they gave a few month of epix for free. to subscribe its the same price as HBO, Shotime, Etc. 15.95 a month.

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I have an EPIX app on my Xbox, I can't remember if I needed a subscription to view its content or not. I haven't used the app in months. But I guess it doesn't really matter if its going to be available for "all hockey fans".

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Just doing a quick look it appears that Canadian fans are out of luck?
I though rogers was down to pay for the production costs, so my guess is that you wont be out of luck.

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Well.... the NHL found a way to make it work with the Outdoor Life Network, so let's hope they're successful here.

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Just doing a quick look it appears that Canadian fans are out of luck?
I would expect this to be aired on Rogers - like it was aired on CBC last year.

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Funny. I just got a free preview of Epix that ended last night. If it costs the same as HBO and Showtime, that's ridiculous because all they did was play a bunch of awful movies from what I saw.

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Funny. I just got a free preview of Epix that ended last night. If it costs the same as HBO and Showtime, that's ridiculous because all they did was play a bunch of awful movies from what I saw.
Anchorman2 is not awful (although not as good as the original). Stay classy!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epix_%28TV_network%29

Looks like it's on DISH but not DirecTV.

And it's formed from MGM, Paramount(Viacom) and Lionsgate.

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I expect this will be on Rogers in Canada. It looks like Epix's reach is limited but if it's made available in Netflix (which apparently allot of shows on Epix are based on what I'm hearing), it will be pretty much as accessible in the U.S as HBO. I'm don't have the stats but I would assume more americans subscribe to Netflix than HBO? If so it actually could mean increased exposure. (if they also put on Netflix)

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I hope they can keep Schreiber.
I wouldn't mind seeing Jeremy Clarkson or John Oliver narrate for this new series.

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I expect this will be on Rogers in Canada. It looks like Epix's reach is limited but if it's made available in Netflix (which apparently allot of shows on Epix are based on what I'm hearing), it will be pretty much as accessible in the U.S as HBO. I'm don't have the stats but I would assume more americans subscribe to Netflix than HBO? If so it actually could mean increased exposure. (if they also put on Netflix)
The streaming video service said Monday [July 21, 2014] that it now boasts over 50 million members in 40 countries, including 36 million in the United States.

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/21/tech...x-subscribers/

HBO has about 114 million [as of Feb 2014] total members—the number hits 133 million if you include subscribers to its Cinemax division—compared to 44 million at Netflix

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles...e-that-netflix

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I would expect this to be aired on Rogers - like it was aired on CBC last year.
Well that's not good because I'm with Bell unless it doesn't matter.

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