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Amazon Extends Epix Movie Licensing Pact

Epix has extended its movie licensing pact with Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service.

The multiyear pact covers new releases from Epix studio partners Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate as well as all library titles including “The Hunger Games” (pictured), “Rocky,” films in the James Bond and “Star Trek” series and Epix original productions such as documentaries, concert and comedy specials.

Deal calls for new releases from the Epix partners to land on Amazon 90 days after a title premieres on Epix, which is typically eight to 10 months after a film bows in theaters. Epix has the same SVOD output deal with Netflix.

“Programming from Epix and its three studio partners has been exceptionally popular among Prime members, and by extending this agreement, we continue to deliver on our promise to provide great titles for Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Amazon’s VP of digital video content acquisition.

Epix first carved out a third-party digital SVOD window in a groundbreaking 2010 deal with Netflix. In 2012 those rights became non-exclusive to Netflix, and Epix promptly set an agreement with Amazon.

Said Epix prexy-CEO Mark Greenberg: “This partnership highlights the incredible value of the Epix content offering and provides yet another example of our ability to find creative ways to deliver that content to consumers across multiple platforms.”

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