SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hulu and the premium entertainment network EPIX have closed a landmark, multi-year digital SVOD deal that will bring new releases from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to Hulu for the first time beginning October 1st.
Recent hits from EPIX, including Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Interstellar, Selma, Top Five and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which have never before been available on a streaming SVOD service, will become available on Hulu in the coming months.
At launch, blockbuster films such as, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek: Into Darkness, World War Z, Wolf of Wall Street, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Robocop, God’s Not Dead, and more, will become available to Hulu subscribers for the first time.
Comedies, including Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Anchorman 2, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas as well as indie favorites such as, In a World, All is Lost, and Much Ado About Nothing will also be available streaming this October. The extensive collection of popular, classic film titles from EPIX includes franchises such as, the James Bond, Rocky, Star Trek, Paranormal Activity, Beverly Hills Cop, and Friday the Thirteenth films. Epix Original Specials, including Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour, Russell Brand: Messiah Complex, P!nk: The Truth about Love Tour, and Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Sexy Funny will also be available.
“Hulu already offers some of the best and biggest titles in television programming, but our subscribers have been asking us for more, and more recent, big movies. We listened. Through this new deal with EPIX, we are proud to now be able to offer a huge selection of the biggest blockbusters and premium films,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “This is a landmark deal for Hulu and it marks a huge expansion for our offering of premium programming.”
“Hulu has become one of the most popular premium streaming services and EPIX’s agreement is evidence of their understanding of the value that our blockbuster Hollywood films, deep library of classic film titles and original programming brings to consumers,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “We are excited to be partnering with Hulu, and share their commitment to providing viewers a truly premium experience, particularly as we enter the next phase of our network’s growth and development.”
Hulu will continue to roll out new hit titles, library films and original programming from EPIX through each year of the deal, bringing thousands of new theatrical releases and classic film titles to Hulu subscribers. All new theatrical releases and original programming will be available during its digital streaming window, which begins 90 days after the start of the traditional pay television window.
The deal represents a significant expansion in Hulu’s film offering. Over the past year, Hulu has become the streaming home to a significant number of films from the IFC Films collection through its deal with AMC Networks, and became the first-ever streaming service to offer a premium add-on through its platform with its distribution deal with SHOWTIME. Hulu is also the exclusive streaming home to hundreds of classic, award-winning films from The Criterion Collection.
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that offers thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content and full seasons of hit series to subscribers across millions of internet-connected devices in the U.S. Hulu is the only streaming subscription service that offers current season content from 5 of the 6 largest U.S. broadcast networks. Since its launch in 2007, Hulu has been at the intersection of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on XBox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Chromecast and Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).