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September 20, 2012 | By Meg James
Premium movie channel EPIX is becoming the lead sponsor, broadcaster and streaming partner of the Los Angeles Times' annual Envelope Screening Series. The series, created by the news organization, showcases at least a dozen films that are in contention for the Oscars and other awards. Select movies are screened by guild members and Academy Award voters at the ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks. Question-and-answer sessions and roundtable discussions with the casts and filmmakers, moderated by Times journalists, will be featured on Epix.
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 16 - 22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here. SUNDAY It's on like LeBron when Mr. James and the Eastern Conference's finest take on the best of the West at the "NBA All-Star Game" in New Orleans. 5 p.m. TNT Leading the field with 11 nominations, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is a force to be reckoned with at the "British Academy Film Awards 2014.
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December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Redbox Instant by Verizon will debut by the end of the year with four DVD rentals a month and a small library of streaming movies for the same fee as Netflix. The launch plans for the subscription video joint venture between the kiosk rental company and the telecom giant were detailed for the first time Wednesday, including a price of $8 per month. The service will debut in public beta later this month, the company said, missing its previously stated goal to be completely available by the end of 2012.
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February 7, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 9 - 15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here.     SUNDAY "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" marks the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's 1964 appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with classic clips and new performances by Eurythmics, Alicia Keys and others.
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September 4, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
"The Transformers," "Hunger Games," "The Avengers" and "Paranormal Activity" are headed to Amazon.com. Pay cable channel Epix has signed a digital distribution deal with the online retail giant, ending speculation that it might continue its current exclusive arrangement with Netflix.  Under the partnership that launched Tuesday, new movies from Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will be available to consumers who subscribe to Amazon Prime, which provides unlimited two-day shipping for products and streaming of 25,000 movies and television episodes on digital devices.
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April 19, 2010 | By Meg James
Fledging movie channel Epix continues to slowly gain traction, landing its first national distribution contract with Dish Network Corp. The deal, which is expected to be announced today, doubles the availability of the movie channel, which launched in October. In total, pay-TV customers in about 30 million homes will be able to subscribe to the channel. Dish, which has 14.1 million subscribers, will offer it as part of a high-definition package. Epix also has deals with Verizon Communications Inc.'s FiOS, Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and Mediacom Communications Corp.
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July 18, 2012 | By Joe Flint
DirecTV has fired back at Viacom Inc., saying it is the programmer's desire to force the satellite broadcaster to carry its movie channel Epix that has caused a breakdown in their negotiations for a new deal. In a statement, DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the company had reached a new agreement in principle Tuesday to carry Viacom's cable channels, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Then, Mercer said, Viacom tried to force carriage of its pay movie channel Epix as part of the contract at a cost of more than $500 million.
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March 4, 2010 | By Meg James
Talk about a crummy time to launch a movie channel. For more than two years the country has been mired in a recession, consumers have snapped shut their wallets, and Wall Street and cable operators have questioned the need for yet another premium cable service offering Hollywood movies. Mark Greenberg, the channel's top executive, must have felt like a luxury car salesman -- few customers coming through the doors. Like the economy, business is slowly picking up for Greenberg.
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August 10, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times
In a deal that could transform the landscape for digital movie distribution, start-up pay-TV channel Epix is in serious negotiations to give Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its three equity partners: Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The five-year arrangement would allow Netflix subscribers to watch movies such as "Iron Man 2," "Dinner for Schmucks" and this week's release "The Expendables" via the company's Internet streaming service, according to several people familiar with the situation.
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August 11, 2010 | By Ben Fritz and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
Start-up pay channel Epix's newly signed digital distribution deal with Netflix may make it immediately profitable but could hamper its ability to convince major cable and satellite systems to put it in more homes. The five-year deal — valued at as much as $1 billion, according to people familiar with the transaction — will put movies from Epix's studio owners Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on Netflix's Internet streaming service. Beginning Sept.
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December 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable and Viacom Inc., parent of popular channels MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, have renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The current contract between the two media powerhouses was due to expire at the end of the year. However, the talks went smoothly and neither side felt the need to go public with negotiations and run ads attacking each other. That scenario has often played out for consumers.  "We're pleased to have reached agreement in advance of our deadline," said Melinda Witmer, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief video and content officer.  Under the terms of the deal, Time Warner Cable also agreed to offer Epix, the pay-TV movie channel that Viacom co-owns, to its subscribers.
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October 15, 2013 | By Elena Howe
The seventh annual Envelope Screening Series opens Tuesday night with the acclaimed historical drama "12 Years a Slave" from director Steve McQueen. The film, based on the account of Solomon Northrup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War North who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, has connected with festival audiences and received a standing ovation from academy members at a screening on Sunday. Harrowing in its depiction of slavery, the film has been called by many awards watchers an Oscar front-runner for best picture.
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May 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Given all the different platforms that movies are available on, one might think their value as a form of programming for a cable network would be on the decline. Not so for News Corp.'s FX, which has the rights to many of the top theatrical releases of 2013, including "Iron Man 3," which last week took in over $170 million in U.S. box office. Other theatricals that will run on FX include "Pain & Gain," "Oblivion," "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "The Croods. " Although the titles will have been available on other outlets including HBO ("Oblivion")
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May 2, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
  Sometimes the Internet can amplify big ideas. Other times it's an echo chamber for random noise. The latter is the case when it comes to the so-called streamageddon at Netflix, in which various bloggers opined about the loss of titles from the subscription service's streaming library - no doubt causing panic among Netflix susbscribers wondering just what they would be getting for their monthly subscription fees. It turns out, the great "Netflix purge" of 2013 was wildly exaggerated.  PHOTOS: Cable vs. broadcast ratings The rumblings started when a site called "Instant Watcher," which monitors the comings and goings of movie and television titles, got the ball rolling, reporting that 1,794 titles, including some classic James Bond films such as "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger," would disappear on May 1. Other mainstream news sites, including CNN Money, picked up the story and attributed the development to Netflix's evolution from broad digital distributor to more selective programmer.
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December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton is the first Hollywood executive to be honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute. The 242-year-old group is giving Lynton its first-ever "Order of the Golden Sphinx" for his work supporting philanthropy and arts education during his long career in the media business, including stints at Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and AOL, before taking the reins of Sony in 2004. Lynton received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard. Previously, Hasty Pudding has given man and woman of the year awards to such performers as Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Hope.
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December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Redbox Instant by Verizon will debut by the end of the year with four DVD rentals a month and a small library of streaming movies for the same fee as Netflix. The launch plans for the subscription video joint venture between the kiosk rental company and the telecom giant were detailed for the first time Wednesday, including a price of $8 per month. The service will debut in public beta later this month, the company said, missing its previously stated goal to be completely available by the end of 2012.
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May 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Given all the different platforms that movies are available on, one might think their value as a form of programming for a cable network would be on the decline. Not so for News Corp.'s FX, which has the rights to many of the top theatrical releases of 2013, including "Iron Man 3," which last week took in over $170 million in U.S. box office. Other theatricals that will run on FX include "Pain & Gain," "Oblivion," "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "The Croods. " Although the titles will have been available on other outlets including HBO ("Oblivion")
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September 25, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Barnes & Noble Inc., in its bid to keep up with online retail rival Amazon.com, said it will begin offering movies and television shows through its Nook store starting this fall. The bookseller said Nook Video will sell and rent movies and TV shows from HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz, Viacom and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as films from Walt Disney Studios. The video can be streamed or downloaded from the Nook store, and deposited in the Nook Cloud so that it can be accessed from Internet-connected devices.
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October 23, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix Inc. on Tuesday reported a dramatic 88% drop in its third-quarter earnings, as the movie subscription service continues to invest in global expansion. The company logged just $7.7 million in net income for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $62.5 million the same time a year earlier. Revenue rose to $905.1 million, up 10% from a year ago. Netflix's streaming service gained 2 million members, bringing the number of worldwide members to 29 million.  In the U.S., subscribers to Netflix's Internet streaming service grew to 25.1 million -- up more than 20% from a year earlier.
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September 25, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Barnes & Noble Inc., in its bid to keep up with online retail rival Amazon.com, said it will begin offering movies and television shows through its Nook store starting this fall. The bookseller said Nook Video will sell and rent movies and TV shows from HBO, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz, Viacom and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as films from Walt Disney Studios. The video can be streamed or downloaded from the Nook store, and deposited in the Nook Cloud so that it can be accessed from Internet-connected devices.
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