SOURCE: Avail-TVN

Avail-TVN

January 21, 2010 08:00 ET

Multi-Platform Content Company EPIX Kicks Off the Year With Avail-TVN

Agreement Launches Premium Entertainment Service's Ability to Deploy VOD

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - Avail-TVN, the largest digital media services company in North America, announces an industry-wide, long-term digital media services deal with premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service, EPIX™.

The agreement provides EPIX with the technological capability to access over 48 million video-on-demand (VOD) households via every service provider in North America, providing a seamless on-ramp to launch as affiliate agreements are completed. EPIX has already completed agreements with Verizon FiOS and Cox Communications. Today, EPIX offers more than 300 hours of multi-platform content in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD), including new Hollywood releases, expansive movie libraries, original programming and special comedy and concert events from joint venture partners Viacom Inc., its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Lionsgate. EPIX also provides subscribers with online access to more than 7,000 hours of movies and specials.

"Avail-TVN played an instrumental role in launching EPIX on VOD quickly and seamlessly last summer. As a next-generation multiplatform premium entertainment offering, we are strongly committed to embracing new technologies that best serve our consumers," said Robert Sussman, SVP of Business Operations at EPIX. "Avail-TVN has already proven to be an invaluable partner and we look forward to continuing to work with them as we deliver VOD content to other multichannel video partners."

"We are delighted to announce our agreement with EPIX," said Jim Riley, chief revenue officer at Avail-TVN. "EPIX has been innovative in approaching distribution opportunities -- embracing a broad range of digital media services -- to provide their affiliates and consumers with multiple viewing options to access high-quality movies anywhere, anytime and on nearly any platform they choose."

EPIX is the only premium service that provides its entire monthly line-up on video-on-demand, online and on the linear channel. Among the VOD services EPIX will use from Avail-TVN is the Emmy®-nominated ADONISS™ asset management system, which provides a web-based remote interface for both affiliates and programmers, allowing users to track content, view menu structures, and modify metadata anywhere in the VOD value chain.

About Avail-TVN

Avail-TVN is the largest digital media services company in North America. Working with every major studio and television network, the company offers a full content line up of MPEG-4 encoded live programming as well as video on demand content in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to multichannel video providers throughout the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Avail-TVN platform is an open, advanced technology, offering the most comprehensive, end-to-end solution for licensing, managing, distributing and marketing linear and on-demand content to virtually any platform today and is extensible to support the new services of tomorrow.

About EPIX

EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation multiplatform premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. EPIX is currently distributed by Verizon FiOS on Channel 395 in SD and Channel 895 in HD. Cox Communications and Mediacom Communications will begin distributing EPIX in April 2010. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of the partner studios, EPIX will deliver films from Paramount, Paramount Vantage, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies released theatrically on or after January 1, 2008 and MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically on or after January 1, 2009, which will be available exclusively to its subscribers.

Providing a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service, EPIX will air new Hollywood titles plus classic feature films, original series, and music and comedy specials. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up on video-on-demand, online and on the linear channel. Further, EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry's most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available online to subscribers via its enhanced service, EPIX Megaplex.

The joint venture controls all rights to EPIX's programming and Viacom provides operational support, including marketing and affiliate services through its MTV Networks division.

Visit EPIX at www.epixhd.com.

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