May 07, 2012

NEWS: EPIX purchases rights to air The Hunger Games first on TV & online

You might still remember that back in March, it was reported that ABC Family has purchased the rights to premiere The Hunger Games film on TV 30 months after its theatrical release. But now, it seems like ABC Family isn't the only one. According to a press release from Marketwatch, EPIX, an American premium channel that offers a video-on-demand and an online movie streaming feature, now also owns the rights to have the film available On demand, online and on mobile apps first.

Here's the press release:
NEW YORK, May 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, is proud to announce the addition of two of 2012′s premier box office hits, Marvel Studio’s and Paramount’s The Avengers and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games to its growing library of great films. Both films allow EPIX to continue its exclusive offering of “BIG MOVIES” to subscribers On Demand, online at, and through EPIX apps. 
The Avengers had a stand out opening weekend grossing $200.3 million domestically and is on track for a strong performance globally. The Hunger Games has earned a colossal $618.0 million around the world since its late-March premiere. It has grossed more than $380.0 million at the North American box office and is currently ranked 14th among the all time highest grossing films. 
“EPIX is all about providing its subscribers the biggest and best movies anytime and anywhere. We are thrilled to bring this year’s two biggest blockbuster titles to the EPIX slate, providing even more value to our viewers and affiliated distributors. We congratulate our studio partners, Paramount and Lionsgate, on their tremendous success,” said EPIX CEO and President Mark Greenberg.


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