Epix is talking with Dish Network Corp. and other carriers, and expects to secure another distribution deal by early 2010, the premium channel’s top executive said Thursday.
Mark Greenberg, president-CEO of Epix, said he is "pretty confident" that another deal will soon be in place, possibly within the next several weeks.
"If a deal slides from this year to early next year, that’s fine by us," he added. "It’s more important to get the deals right because the deals last for three to five years."
Epix launched Oct. 30 as a joint venture of Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp and MGM with just one distribution partner, Verizon Communications’ FiOS TV service. It is currently available only to about 2.5 million households.