Epix (pronounced "epics" and stylized as "ePiX") is an American hybrid premium cable and satellite television network, and subscription video on demand service that is operated by Studio 3 Partners LLC, a joint venture of Viacom (specifically its subdivision Paramount Pictures),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lions Gate Entertainment. Viacom handles operational support for the channel, including marketing and affiliate services, through its Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The television channel features theatrically released motion pictures, documentaries,concert and comedy specials, and boxing and mixed martial arts matches.
Launched in October 2009, Epix is the youngest of the major pay cable channels in the United States. As of December 2011, Epix's programming reaches 9.5 million pay television subscribers in the United States, therefore giving the channel the lowest subscriber tally among the major U.S. pay cable channels (although far behind HBO's 29 million, and Starz's 29.1 million, and Showtime's 21.3 million pay subscribers, Epix is several decades younger than the three established pay networks). Epix (as well as its three multiplex channels, depending on the carriage of any of the latter services) are sold by pay television providers either as premium services or as part of a la carte digital movie tiers.