Monday, October 10, 2022

Goodbye EPIX, Hello MGM+

I don't currently subscribe to EPIX. I have, but I don't subscribe to pay streaming services for very long, usually just for a month, long enough to catch up on stuff, then cancel until some time later.

Having said that, EPIX is a pretty good streaming service. It's not one I normally think about, and based on the subscriber base for the top ten pay streaming services, a lot of others are that way as well. And that's really not a good indication of the programming available.

For EPIX, you can add that as part of a cable or satellite service. But there is a standalone service, EPIX NOW, that give you the same thing without cable/satellite. It's what streamers would use, so that means us.

EPIX NOW is $6/month and one of the more reasonably priced services. It's less than 1/3 of the cost of the top tier Netflix service, and less than half the cost of the mid-tier Netflix. It's even less than the lowest Netflix tier. It's less than half the cost of HBO Max. Okay, I won't go on, but you get the idea. It's cheaper than most.

Of course, it doesn't have all the recent blockbusters of the other services, either. But it does have a decent catalog of content, and if you want a cheaper service with good content, it is a viable alternative.

So what's all this about "Goodbye EPIX?" Well, the EPIX service will no longer exist as of January 15, 2023. It's not shutting down. It's rebranding. EPIX will become MGM+ on that day.

The newly unveiled brand will debut on January 15, 2023, in conjunction with the Season Three premiere of the acclaimed series Godfather of Harlem. The show's second season was EPIX's best performing season of all time, breaking records for single-title streams in a single day across EPIX's digital channels. The Season Two finale was EPIX's best performing finale episode to date.

"MGM is one of the most iconic and beloved brands from the golden age of entertainment," said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. "This rebrand is a promise to existing and new viewers that MGM+ is the place to find television that reflects and celebrates the legacy of the iconic MGM brand -- cinematic programming with sophisticated storytelling that entertains, delights, surprises, and transports. MGM is television for movie lovers."

Essentially, it's just a name change. Everything else remains the same. Even the EPIX app will magically become the MGM+ app on that day.

Should you wait until January to try MGM+? Well, no, not really. Since EPIX will simply be rebranded in January, you can get the same thing today with EPIX. Try it for a month. It's $6, and if you don't find it worth it, don't resubscribe. Cancel and finish out the subscription.

I'll try out EPIX/MGM+ again soon. It's been a while since I've done that. I may find that it get added to my regular rotation of services that I used to enhance my Streaming Life. You may find the same.

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