Apple seeking streaming content partners for Apple television. Hello EPIX!

by umOuch on May 2, 2012


epix apple tv Apple seeking streaming content partners for Apple television. Hello EPIX!

It would seem that Apple is looking to EPIX in hopes of creating a content partnership allowing Apple to stream movies on both their set top boxes, and the up and coming Apple television. EPIX, for those of you hiding under a rock, is a streaming content provider created by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, MGM, and Viacom’s Paramount Pictures. According to the folks over at REUTERS:

Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX [...] on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations. One of the sources told Reuters that any discussions would apply to its set-top box and also to upcoming devices that stream content. Talks with EPIX are in the preliminary stages and no agreement is considered near, the source said.

If you are a regular visitor here at Apple TV Hacks, it is no surprise to hear that Apple is making moves towards its Apple Television Development. It is interesting, however, to note that they are going after EPIX. According to REUTERS, EPIX is in the final stages of an agreement set with Netflix back in 2010. The arrangement leaves Netflix paying an estimated $200 million per year for exclusive rights to stream EPIX’s content to the U.S. market. If Apple follows through, successfully, this agreement would bolster the Apple TV into a an ever growing market of streaming content devices.

But wait, I have some magic to share! Are you finding yourself not wanting to wait for this to go through, or fail? Well, fear not… umOuch has a tip for you! Famed XBMC developer bluecop has a great add-on that is available today that allows access to EPIX on your Apple TV. OH the magic of XBMC.

Download bluecop XBMC repo
http://code.google.com/p/bluecop-xbmc-repo/
And here is how to install it on your Apple TV 2: How to install XBMC add-ons and plugins on Apple TV

Enjoy!

umOuch (Andrew Brasher)

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  • Denizzz

    Is it possible to stream for free from Epix, with the add-on of bluecop?
    or does it only allows access to the EPIX network and still needed to pay for a stream?

  • Anonymous

    With Dish I already have Epix 1,2 & 3 available for
    streaming!  Epix was one of the Free HD Movie channels Dish gave me when I
    signed up for the Blockbuster @ Home movie package, along with the over 100,000
    title library from Blockbuster.  I’m getting BB @ home free for three
    months, and they also just added another 6,000 titles to the streaming
    library.  A Dish coworker showed me how to work BB @ Home on his new
    Hopper, and I signed up immediately after.  Tons of movies, Free HD
    channels and great streaming are a few of the reasons I stay with Dish.

  • Denizzz

    uhmmmm… what is Dish ?

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