Epix Cast offers an easy approach for viewers to tide cinema to their connected TVs


Epix is launching a new underline that could make it easier than ever before to tide cinema on your Internet-connected TV — Epix Cast, that allows we to find a film in a mobile Epix app and afterwards play it on your TV, even if a app hasn’t been commissioned on that TV.

I saw a demo of Epix Cast final week. While there are other services that can spin your phone into a connected TV remote, we was tender by a morality of a Epix Cast experience. When we find a film that we like in a app, there’s a “Tap to TV” choice that will move adult a list of all a connected TVs and other media-streaming inclination on your WiFi network. Select a device and your film will start personification a few seconds later.

Epix says a underline works with intelligent TV models from LG, Sony, Vizio and other manufacturers, as good as Google Chromecast and Sony’s Internet-connected Blu-ray players. The association also plans to supplement support for Samsung intelligent TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo and Xbox.

During a demo, we switched between mixed TVs, and any time, a film picked adult right where we’d left off. Epix Cast doesn’t just counterpart a video that’s personification on your phone, though checks online to find a top peculiarity chronicle that will work on your TV, pronounced Chief Digital Officer Jon Dakss (who assimilated Epix from NBCUniversal final year).

The record comes from Vizbee, a mostly under-the-radar startup that’s been building a height for this really purpose. Vizbee CEO Darren Feher (who, like Dakss, used to work during NBCUniversal) argued that while  mobile apps can offer a good proceed to find content, they’re not good for examination videos that are longer than a few minutes. So he wanted to emanate a seamless tie between a app and your TV.

Dakss combined that this proceed felt right for Epix, since while a network has started to experiment with a possess strange shows, a concentration stays on big movies like Star Trek Beyond and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of a Shadows (to collect a integrate of examples from a “most watched” section).

“It was a no-brainer, formed on our content,” Dakss said. “We’ve got a biggest cinema out there in Hollywood, and they’re dictated to be enjoyed on a best reward knowledge in your house.”

He also remarkable that while Epix has built apps for a accumulation of inclination (including Xbox, Playstation, iOS and Android), this gives a network a streaming participation on even some-more TVs though carrying to build for any platform. That doesn’t meant Epix is abandoning a local app strategy, though Dakss said, “This now enables us to be a lot some-more selective.”

Epix was combined by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM in 2009 — they recently reached a understanding for MGM to take full ownership. As for either a network competence follow a lead of HBO and others by charity a standalone subscription, apart from a full wire package, Dakss was noncommittal, usually saying, “It’s an area that we continue to try and demeanour at.”

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